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Kenshin

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  1. Kenshin added a post in a topic Beginners only?   

    As long as there are students, there are teachers. I commend your enthusiasm for learning Latin.
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  2. Kenshin added a post in a topic Happy birthday, maddog!   

    She's not online right now. I think she must be busy having fun at her birthday party.
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  3. Kenshin added an answer to a question Learn Spanish   

    But to study a language is to learn from mistakes, Angakuk. Your mistakes help other beginners learn, too. Please don't be afraid of making helpful mistakes.
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  4. Kenshin added a topic in Community   

    Happy birthday, maddog!
    :cheers1:
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  5. Kenshin added an answer to a question Latin Lessons   

    You're welcome. And don't worry.
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  6. Kenshin added an answer to a question Learn Spanish   

    I speak a little German, but I understand not. Literally.

    It's ein bi
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  7. Kenshin added an answer to a question Latin Lessons   


    Yes. There are many sources of knowledge with which Latin scholars have reconstructed the pronunciation of Latin. W. Sidney Allen gave one reconstruction in his Vox Latina.

    1. Latin grammarians of the ancient world left a lot of detailed information about the sounds of the language through their teaching of the language.

    2. The ancient Romans didn't get their spellings from any other languages. The Latin alphabet was more or less phonetic.

    3. Transcriptions into Greek often pin down the original pronunciation of Latin quite nicely.

    etc.

    When Romans misspelt, say, "ae" it came out "ai", so we have no trouble to reconstruct this particular sound. Since "ae" and "e" are distinct, when the Romans changed their orthography from "ae" to "e", Latin scholars can detect such change and pinpoint when the sound "ae" changed. This applies to "v" and "w".

    Anyhow, the Roman Catholic Church existed at the time when Latin pronunciation was rapidly changing, so it's not surprising that Ecclesiastical Latin pronunciation is different.



    Spoken Latin was different from written Latin.
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  8. Kenshin added an answer to a question Latin Lessons   


    Okay I'll write first few lessons in a few days. Been busy. :freekout:
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  9. Kenshin added an answer to a question Latin Lessons   

    Classical Latin pronuciation is different from Ecclesiastical Latin pronunciation. In Classical Latin pronunciation, the "v" is pronounced like the English "w". Contrariwise, in Ecclesiastical Latin, the "v" is pronounced just like in English.

    Ancient Romans pronounced the "v" like the English "w", but their pronunciation was changing rapidly towards the end of the classical period. This somewhat explains the Ecclesiastical Latin pronunciation.
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  10. Kenshin added an answer to a question Latin Lessons   

    In case you don't have MS Word (not sure if they have macroned letters in OpenOffice) or still cannot find the macroned letters, here they are, so you can just copy and paste them around:

    ū
    ā
    ō
    ē
    ī
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  11. Kenshin added an answer to a question Latin Lessons   


    Ah. I guess I wasn't clear enough.

    Basically, to get already-macroned letters you need to go to MS Word:

    1. Open MS Word
    2. Insert
    3. Symbol
    4. Find Latin Extended A and Latin Extended B
    5. Choose macroned letters you need.
    6. Click "Insert"
    7. Copy and paste the inserted letters here.
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  12. Kenshin added an answer to a question Latin Lessons   

    I'll start a beginners' Latin tutor course if AllBlue doesn't mind.
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  13. Kenshin added an answer to a question Latin Lessons   


    Yes, this one is good too, but the one I gave was more literal. Good guess!

    There are lots of Latin phrases in law and government (habeas corpus, de facto, de jure, etc.) so our maddog already knows Latin!
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  14. Kenshin added an answer to a question Latin Lessons   


    99% close. You're truly making progress!

    "To err is human" is too famous to miss. "Therefore, right now there's nothing to be despaired, my (female) friend".

    If you're learning Latin first, then learn other languages, then you'll be in better shape. The skills acquired through learning Latin will help you with all the Romance languages, and beyond with other inflectional languages other than English.

    I look forwards to reading more of your Latin posts.

    Btw, AllBlue, if you put the macron on the right vowels it'll not be necessary to indicate the stress, as it can be deduced by reading which syllable is long and which is short.

    To write Latin words with macron, check out Insert > Symbol > Latin Extended A and B in MS Word.
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  15. Kenshin added an answer to a question Latin Lessons   


    Errāre est humānūm, AllBlue! ergō prō tempore nil desperāndum, amica mea.



    Corrigenda:
    Nōn est "Salvate". Salvēte est.



    Ave. magnum opus est.
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