A-Z Challenge; L is for Latin


A to Z Challenge; L is for Latin

I studied Latin many eons ago when I was in high school–four long years of Latin and I did quite well in it. We had to enter a national contest every year, too, and we always did reasonably well in our scores. Sister Cecilia was our Latin teacher and she was filled with energy for the latin language and even let us reenact the murder of Julius Caesar in our sophomore year since we were studying Julius Caesar in English class. Except our Latin version used pistols.

Why, you may ask, am I bringing up Latin at this point in my life? There is a reason. I have bee reading the many volumes of the Marcus Didius Falco mystery series by Lindsey Davis that are set in first century Rome and I decided to reacquaint myself with the Latin language. So I have bee studying Latin in my spare time (which is not much but I squeeze it in when I can). It’s surprising how much has come back to me. The noun cases are old friends. The vocabulary itself is actually easy since so much of our language and the romance languages stem from Latin. The verbs tenses are the most difficult; the four principal parts are the hardest. But I’m making the best of it. I am actually enjoying it and it fits in nicely with my reading. I had forgotten that we have anglicized Latin and the true pronunciation was really quite different from what we use today.

So I’m studying a dead language. But I’m having fun with it. I had forgotten that adjectives have to match up with their nouns. That seems to have slipped my mind. I get a Latin word a day and it is used in a sentence. I have great fun trying to figure out the translation and then listening to the word and the sentence spoken by a fluent speaker. I could be doing something worse.

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About mairedubhtx

I am a "youngish" grandmother of 15 year old twin granddaughter who has recently (is a year "recent"?) adopted Islam as my way of life, much to the consternation of my family. I love to read. I love to write. I am writing a book about my decision to revert, about my spiritual journey. I have another blog about stories from my youth, my parents, and grandparents. It's a blog so my OCD daughter will not be able to throw it out when I die. I suffer from depression and anxiety, for which I am treated, so my posts may be a bit dark at times. C'est la vie.
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One Response to A-Z Challenge; L is for Latin

  1. The Hook says:

    You are braver than The Hook, young lady! Good luck with Latin!

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