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Iacobus de Indianius
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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Post by Iacobus de Indianius » Tue May 07, 2013 5:37 pm

Salvete Omnes,

I have been studying Latin for about a year and a half and have vague plans to begin Greek in the not too distant future. I've been out of college for a few years and am not studying Latin for any particular course or grade, but rather for enjoyment and to get a better understanding of the English language.

Latin has been a fascinating experience, but, alas, I find it to be a rather solitary pursuit, largely because I know almost no one who knows the language and only a few people who appreciate the classics. With that in mind, my hope, in joining this forum is to meet some people with whom I can discuss all things Latin. And perhaps what little insight and knowledge I have can be of use to some of the members of this forum as well.

Cool.

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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Post by jimleko » Fri May 10, 2013 12:48 am

Salvete! Just wanted to introduce myself here. I'm a sophomore in college, and I've studied Latin since I was a freshman in high school. My ambition is to be a medievalist, and in order to be one I need to increase my Latin fluency (largely my vocabulary), which I am using Lingua Latina to do in addition to read more of Vergil using Pharr's edition of the Aeneid. I thought I would join in order to engage in conversation about Latin in general that will increase my skill level and hopefully help other people as well.

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Post by celebrimbor » Sat May 11, 2013 1:00 am

Salvete,

I'm a linguaphile and recent student of Latin. I had intended to take Latin back in highschool, but the school cut the Latin program and I chose to take German instead. I have since taken detours of various degrees through French, Mandarin, Japanese, and Swedish, but now I'm again interested in Latin.

I've gotten upto the fourth unit in the late Gavin Bett's Teach Yourself Latin and am starting to come up with questions not addressed in that text.

I found this forum through Google: I was pleasantly surprised to find a thread civilly discussing the rise and fall of inflectional systems -- an area of inquiry I am intensely interested in. I was even more pleased to find that the forum is full of learners of classical languages, who might be able to help me with my Latin questions.

Looking forward to joining in the discussion.

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Re: New Members Introduction Thread - Dave Brumbley

Post by DWBrumbley » Wed May 15, 2013 10:01 pm

Salve, Forum! My name is Dave Brumbley and I’m here primarily to work on my Latin. I intend to get back to Greek at some point as well, but for the moment, Latin is my primary focus. I received a Classical Studies Minor from East Carolina University some years ago, and had a very fast-paced formal introduction to both languages through the 103 and 104 level, but it has been years since I actively studied in a formal setting. I’ve recently begun getting myself back into Latin through independent study, and I plan to continue my studies until I achieve at least a moderate level of reading fluency with both prose and poetry. I look forward to receiving feedback through this forum on my work in translation, which is to say that I look forward to my clumsy attempts being shredded like so much lettuce, so that I may learn from the pieces.

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Post by Zetes » Tue May 21, 2013 9:00 pm

My first post. I'm 60, first took an interest in Greek in my early 20s, but didn't pursue it far enough so now I'm making a fresh start with it. I'm not sure whether to go first for Attic (for my interest in the great playwrights especially) or Homeric. I still have the old Smith and Melluish Teach yourself, as well as the newer Betts and Henry for Attic, and a printed copy of Pharr as revised by John Wright, but I guess I'm now inclining more towards Homeric. Anyway, I've got the tools so now it's time to put in the hours and hope I'll be able in the end to post more answers than Questions in the forums .

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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Post by Daniel » Wed May 22, 2013 4:05 am

Hi everyone

I stumbled across this site when googling resources for learning Ancient Greek.

Little bit about myself, I have been to university where I wanted to do a Bachelor of Arts but ended up choosing business and law.

I’m a native English speaker which should help with comprehending the texts involved. At school I studied French for a year or two, did correspondence German for a year and did a student exchange to the Netherlands for a year where I learnt Dutch fluently (written and spoken). I’m pretty rusty now in Dutch but if someone speaks to me I can still fully understand them.

I studied history and classical studies at school and have been interested in the Ancient Greek and Roman worlds since I was young.

I’ve always wanted to learn either Latin or Greek, but my schools were pretty useless in that they didn’t offer them, they only offered French (hence the correspondence German).

Even now I’m still a little unsure whether I should learn Latin or Greek, I’m leaning heavily towards Greek as I’d like a challenge, (I was also conceived in Greece) and would like to read some classical Greek literature/philosophy. I’m also keen to learn a new alphabet.

Any tips on which book to start with will be much appreciated – I briefly looked at “A First Greek Course” by Sir William Smith.

My main question is, with these ancient languages, do people aim to master them orally? Or just the written form? How would you go by learning how to speak Ancient Greek, or at least pronounce the vowels etc.

Lastly I’m also leaning towards Attic Greek as there is more information on this dialect and seems it is where most people start?

Cheers

Dan

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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Post by Markos » Thu May 23, 2013 4:58 pm

Daniel asked:
My main question is, with these ancient languages, do people aim to master them orally? Or just the written form? How would you go by learning how to speak Ancient Greek, or at least pronounce the vowels etc.
My sense is that the vast majority of people who are studying Ancient Greek focus on reading only. In my humble opinion, learning to write and listen to and speak Ancient Greek will vastly increase reading fluency, but most people do not accept this premise and choose to stick with the traditional method of grammar-translation, which focuses only on reading Greek and speaking ABOUT Greek, not in Greek. Of course, many people also want to know how Greek sounded, but again, only academically, not as part of a commitment to use it actively.

There are several on-line sites and resources where Ancient Greek is spoken communicatively. If you are interested in this approach, you will find these sites soon enough.

I think Latin learners are a little more receptive to treating it as a living language.

I don't know the answer to this, but you can also ask yourself how good your Dutch would be if you only read it, instead of speaking it and hearing it and writing it. Also, how much did reading ABOUT Dutch help you master it. At what point did you transition to a Dutch-only dictionary?

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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Post by Daniel » Wed May 29, 2013 7:36 am

My sense is that the vast majority of people who are studying Ancient Greek focus on reading only. In my humble opinion, learning to write and listen to and speak Ancient Greek will vastly increase reading fluency, but most people do not accept this premise and choose to stick with the traditional method of grammar-translation, which focuses only on reading Greek and speaking ABOUT Greek, not in Greek.
Hi Markos thanks for the reply. I'm not sure how they can even read Greek without knowing how it is meant to be said... I am definitely keen on trying to learn how to speak and read Greek. I learnt Dutch both by speaking it (total immersion) and by reading and writing out verb books. I'd say I learnt best by mastering how to say each consonant, each vowel and each diphthong and then moved on to learning the actual words and grammar.

If you could point me to a first book, I see there are many out there. A couple of the books I've looked at seem to work on the premise that you already know a year or so of Latin which I don't. I need something I can start from square one.

Any help is much appreciated.

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Re: New Members Introduction Thread (New Users Post Here!)

Post by Markos » Wed May 29, 2013 7:53 pm

Daniel: If you could point me to a first book, I see there are many out there.
If you read a little French, German, or Italian, I would get the respective edition of Christophe Rico's Polis. If not, I would wait for his English edition to come out, and in the meantime I would get Bedwere's Lulu edition of the Greek Ollendorff (and the answer key)

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/bedwere?s ... geOffset=1

and start listening to his free audio.

http://sxole.com/profiles/blogs/greek-o ... e=activity

Even more importantly, I would start writing and speaking Ancient Greek right away.

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Post by miztah » Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:45 am

have a nice day to all Im Eyo Inang newbie here....

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