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by Dingbats
Sun Jul 17, 2005 5:55 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Alphabet
Replies: 21
Views: 4340

There would be no 'v' in Classical Latin; indeed, the Romans did not ever possess a letter which differed in spelling from that of their 'u' (the separate letter 'v' was invented during the Middle Ages). However, during the later Empire, the sound of our English 'v' began to emerge, even though the...
by Dingbats
Sun Jul 17, 2005 11:53 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Alphabet
Replies: 21
Views: 4340

I think the Romans just pronounced them like in English. IIRC, these are the correct 'names': a = a b = be c = ce d = de e = e f = ef g = ge h = ha i = i k = ka l = el m = em n = en o = o p = pe q = qu (cu) r = er s = es t = te u = u v = ve x = ex y = y z = zeta I don't know about Z, but I'd guess t...
by Dingbats
Mon May 30, 2005 5:55 am
Forum: The Agora
Topic: Salvete!
Replies: 5
Views: 5108

Velim saepius hic scribere, sed difficile est, et nonnumquam mihi est otium nec scribendi nec legendi. Et non bene Latine scio, e.g. credo sententiam primam huius nuntii mendosam esse. :/ Sed, fortasse plus scriberem si alii Latine loquendi plus scriberent. (Si nuntium mendosum est, sodes corrigite....
by Dingbats
Wed Apr 27, 2005 1:40 pm
Forum: Latin For Beginners by D'Ooge
Topic: Nouns ending in “-ius” and “-ium” of the second declination
Replies: 6
Views: 5784

Andrus wrote:Salve Benissimus
Hmm... maybe you should learn to form vocatives of nouns/names in -us of teh 2nd declension first? :P
by Dingbats
Tue Apr 26, 2005 3:07 pm
Forum: Latin For Beginners by D'Ooge
Topic: Nouns ending in “-ius” and “-ium” of the second declination
Replies: 6
Views: 5784

...but is usually retracted to fili, IIRC.
by Dingbats
Sun Apr 17, 2005 3:16 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Short and Long O
Replies: 13
Views: 2692

Exactly, the -ne suffix is used when asking a question.

Pulchra est means "She's beautiful", while Pulchra estne? means "Is she beautiful?". You can add -ne to any word in the sentence, to shift the focus. So Pulchrane est? would mean "Is it beautiful she is?".
by Dingbats
Fri Apr 15, 2005 5:47 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Jesus?
Replies: 6
Views: 1482

(Yay - zoos)
They surely didn't have the Z sound, did they?
by Dingbats
Wed Apr 13, 2005 2:50 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: n00b translation, need help
Replies: 3
Views: 1067

Looks good to me, except I'd leave out the "is" in the 2nd sentence.
by Dingbats
Fri Apr 08, 2005 12:33 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: SALVETE.EGO CUBLAEUS CUCLANIUS.
Replies: 9
Views: 1657

SVPINO TVO, O DINGBATS, MAXIME GAVDEO!
RECTVM ESTNE? NESCIVI RECTVMNE ESSET CVM SCRIPSIT.
by Dingbats
Fri Apr 08, 2005 12:29 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Why first person singular in dictionaries?
Replies: 16
Views: 3510

but how did they decide that if I want to look up sum esse ... that I need to turn to the 's' section instead of the 'e' section?
Well, how did they decide that if I want to look up be in an English dictionary, I need to turn to the 'b' section instead of 'a' as in 'am'?
by Dingbats
Fri Apr 08, 2005 12:24 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Understanding oral Latin
Replies: 12
Views: 2219

I guess they pronounce G's and AE different too... I really don't like Latin being pronounced as Italian.
by Dingbats
Fri Apr 08, 2005 6:03 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: SALVETE.EGO CUBLAEUS CUCLANIUS.
Replies: 9
Views: 1657

NUNTIA LITTERIS MAGNIS SCRIPTA DIFFICILIA SUNT LECTU.
by Dingbats
Thu Apr 07, 2005 2:21 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Understanding oral Latin
Replies: 12
Views: 2219

I'd say practice, practice, practice.
by Dingbats
Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:15 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Why first person singular in dictionaries?
Replies: 16
Views: 3510

Well, let's restate the question: Why is the first peson singular the first of the entries? Well, it seems you answered it, cweb.
by Dingbats
Wed Apr 06, 2005 2:16 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Why first person singular in dictionaries?
Replies: 16
Views: 3510

Yes, I know, but why not do is as in other languages where the first principle part is the infinitive and use that as the dictionary entry?
by Dingbats
Wed Apr 06, 2005 5:38 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Why first person singular in dictionaries?
Replies: 16
Views: 3510

Why first person singular in dictionaries?

Might be in the wrong forum, but why is the first person singular used instead of the infinitive for Latin verbs in dictionaries?
by Dingbats
Mon Apr 04, 2005 1:57 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Salvete! Ego,Cublaeus.
Replies: 11
Views: 2500

LATINE BONE LOQUOR
Heh, bene, non bone rectum est. Sed dubito bene loquarisne. :P
by Dingbats
Thu Mar 24, 2005 7:24 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Unpronouncable
Replies: 14
Views: 2729

Well I just can't see what's so hard with pronouncing a lot of Rs and Es. But then my native language uses rolling Rs, but anyway.
by Dingbats
Thu Mar 24, 2005 6:44 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Unpronouncable
Replies: 14
Views: 2729

I don't think they're hard to pronounce.
by Dingbats
Thu Mar 17, 2005 3:41 pm
Forum: Wheelock's Latin
Topic: indirect questions
Replies: 17
Views: 9984

Re: indirect questions

Vident quid faciat. = They see what he is doing. But vident is a complete thought in itself, so why does Latin not say: Vident quod faciat. Well, this is not a very good explanation, but anyway: If that sentence were a question, it would be Quid facit? , right? So when making it indirect, you just ...
by Dingbats
Fri Mar 11, 2005 3:24 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Looking
Replies: 2
Views: 842

Looking

How would you express something like "she looks scared" or "he looks nice" or something? Without using an adjective like pulchrus est . Would you say like videtur timere or something? Can you always use videri like that? My dictionary says something about using facies , but that seems a bit awkward ...
by Dingbats
Thu Mar 03, 2005 10:54 am
Forum: Latin For Beginners by D'Ooge
Topic: Whatever happened to...
Replies: 7
Views: 5453

Episcopus a girl? Episcopa?
by Dingbats
Mon Feb 28, 2005 3:02 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Quiz
Replies: 40
Views: 9076

I got 9/10, but the first question was weird.
by Dingbats
Mon Feb 21, 2005 6:46 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Instrumental vs Ablative
Replies: 7
Views: 2536

The ablative case does many other things, like the ablative of agent and the ablative of comparison just to name a few.
by Dingbats
Sun Feb 20, 2005 6:25 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: making questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1538

Re: making questions

whom does Marcus reprimand and rebuke ? quem Marcus monet et vituperat ? Marcus amicus monet et vituperat Amicus has to be in the accusative in the last sentence. why are inhabitants afraid of water ? what does water destroy ? cur incolae aqua timent ? quid aqua delet ? aqua campos et vineas delet....
by Dingbats
Fri Feb 18, 2005 6:55 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Please confirm clauses.
Replies: 2
Views: 877

Re: Please confirm clauses.

1. Diana was the daughter of Latona. - Diana filiam Latonae erat. "Daughter" has to be in the nominative. 2. Niobe had seven daughters. - Niobe septem filias habebat. Correct. 3. Niobe also had seven sons. - Niobe quoque septem filios habebat. Correct, though I'm not sure of that use of quoque . 4....
by Dingbats
Sun Feb 13, 2005 12:56 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Future perfect
Replies: 3
Views: 977

Hmm... that seems logical, that's quite how you use it in English too. Like: Antequam te videbo, eum videro?
by Dingbats
Sun Feb 13, 2005 10:56 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Future perfect
Replies: 3
Views: 977

Future perfect

I don't think I've ever used or seen a future perfect since I started learning Latin 3/4 of a year ago. When do you use them? Are there any cases where you have to use them?
by Dingbats
Sat Feb 12, 2005 1:34 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: conditional clauses help
Replies: 15
Views: 3463

Ad eum? Why? "Fronto is ready to teach them". My mistake. Ad eos docendos. Oh, plural of the gerund, I didn't realise that, but now I understand. My dictionary says both work, and I think whiteoctave proved that. The infinitive contruction may be more common though. Which dictionary do you use? My ...
by Dingbats
Sat Feb 12, 2005 12:58 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: conditional clauses help
Replies: 15
Views: 3463

Do you mean ad eum docendum? A phrase like this prefers the gerund and object to a noun and gerundive in only two circumstances. And eorum would never be used. Ad eum ? Why? "Fronto is ready to teach them ". Paratus definitely uses the infinitive whenever I've seen it. My dictionary says both work,...
by Dingbats
Sat Feb 12, 2005 12:53 pm
Forum: The Agora
Topic: Iocus
Replies: 27
Views: 23257

George W. Bush mortuus erat et ad ianuam caeli stetit. Introire voluit et ianuam pulsavit. "Quis es?", Deus quaesivit. Bush dixit se Bush esse. "Proba te illum esse", dixit Deus. Dixit Bush, "Cur me Bush esse probare debeo?". "Omnes debent; Einstein debuit, Picasso debuit", Deus respondit. Bush mira...
by Dingbats
Sat Feb 12, 2005 11:59 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: conditional clauses help
Replies: 15
Views: 3463

1. If the children prefer learning to running, Fronto is ready to teach them. si liberi discendum currendo praeferunt, Fronto paratus est eos docere. I see you got the infinitive with paratus sum correct though. Wouldn't paratus sum ad eorum/eos docendum be correct too? The sad mothers did not know...
by Dingbats
Thu Feb 10, 2005 2:28 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Stacking enclitics
Replies: 8
Views: 2069

Stacking enclitics

This might be a silly question, but is it possible to stack enclitics, like: Tuquene me amas? ("You too love me?")? Not that you need to use it very often, but if you can do like that, it's cool.
by Dingbats
Wed Feb 09, 2005 4:06 pm
Forum: The Agora
Topic: Iocus
Replies: 27
Views: 23257

Iocus bonus est, Turpissime, sed cum dimidiam partem legeram, quem finem habiturus esset scivi. Res eius optima est quod eum comprehendo! :P
by Dingbats
Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:35 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Similis really?
Replies: 5
Views: 1234

Thanks, Klassikrasser! :D
whiteoctave wrote:i do not know the sense you wish for 'paper' but 'pagina', even in the sense of 'page' is to be found only in verse.
Oh, ok.
by Dingbats
Tue Feb 08, 2005 7:40 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Similis really?
Replies: 5
Views: 1234

Similis really?

Isn't there any shorter way of saying for example "I'll give you a paper like this" than "Paginam huic similem te donabo"? "Huic similem" sounds so long and clumsy.
by Dingbats
Tue Feb 08, 2005 7:15 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Post Roman proper nouns
Replies: 6
Views: 1533

Arkansas would probably be first declension feminine. With nouns that are hard to fit into the Latin declension system, at least I use to use the third declension. Like Ohio -nis, Geoff -is etc. Though this is probably not the best way to do it.
by Dingbats
Fri Feb 04, 2005 6:51 am
Forum: The Agora
Topic: latin opera?
Replies: 23
Views: 21659

Comprendo. Censeo socios abientes explicationem habendos esse, ut sciatur cur abeant. Me piget sociorum qui evanescant, numquam redituri. Discipuli linguam latinam in universitatibus unum annum discentes nos poscunt ut opera eorum emendemus. Deinde exercitationibus factis nullisque gratiis actis eu...
by Dingbats
Thu Feb 03, 2005 2:36 pm
Forum: The Agora
Topic: latin opera?
Replies: 23
Views: 21659

Erat socius nostri loci qui, ut Amy recte dixit, fabulam musicam condebat. Frequenter socii abeunt, cum nulla excusatione explicationeve.
Comprendo. Censeo socios abientes explicationem habendos esse, ut sciatur cur abeant.
by Dingbats
Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:25 pm
Forum: Wheelock's Latin
Topic: Giving the/a book
Replies: 2
Views: 1955

In Latin there is no article, so litterae may mean "a letter", "the letter" or just "letter". So you are right, but so is the book.