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post #16 of 29

i dont but always wanted to.

 

actually ive always thought latin should be the official EU language so we could all actual speak to each other rather than the UK speaking english only and everyone else learning english in addition to their native tounge

post #17 of 29
Originally Posted by jjeremycai View Post

Just in case you're wondering why I'm asking, I'm studying Latin I right now... It's confusing, but it helps immensely with my English grammar and mechanics. 

O RLY? grammar between latin based languages and english is drastically different to me. English is a germanic language, and it clearly doesn't use the same words order as italian or french. Sure, there's a whole bunch of french words in english because french used to be the international language for many centuries.


Edited by leeperry - 5/17/10 at 7:23pm
post #18 of 29

just the other day I heard on a TV program (cannot remember which) that there are still a few places around the world where Latin is the first language.

I think there are a couple of places in Finland where Latin is the first language. cannot remember why or how this is so though.

 

I find it incredible 

 

Ave Cesare

post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by leeperry View Post

O RLY? grammar between latin based languages and english is drastically different to me. English is a germanic language, and it clearly doesn't use the same words order as italian or french. Sure, there's a whole bunch of french words in english because french used to be the international language for many centuries.

Haha, no, I'm not talking about word order. I'm talking about points of grammar, like direct object, subordinate/coordinate clauses, conjunctions, etc. 
 

post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by revolink24 View Post

I'm tempted to learn latin as a course in college next year, do you folks think its worth it?

 

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Originally Posted by jjeremycai View Post

Just in case you're wondering why I'm asking, I'm studying Latin I right now... It's confusing, but it helps immensely with my English grammar and mechanics. 

 

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Originally Posted by jjeremycai View Post

 

Haha, no, I'm not talking about word order. I'm talking about points of grammar, like direct object, subordinate/coordinate clauses, conjunctions, etc. 

 


I think it is worthwhile but be warned that it requires alot of hard work and memorization of noun declensions and verb conjugations. And I agree with jjeremycai that learning Latin helps / improves one's grasp about grammar etc.


Edited by Jubei - 5/17/10 at 10:28pm
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by leeperry View Post

godverdomme! oops, that's not latin

 

well latin is called "italiano classico" in Italy, and I had it at school for quite a while...it ended up being quite an asset to learn other contemporary latin based languages.


I did a fair bit of swearing while learning Latin too

 

I agree that it can be an asset while learning other latin based languages but I think most people just use it to sound interesting, at least that's what I'm trying in my signature

post #22 of 29

Studied latin in high school many years ago. Don't remember a damned thing.

post #23 of 29

Semper Ubi Sub Ubi!!!!

 

Latina Regit!

 

Took it for 4 years.

post #24 of 29

You still actively read and translate Latin?

post #25 of 29
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You still actively read and translate Latin?


That's pretty much all we do in class. We just don't speak it.

post #26 of 29

IMHO Headphoneus Supremus is pig Latin. There should be a better word for -phoneus, because 'phone' is Greek, And if you want to describe "headphone" to a Roman it's probably better to use something like "orator capitis" as in 'speaker of the head' than headphoneus. Hehe.

 

nb: I still use the language for daily prayers and studies. And another head-fier friend here also too, and he sings ... et sicut angelus cantare potest! lol

post #27 of 29
Originally Posted by fidele-caput View Post

Headphoneus Supremus is pig Latin.

 

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Originally Posted by fidele-caput View Post

et sicut angelus cantare potest!

exactly![:aras qui rit]
 


Edited by leeperry - 5/21/10 at 11:51am
post #28 of 29

That last bit shouldn't be too hard at all for anyone worth their salt. Btw, good luck with your studies jjeremycai, you sound like someone who will benefit from learning the language. Here is a tip: find the verb and the rest is easy.

 

And like LFF said, latin rulez! :)

 

edit: tip for the OP.


Edited by fidele-caput - 5/21/10 at 1:45pm
post #29 of 29

Latin was a valuable bridge when I transitioned from learning Slavic languages to Western-Germanic ones. When living in North America, it takes back seat to learning Spanish, French or German; but study Latin/Greek and the other European tongues become a piece of cake.

 

That said, I've forgotten most of it

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