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by Bretonus
Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:33 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Lingua Latina Author Dies
Replies: 6
Views: 3266

Re: Lingua Latina Author Dies

I don't know how I missed this. I don't know where I'd be without his writings. Definitely not able to read Livy or Cicero. The man was brilliant and he made Latin a much more enjoyable experience for me than it is for those who are in my Latin classes.
by Bretonus
Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:53 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: A few troubling words...
Replies: 6
Views: 3379

Re: A few troubling words...

I have to ask, who are you looking for as a sponsor? And what is the context of this? I like condicio, since it gives the sense that you are subordinate to your sponsor. But I also like cursus quite a bit, since it can also mean career, it carries an idea of continuity to it. If you use cursus you c...
by Bretonus
Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:24 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: German readers.
Replies: 3
Views: 1777

Re: German readers.

I considered getting that book, but I couldn't find any excerpts or good descriptions of it to know what to expect. Thank you. It should arrive within a couple weeks. I will probably not even start until the end of April though, given this term's schedule. Thanks again, I had a really difficult time...
by Bretonus
Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:02 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: German readers.
Replies: 3
Views: 1777

German readers.

Hello, I'm trying to cram as many languages as I can before I go for my masters, and I was hoping to find a reader for a beginner in German. For grammar I am using an old text my one prof gave me, German for Reading Knowledge. Any reccomendations?
by Bretonus
Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:30 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: duae ll...per unum l
Replies: 2
Views: 1131

Re: duae ll...per unum l

Perhaps, "For instance, when they say 'ille mihi dixit' the first two ll syllables sound thus: as if that particular word would pause by means of one l".

I find it a little difficult, my best advice would be to look at syllable as a nominative plural and perhaps ll as an apposition.
by Bretonus
Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:59 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Italian Textbook
Replies: 7
Views: 4280

Re: Italian Textbook

Sorry to raise this old thread from the dead, but did anyone give this text a try? I'm looking to just dabble in Italian, see how I like it. I would like to read Dante some day, and have some skill in a language that is still spoken as a first language. So, does anyone have any good suggestions for ...
by Bretonus
Sat Jan 02, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: How do you say the following?
Replies: 10
Views: 3439

Re: How do you say the following?

I have seen this a couple times, and I wonder if it would be more common in conversation, that only "gratias tibi" is said, and the verb is just understood to be there.
by Bretonus
Wed Dec 23, 2009 5:09 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Where do I go from here?
Replies: 9
Views: 3184

Re: Where do I go from here?

Thank you for the Xenophon recommendation. I hope to some day read Thucydides, and if Xenophon is a good place to start, I will look for some of his material. Are there any publications of Anabasis that are good for beginners?
by Bretonus
Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:23 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Will you take the time to check this little story I wrote?
Replies: 13
Views: 3118

Re: Will you take the time to check this little story I wrote?

Olim Romani bellum gerebant in quo multa proelia fuerunt cuius ultimum ad Romam pugnatum est I'd prefer quorum over cuius. Although yours is also correct, it just seems like making the relative pronoun stand for the battles gives the sentence a better progression than again referencing the war. I a...
by Bretonus
Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:18 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: Where do I go from here?
Replies: 9
Views: 3184

Where do I go from here?

χαιρετε! I am on the verge of completing Athenaze and I was wondering what would the good people here recommend? I prefer prose and histories, however, given how little experience I have with Greek, I am open to any suggestions. I have ordered a rather pricy NT , however, I expect it to be more leis...
by Bretonus
Wed May 20, 2009 3:53 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Question about English Grammar
Replies: 97
Views: 36058

Re: Question about English Grammar

Maybe this little line of medieval Latin can help you. Caedite eos! Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius. Classical authors, I think, would have preferred something like "Novit enim Dominus quos esse suos." However, if you wish to use a finite form of the verb, you must have a subject that agrees with it.
by Bretonus
Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:53 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Rosetta Stone Latin
Replies: 4
Views: 2088

Re: Rosetta Stone Latin

I can't speak for the Italian, but the Latin, if it costs more than $20, isn't worth it. You'll learn a handful of nouns and verbs, nothing of Roman culture, and there are far better sources for audio files online. Lingua Latina Pars I will put you far beyond what Rosetta Stone can do.
by Bretonus
Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:52 pm
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Confirmation on a biblical phrase
Replies: 4
Views: 2029

Re: Confirmation on a biblical phrase

I can't really make a literal idiomatic translation, but I'll take a stab at it.

"I am able to do all things in Christ, who strengthens me."

I would like to see a few more attempts at this, since I'm not familiar with that use of in + abl, that it looks like it's using.
by Bretonus
Thu Jan 15, 2009 8:38 pm
Forum: Latin For Beginners by D'Ooge
Topic: I feel like i'm being tortured.... please help....
Replies: 1
Views: 3827

Re: I feel like i'm being tortured.... please help....

These are just the attempts of another amateur, but I think I can do it. 1) When finally the power of the flames had been overcome, the consul ordered the people to convene, then questioned all of them whether they know who undertook so great of crime against Rome (or 'the city'). Remember, vis is n...
by Bretonus
Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:58 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Basic Latin Phrases
Replies: 10
Views: 8017

The easiest for "gratias" may be "gratias ob [+accusative]..." as "thank you for ..." John Traupman's book is supreme: http://www.amazon.com/Conversational-Latin-Oral-Proficiency-Traupman/dp/0865163812 Oh! And you asked for a dictionary, Jack. The free downloadable one Whitaker WORDS is really very...
by Bretonus
Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:02 am
Forum: Open Board
Topic: Lingva Latina
Replies: 23
Views: 9899

You can spend a lot of time on the Lingua Latina series. I finished Pars I: Familia Romana months ago, now I'm on Pars II: Roma Aeterna. For Roma Aeterna that little green instruction book you can buy offers a lot of help for its size and price. But since I get tired of Livy some nights I read a pag...
by Bretonus
Thu Sep 25, 2008 8:34 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Lingua Latina Blues
Replies: 6
Views: 2283

Although it gave me terrible translations, one very rough method I used at first with ut was to just ignore it was there and put the subjunctive verb in an infinitive. So for chapter XXVII "Dominus imperat ut colonus accedat." I would just translate it as "the master orders the farmer to approach." ...
by Bretonus
Tue Sep 23, 2008 7:59 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Lingua Latina Blues
Replies: 6
Views: 2283

I struggled with the subjunctive at first, especially with the preposition cum it made no sense to me, but managed to get through it with some help from the people here. But what part of the subjunctive gives you a problem? Just its overall meaning or the relation words like ut and cum have with it?
by Bretonus
Mon Sep 22, 2008 8:38 pm
Forum: Homeric Greek and Early Greek Poetry
Topic: My Failures in Homeric Greek with Schoder and Horrigan
Replies: 7
Views: 4862

I just want to know if I spotted a spelling mistake here. Αγαθος μεν ανθ?ωπος εξ αγαθου θησαυ?ου εης κ?αδιης π?ο-φε?ει αγαθον πονη?ος δε εκ πονη?ου πονη?ον. Would κα?διη be the correct spelling for this? Since in the word study it relates this word to cardiac, and mentions that there is the alternat...
by Bretonus
Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:09 pm
Forum: Homeric Greek and Early Greek Poetry
Topic: My Failures in Homeric Greek with Schoder and Horrigan
Replies: 7
Views: 4862

Thanks for the advice, I have worked out my pronunciation to try to be a little of what I'm comfortable with, but also maintain some of the original pronunciation. Also, Modus, how were φ and θ pronounced in Attic? If I can come up with an excuse to pronounce them like I would in English I would be ...
by Bretonus
Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:51 pm
Forum: Homeric Greek and Early Greek Poetry
Topic: My Failures in Homeric Greek with Schoder and Horrigan
Replies: 7
Views: 4862

My Failures in Homeric Greek with Schoder and Horrigan

Hello, I have created this topic for a place to run for all the much needed help I will need as I try to teach myself Greek. My first questions are about pronunciation of vowels and diphthongs. How does the pronunciation of ο and ω differ? Is it just a matter of vowel length? I remember when learnin...
by Bretonus
Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: How do you/did you work with LL?
Replies: 9
Views: 3357

I read it, and if I miss the odd thing the first time I don't care. I find by the time I do the exercises I have already read the following two chapters. For me it's just easier to read and read again than stressing over the grammar of each chapter as it comes to me, plus I find I hold onto the info...
by Bretonus
Thu Aug 21, 2008 3:46 am
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: I Want to Read Homeric Greek
Replies: 6
Views: 2879

This looks great. With a lot of free time coming up I hope I can get into this like I did with Latin and the Lingua Latina series.
by Bretonus
Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:36 pm
Forum: Learning Greek
Topic: I Want to Read Homeric Greek
Replies: 6
Views: 2879

I Want to Read Homeric Greek

Hello, I have been making what I feel is a great deal of progress in Latin and have decided to learn Greek, and I thought Homeric Greek would be the logical place to start. The problem is I know nothing about Greek, even the alphabet. I know this site offers some material, but what would be the best...
by Bretonus
Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:44 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Lingua Latina College Companion Book
Replies: 6
Views: 2973

Has anyone here used Pars II Roma Aeterna Instructions? If so, how was it?
by Bretonus
Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:02 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Difficult transition: Lingua Latina to De Bello Gallico
Replies: 10
Views: 4465

28th of April. :( Edit: Strangely I ordered De Bello Gallico the next week, and was going to order Sermones Romani but they were out of stock and they estimated it would be a long time before it shipped. Yet another edit: Wow, I never noticed the Fabellae Latinae had a version which was just a giant...
by Bretonus
Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:50 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Difficult transition: Lingua Latina to De Bello Gallico
Replies: 10
Views: 4465

I only read Pars 1 of Lingua Latina. I am using their annotated De Bello Gallico, and I would much rather read Roma Aeterna, but since Amazon has felt it necessary to delay their shipment of it four times, I have to work with what I'm given. Fabellae Latinae was a nice supplement, but aside from a f...
by Bretonus
Fri Jul 04, 2008 5:06 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Difficult transition: Lingua Latina to De Bello Gallico
Replies: 10
Views: 4465

Difficult transition: Lingua Latina to De Bello Gallico

Hello, I am just looking for some suggestions to help me get moving through this book. I can read through LL, any chapter, and know with certainty what it is saying, with the exception of a little of the poetry in chapter 34. I find myself completely unprepared for De Bello Gallico. Is it a difficul...
by Bretonus
Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:46 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Cum and the use of the subjunctive.
Replies: 24
Views: 6917

Thank you. I just wish the answer wasn't so simple.
by Bretonus
Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:41 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Cum and the use of the subjunctive.
Replies: 24
Views: 6917

Cum and the use of the subjunctive.

I have been trying to avoid asking for help throughout Lingua Latina, because the answers would usually click relatively quickly after reading the chapter a couple more times, or just continuing on. However, I have been unable to see for what reason the subjunctive may or may not be used with cum. A...
by Bretonus
Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:36 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Vergil or Virgil?
Replies: 6
Views: 2345

The verb itself is irregular because it doesn't take on many other forms.
by Bretonus
Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:44 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Vergil or Virgil?
Replies: 6
Views: 2345

Salve is an irregular, but salvus is just a regular adjective which means safe or well, which follows the first and second declensions.

Omnis can be a 3rd declension adjective, omnis (m + f) omne (n). But used here it is just a 3rd declension noun.
by Bretonus
Sat May 10, 2008 4:29 am
Forum: Latin For Beginners by D'Ooge
Topic: Several questions: P60Ex145, P65Ex155, etc.
Replies: 13
Views: 11049

Non solum forma sed etiam superbia reginae erat magna. I do not know exactly what you're asking about it, but I get the impression you're seeing reginae as a plural when it is a singular genitive. Not only the beauty but also the pride of the queen was great. Diana eos inimicos Latonae delebit. I am...
by Bretonus
Wed May 07, 2008 4:20 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Lingua Latina
Replies: 6
Views: 2543

Thanks for the recommendations, I have ordered de Bello Gallico and Sermones Romani along with Roma Aeterna.

I prefer D'Ooge and Adler for my grammar lessons.
by Bretonus
Mon May 05, 2008 7:16 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Lingua Latina
Replies: 6
Views: 2543

Lingua Latina

Salvete I have been reading Lingua Latina Pars I for almost two months now and have really enjoyed and learned much from it. And given the long wait I had on Amazon for it, I was going to order Roma Aeterna ahead of time, before I finish it. I was just wondering if there are any other LL texts, or L...
by Bretonus
Thu May 01, 2008 10:06 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Lingua Latina - so many books to choose from
Replies: 2
Views: 1522

Depends on how much experience you have with Latin and your free time. For the summer, reading and rereading Familia Romana many times would be a good recommendation, if you're already familiar with how the grammar of Latin works. If you just have a couple months it will fill the time. I got my copy...
by Bretonus
Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:20 pm
Forum: Latin For Beginners by D'Ooge
Topic: 82, page 95
Replies: 3
Views: 4946

I looked in my copy of D'Ooge I downloaded from here, and it is "claro."
by Bretonus
Tue Apr 15, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: New Orberg books?
Replies: 35
Views: 14809

You can download a sample of Orberg's new version of Vergil here: http://www.pullins.com/pages/Vergil.htm I can't wait to read it, however I seem stuck at Chapter 16 of Lingua Latina 1 :cry: Do you think buying this would give me some motivation? :lol: (Don't answer this, I already have way to much...
by Bretonus
Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:32 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Latinum users - comments and criticism requested
Replies: 7
Views: 2586

I love Latinum, it was the perfect way (for me at least) to easily establish familiarity with Latin before I jumped into the grammar texts. It is also very addictive, I find myself never watching tv when I'm alone. I couldn't, with such ease, use the Adler text. Being my first year in university I t...
by Bretonus
Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:37 am
Forum: Learning Latin
Topic: Demonstratives
Replies: 5
Views: 1876

Salvete I also had the same problem, Junya. I found by the time I hit lesson 16 in the Latinum podcast I was strong in both the singular and plural of the first 3 declensions, however it is lacking in material of the 4th and 5th, but I'm only up to lesson 23. Lingua Latina has really helped me hold ...