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by mfranks
Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:16 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Which Latin Text is your Primary Learning Tool?
Replies: 9
Views: 3362

Which Latin Text is your Primary Learning Tool?

Since not many people seem to be interested in creating a new LL Forum, I am curious what Text Books visitors to this site are using as their primary Text for leaning Latin. I have combined both Readers and Grammars. You could always vote twice if you use both equally. Cheers, Mark PS: I had "Other"...
by mfranks
Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:00 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Register Your Vote for a Lingua Latina Forum - Anyone?
Replies: 11
Views: 3033

It looks like a concession is in order... No LL forum... Not as many die-hard LLer's as I had anticipated - I thought that there might be more "closet" self-learners out there who would chime in...

Cheers,

Mark
by mfranks
Fri Apr 14, 2006 7:39 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Whats easier to learn?
Replies: 85
Views: 26107

annis wrote:
Episcopus wrote:You'll never do it! You are 13!
Episcopus, is that really necessary?

And how old were you when you first encountered D'Ooge?
I think it's best to ignore him - I suspect his comments are simply aimed at getting a rise out of people.
by mfranks
Fri Apr 14, 2006 5:44 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Verbs - Best Reference Guides?
Replies: 6
Views: 2060

Verbs - Best Reference Guides?

I would love to get peoples opinion on investing in a good Verb Reference Guide. I use the "Big Gold Book of Latin Verbs"... There doesn't appear to be one for Greek. The one I'm leaning toward at this time is "All the Greek Verbs" by N. Marione. The only drawback I see is it's in Italian. Any thoug...
by mfranks
Wed Apr 12, 2006 9:01 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Register Your Vote for a Lingua Latina Forum - Anyone?
Replies: 11
Views: 3033

Register Your Vote for a Lingua Latina Forum - Anyone?

Benissimus suggested a Poll quite some time ago in the "Advisory Board" forum to determine whether there would be enough interest in creating a new forum for Latina Lingua. http://www.textkit.com/greek-latin-forum/viewtopic.php?t=4922 But I'm guessing the casual vistors to this Website probably don'...
by mfranks
Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:38 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Expanding the Scope of Textkit: Building an Audio Library
Replies: 22
Views: 23594

So what is necessary to more forward with this? I'm willing to drive, if someone will hand me the keys, sort of speak... :-) Will, Are you the "key-master"? Or is there a "Board of Trustees" where you are but one of the members of the Board? We can chat "off-line" regarding this... Send me an email ...
by mfranks
Tue Apr 11, 2006 1:52 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Expanding the Scope of Textkit: Building an Audio Library
Replies: 22
Views: 23594

Re: Expanding the Scope of Textkit: Building an Audio Libra

Who will manage the infrastructure? If it's a team effort, who will be responsible for the care and feeding of what would be in essence a web file system, since standard tools for that are targeted by an army of spam bozos? I would be happy to volunteer for the "care and feeding" or any of the recr...
by mfranks
Tue Apr 11, 2006 1:13 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Expanding the Scope of Textkit: Building an Audio Library
Replies: 22
Views: 23594

Re: Expanding the Scope of Textkit: Building an Audio Libra

If this is the case, why not make an effort to move forward with having an audio library? Obviously, if it has been suggested several times before, there is a need worth pursuing - inspite of the obsticles you mention. We don't need any more good ideas for projects to help students of Greek and Lat...
by mfranks
Mon Apr 10, 2006 7:02 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Expanding the Scope of Textkit: Building an Audio Library
Replies: 22
Views: 23594

Re: Expanding the Scope of Textkit: Building an Audio Libra

It would be great if TextKit would continue to evolve it's offerings and take the next step and provide a "library" of audio samples for it's consituency. This has been suggested several times already. If this is the case, why not make an effort to move forward with having an audio library? Obvious...
by mfranks
Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:45 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: More Pronunciation Questions... New Testament
Replies: 1
Views: 975

More Pronunciation Questions... New Testament

For fun, as a primer before digging into Pharr more seriously, I started reading Peter Jones' "Learn Ancient Greek - A Lively Introduction to Reading the Language". To encourage learning the Greek alphabet and to pronouce it, he throws in transliterations and examples of greek words in Greek. An exa...
by mfranks
Sat Apr 08, 2006 10:05 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Expanding the Scope of Textkit: Building an Audio Library
Replies: 22
Views: 23594

Expanding the Scope of Textkit: Building an Audio Library

I've been studying Latin for a full year now and recently started "playing" with Greek. I have been actively reading and posting to this site for several months now and have recieved a great deal of help and encouragement here. One thing that I have noticed is that there is not a very good source of...
by mfranks
Fri Apr 07, 2006 8:47 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Pronunciation of Upsilon (Υ/υ) - ψυχη & γυνη
Replies: 2
Views: 1440

Pronunciation of Upsilon (Υ/υ) - ψυχη & γυνη

I'm just starting out on my journey through the Greek Language. I've spent most of my time learning to recognize all the characters of the Greek alphabet ( Ελληνικος Γ?αμματα ), typing in greek, writing by hand, and learning the pronounciation of each of the letters. One thing that has been vexing i...
by mfranks
Thu Apr 06, 2006 8:59 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Using Greek Characters: Quick Note for Windows Users
Replies: 12
Views: 46846

I added a new section to my original post which points to a very good whitepaper which should help you further.

Cheers,

Mark
by mfranks
Thu Apr 06, 2006 5:25 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: A Lingua Latina Forum?
Replies: 20
Views: 23588

I would love to see a LL Forum!
by mfranks
Thu Apr 06, 2006 5:03 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Using Greek Characters: Quick Note for Windows Users
Replies: 12
Views: 46846

Using Greek Characters: Quick Note for Windows Users

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by mfranks
Tue Apr 04, 2006 5:12 am
Forum: Homeric Greek and Early Greek Poetry
Topic: William Recites Homer. Muses Dyspeptic.
Replies: 11
Views: 13223

Bardo, I found your photo post very funny - I laughed out loud (LOL)... thanks for the humor - it was awesome! :-) Annis Wrote: GlottalGreekGeek wrote: EDIT : Could you combine all the MP3s into one flie so I could hear the flow from line to line? I could, but for two reasons. Most importantly, I fe...
by mfranks
Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:43 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Lingua Latina Available in Hardcover
Replies: 8
Views: 2722

I recieved my LL Hardcover book yesterday... Unfortunately, the binding is what I expected. It looks nice - the quality of the printing is better than the softcover but the binding is of the cardboard, high-gloss variety that will not hold up to repeated use over time. It's tempting to keep... But I...
by mfranks
Mon Mar 27, 2006 8:03 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Advice: Got a Taste of Greek - Now the Real Work Begins
Replies: 11
Views: 3752

Hi Jelly Sum, Thanks for the offer... What do you think of the JACT course? The reviews on Amazon are rather critical of the course. Is the audio any good? One reviewer mentioned that the quality was poor - stating that there's "a lot of noisy background." For now, I am waiting for my Pharr's "Homer...
by mfranks
Fri Mar 17, 2006 7:32 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Lingua Latina Available in Hardcover
Replies: 8
Views: 2722

Lingua Latina Available in Hardcover

For those of us who are big fans of Lingua Latina - it's available in Hardcover now. Being the bibliophile that I am, I personally prefer hardcover books to paperback. I want my books to last generations, if possible. Focus Publishing is sending me a free copy to examine - if I approve, I'll send th...
by mfranks
Fri Mar 17, 2006 6:13 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: The Everything Learning Latin Book
Replies: 10
Views: 3778

Mark, What are the ISBN's of your Cambridge Latin Courses? I saw a North American edition, hardback, at my local Borders. It looks like the one you review on Amazon, but I think yours might be paperback? Feles in silva, Indeed, the copies I have are for the paperback versions... The ISBNs are as fo...
by mfranks
Thu Mar 16, 2006 6:29 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Advice: Got a Taste of Greek - Now the Real Work Begins
Replies: 11
Views: 3752

The only other Homeric Greek textbook for beginners is Schoder and Horrigan's "A Reading Course in Homeric Greek". Some prefer it over Pharr, but it is somewhat difficult to acquire. I don't know how good it is, but Pharr is good enough, and I would not go through too much extra bother to get the R...
by mfranks
Thu Mar 16, 2006 4:35 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Advice: Got a Taste of Greek - Now the Real Work Begins
Replies: 11
Views: 3752

Many of us are fans of White's textbooks (see under Learning Greek) and I have also used the JACT books, although they are a bit of a nuisance being spread over several volumes (but I guess that sells more books). They will get you reading a story quickly, even at a very basic level. I'm only just ...
by mfranks
Thu Mar 16, 2006 1:57 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Advice: Got a Taste of Greek - Now the Real Work Begins
Replies: 11
Views: 3752

Advice: Got a Taste of Greek - Now the Real Work Begins

I have been studying Latin for almost a year now and I decided to get a litle "taste" of Greek this past weekend, out of curiosity. I have a couple of Greek text books from the 19th Century that I purchased a few years back, knowing that I would one day spend some time with the language. I read Will...
by mfranks
Tue Mar 14, 2006 7:38 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: The Everything Learning Latin Book
Replies: 10
Views: 3778

Hi Sigma, That's one of the few books that I haven't checked out... However, here are three reviews up on Amazon that you may wish to read: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1580628818/sr=8-1/qid=1142364590/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-3934956-1464011?%5Fencoding=UTF8 Pesonally, I prefer Lingua Latina and the Ca...
by mfranks
Sun Mar 05, 2006 12:33 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Q. for those who use/used Lingua Latina for self-study...
Replies: 9
Views: 3644

Hi Mark! Thank you for the info. I read your review - very helpful! I do plan on getting a copy of Cambridge sometime this month. I like working from various sources. I've got quite a collection of Latin materials. :) I noticed that your review was under the paperback version. I didn't realize it c...
by mfranks
Sat Mar 04, 2006 9:05 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Q. for those who use/used Lingua Latina for self-study...
Replies: 9
Views: 3644

Hey LisaNYork, If you are not strapped for cash, you may want to invest in Unit 1 of the Cambridge Latin Course. If you like it as well as I do, you'll buy the other Units in no time. Also, the Audio CD's are excellent. I listen to them on my commute back and forth to work. I did a review on Amazon ...
by mfranks
Sat Mar 04, 2006 8:56 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Q. for those who use/used Lingua Latina for self-study...
Replies: 9
Views: 3644

Hey Amadeus, How far are you in the Cambridge Course? I'm in the middle of Unit 3 of the text myself. I too use both LL and CLC... I think that they complement each other well and use more natural approaches to the language. I agree with your assessment of using Collar & Daniell. I've also experienc...
by mfranks
Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:20 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Do you wish you started Greek/Latin earlier?
Replies: 15
Views: 4200

I am laughing at Mark saying he is "old" at 44 - I know an absolutely brilliant student of Greek who is well into his 70's :lol: Actually, I never said I was old... I simply stated my age to be 44 with no reference to "old". However, Rindu seems to think I'm rather old with his comment. :) BTW, I s...
by mfranks
Sun Feb 12, 2006 9:47 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Widows interface for Whitacker's Words.
Replies: 3
Views: 2249

Deses,

Have you ever thought of doing a version for the PocketPC or SmartPhone?

Cheers,

Mark
by mfranks
Sun Feb 12, 2006 9:33 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Do you wish you started Greek/Latin earlier?
Replies: 15
Views: 4200

Rindu wrote:44 is "late in life"? How long do you expect to live?
LOL... I hope to have at least another year! But you never know... I'm an avid cyclist. A car, bus, or dump-truck could take me out as early as tomorrow morning. I've already been hit 4 times. I figure the 5th time might be the charm...
by mfranks
Sun Feb 12, 2006 2:20 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Do you wish you started Greek/Latin earlier?
Replies: 15
Views: 4200

I wish I would have had the patience and the dicipline of learning earlier in my life. However, if something didn't come easily, I would simply give up. Like many althetic males, most of my time was spent playing sports and chasing girls when I was in Middle School and High School. I never studied u...
by mfranks
Sat Feb 11, 2006 10:33 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Beginner's question: What text to start with?
Replies: 16
Views: 5776

Re: Lingua Latina

I am familiar w/Lingua Latina. I would *love* to hear from people who have used it solely as a means for learning Latin. I think it would be awfully difficult to "self-study" with this text without the help and guidance of an experienced Latinist. While grammar *is* covered, I think one would need ...
by mfranks
Wed Feb 01, 2006 10:48 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Reflexive Pronouns
Replies: 5
Views: 3299

The possessives work the same way: they show that the subject of the sentence owns something in the sentence. We do not have a special separate form for this in English; in the sentence: Cicero loves his mother. We don't know if Cicero loves HIS OWN mother or SOMEONE ELSE'S mother. It could mean ei...
by mfranks
Sun Jan 22, 2006 4:49 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: How do you type a macron on this system?
Replies: 3
Views: 1311

Another way you can do this, if you are using Windows, is the following: Use Character Map to copy and paste special characters into your documents. Open Character Map by clicking on Start , point to All Programs , point to Accessories , point to System Tools , and then click Character Map . Next yo...
by mfranks
Thu Jan 19, 2006 2:07 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Lingua Latina Pars I - Familia Romana
Replies: 84
Views: 75338


by mfranks
Wed Jan 18, 2006 3:16 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Lingua Latina Pars I - Familia Romana
Replies: 84
Views: 75338

Pronunciation: Seeming irregularities

Salve Amici! I've been reading all the posts in this Forum on the topic of Classical or Medieval? A topic which has been quite amusing. I won't weigh in here since my question is around why is it that (in my view) there are inconsistencies in pronunciation of vowels in the "Classical" pronunciation ...
by mfranks
Sat Jan 07, 2006 7:32 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Lingua Latina Pars I - Familia Romana
Replies: 84
Views: 75338

Spiphany wrote: That may have been more of a grammatical explanation than you were looking for, but I hope it's helpful. Actually, truth be told, I need all the grammatical explaination I can get! I'm rather grammatically challenged - hence my need for so much explaination... Latin is teaching me m...
by mfranks
Sat Jan 07, 2006 12:45 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Lingua Latina Pars I - Familia Romana
Replies: 84
Views: 75338

Salve Lucus et Spiphany - thank you for your comments they really help! For Spiphany, I have a few lines from the Children's Classics in the Neolatin: First from Ferdinandus Taurus Mater Ferdinandi, quae erat vacca, interdum angebatur, verita ne solitarius sine amicis esset. From Tres Mures Caeci St...
by mfranks
Fri Jan 06, 2006 6:11 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Lingua Latina Pars I - Familia Romana
Replies: 84
Views: 75338

Double "Betweens"

I'm back with another couple of questions after taking a little hiatus from Lingua Latina. I haven't stopped my study of Latin - au contraire. I decided to supplement Lingua Latina with The Cambridge Latin Course. I cruised through Unit 1 and I got through half of Unit 2 before picking up at Capitul...
by mfranks
Thu Nov 24, 2005 12:21 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Pronunciation and self learning
Replies: 7
Views: 2457

Hi Keegan, I suggest you get the Audio CD avaialble from Focus Publishing, the publisher of Lingua Latina. The CD isn't great in and of itself... the interface is awful in my opinion. However, the audio files are MP3 which means you can copy them to your MP3 player and play each chapter as needed. A...