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February 27th, 2005
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Learn Latin!
I need to improve my Latin. One of the best and most motivating ways I know of improving command of a subject is to teach it to others. It follows that I should teach Latin. Accordingly:

I propose to lead a study group of classical Latin (as written in Rome ca. 1st century BC and AD), free of charge and open for all (group size would be determined by the amount of space we find in our meeting place). Details:

What: study Latin
Where: place to be announced; default: my flat, at Bavli, Tel-Aviv.
When: once every two weeks, evening, day to be set by group.
How:
  • we shall use the book Wheelock's Latin Grammar, 6th edition (other editions also okay, this one is preferred), and follow Wheelock's lesson plan.
  • I will be supplementing Wheelock's material with additional explanations and exercises, as well as historical, social, or literary context where appropriate.
  • each student must prepare exercises between meetings (Latin cannot be learned without individual exercise). At the meeting, we shall learn new material and compare and discuss the exercises from the previous time. We shall set the pace according to the group's preference.
  • In addition to synthetic (made up) sentences, each lesson, starting from the very first one, will feature actual, authentic Latin sentences or passages, drawn from Roman sources.

Why:
  • Latin is a lovely language.
  • Latin is very useful for a profound understanding of all Romance languages (Italian, Spanish, Rumanian, French, Portuguese) as well as English.
  • Knowing Latin greatly helps to widen your vocabulary in these languages, and is likely to improve your results in exams such as the SAT and GRE.
  • There is some lovely poetry in Latin that you'd be able to savor in the original (we'll be reading some during the course).
  • see first sentence in this post.

Sign up here, or via e-mail. I'd like to begin ASAP, say in two weeks.

P.S. If enough people are interested, I can inquire about a volume discount at TAU's bookstore to get copies of Wheelock for all of you. If you'd like to try before you buy, let me know, and I'll prepare photocopies of the first couple of chapters, for you to work with, until you decide you're serious.

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From:goliard
Date:February 28th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
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Latin is very useful for a profound understanding of all Romance languages (Italian, Spanish, Rumanian, French, Portuguese)
- And Catalan! People always forget Catalan. Oh, and English too, in this context anyway.

Wish I could join you! It's been ages since I studied any of those magnificent old languages.
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From:ijon
Date:March 2nd, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
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And Catalan, yes. 'tis true, I'm quite myopic about Catalan. I guess it's just never "real" for me, because I haven't been exposed to any Catalan (I think), neither in speech nor in writing.
But anyhow, I really dislike Spanish, so I guess I'd dislike Catalan as well.

Join us? Don't be ridiculous, you cunicuwus! Maximus intra nobis es.
From:dolohov
Date:March 2nd, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
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I met a girl in Japan who spoke Catalan. She had a marvellous accent when she spoke English :)

Isn't there also a Romance language (besides French) spoken in parts of France?
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From:goliard
Date:March 3rd, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
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Catalan is actually spoken in the south of France too (it's very close to Provencal or Langue d'Oc, the medieval languages of the region). I don't think there's any other Romance language in France, though.
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From:goliard
Date:March 3rd, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Catalan is not that much like Spanish, within the Romance spectrum - it's about equally close to French. And it sounds (and looks)quite different from either - much prettier than Spanish, in my opinion. I find it very pleasing, in fact (and I sympathize with your aversion to Spanish: it isn't much to speak of aesthetically, though I eventually came to like it in a way).

Maximus intra vobis certe non sum. I'm sure you know more Greek than I ever did, and my Latin is very rusty too. Sic transit gloria cuniculi...
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From:kedorlaomer
Date:February 28th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)

I hope this doesn't jumble my present Latin efforts

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with Prof. Birenbaum, but it seems like a lovely idea. I'm in, as long as I can make it schedual wise.

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From:ijon
Date:February 28th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)

Re: I hope this doesn't jumble my present Latin efforts

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Actually, I would much prefer it if the group consisted strictly of beginners. If you're currently studying Latin at a university level, there's really no reason to join this group.
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From:madhulih
Date:February 28th, 2005 07:58 pm (UTC)

oh, this is so tempting..

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must... resist... urge... to... learn...
much respect for the initiative, though. more people should learn latin (and the other classics). it's good for the mind and good for the soul.
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From:ijon
Date:March 2nd, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)

Re: oh, this is so tempting..

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Hello. If it's so good for the mind and the soul, and if more people should learn Latin, so should you!
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From:madhulih
Date:March 2nd, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)

you're right, i should

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but i'm scared my deteriorating greek and struggling sanskrit would be mad at me for taking the time and effort they so justly deserve, and investing them in yet another new language. so, another time.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 28th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)

Gallus Moosi salutem dicit

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Procede nos moose !
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From:leehee
Date:March 2nd, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)
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I'd really like to join, if the option is still open.
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From:ijon
Date:March 2nd, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
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Sure!
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From:atzmi
Date:March 2nd, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)

at the risk of not sounding very original...

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I would very much like to join. I understand that the group may be too large by now, so I am also ready for a negative answer (or to be placed in a "waiting list".
How often are the lessons supposed to be held? Weekly?
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From:ijon
Date:March 2nd, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)

Re: at the risk of not sounding very original...

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You're welcome!
It's once every other week.
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