Does /his/ speak Latin?
I've always wanted to learn, but is it worth learning to speak a dead language? How many hours of study am I looking at to be able to speak it half decently?
Legere et scribere possumus, hoc satis esse credo.
Yes there is. If you know ancient greek learning modern greek would be easy, but you could save time by just learning modern greek if thats your thing.
Regarding ancient works, one should look at the literature etc before deciing on a language. Latin is great imho but writings of Cicero are not equal to writings of Plato, Seneca is not Aristotle. Virgil is not Homer. Roman elite spoke and many wrote in Greek, even emperors like Julian or Marcus Aurelius. Religion is also dominated by Greek, Bible, most of the early christian commentary etc is in greek.
So it is in my opinion that people should learn Greek first unless they are specifically interested in an area where latin is dominant, like law.
Mango languages has a free latin course. It's enough to get your feet wet before you buy a dusty tome and start teaching yourself. You can also find some cheat sheets on amazon for a couple bucks while you still need training wheels.
There is NO substitute for memorization though. You have to do it eventually.
>Is there any difference between ancient Greek and modern Greek?
Plenty, but it's actually pretty damned similar with some words.
The aspirated vowels at the beginning of words were dropped. That's one of the few things I know for sure. It generally became simplified. I think iota subscripts were lost.
Well, consider the following:
"Kaiser" is the German attempt at transcribing the Latin pronunciation of the word "Caesar"
"Czar" is the Russian attempt at transcribing the Latin pronunciation of the word "Caesar"
"Seezar" or "Chiezar" is the sound that mouth-breathing anglos make when they try to read the Latin word "Caesar" as if it was a English word.
カエサル is the Japanese attempt at transcribing the pronunciation of the Latin word "Caesar"
シイザア is the Japanese attempt at transcribing the way mouth-breathing anglos try to pronounce the Latin word "Caesar"
I used to meet once a week with a friend to speak in latin. I was hard at first, but it was really fun.
My advice op: find someone with the same interest as you, because if you are going to try this alone, you will maybe master translation and writing, but no speaking.
Those are relative pronouns, which can be really confusing. They usually refer to "who", "whom" and the like if you are discussing a living thing, or "which" if you are discussing a non-living thing.
Cambridge Latin Course + Wiktionary
I also use Quizzlet for practice because it's a great study tool for anything. After 10 days I've learned 300-500 words and about 3 verb tenses and 3 noun declensions. I can shitpost in the occasional Latin thread and people will understand me although I can't understand them.
I study for 2-5 hours a today but I'm not practicing my pronunciation. My goal is to learn to read and write, and then I'll work on pronunciation by watching videos and listening to e-books.
What kinda books? E-books? New books?
Here's some old Roman Empire shit:
>Subitô statua in piscînam cadit. Sextus rîdet. Marcus quoque rîdet, sed Dâvus, “Abîte, molestî!” clâmat et ad piscînam îrâtus currit. Puerî ex hortô currunt. Dâvus gemit.
Why is Sextus such a little shit?
I am almost done with the second book of this series. I am studing it alone. It kind of sucks that I have been NEETing for almost three months and have literally no money and don't have the third and fourth books. I feel like an impoverished aristocrat. I have such simple needs, would do a job no matter how humble as long as I don't have to speak to too many idiots but I can't one.
I'm learning my tenses right now.
How come third conjugation for active indicative perfect sense is such a load of shit?
>dicit => dixit
>facit => fecit
>ruit => ruit
The first, second, and fourth conjugations were somewhat consistent.
fui is perfect
eram is imperfect
so fui is a completed action, whereas eram is something ongoing
fui = "I was (and am no more)"
eram = "I was (and am continuing to be)", or, "I used to be", e.g. "I ran (cucurri) " = perfect, "I was running (currebam)" = imperfect; "I wrote (scripsi) an email" = perfect, "I was writing (scribebam) an email" or "I used to write (scribebam) emails" = imperfect.
>get to Stage 7: Cena in the Cambridge Latin Course 4e
>get so spooked by the spooky stories that I forget everything I learned
Ego sum perterritus