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Most texts and materials on this site have to do with the Latin language, including its perception in popular culture: movies, tattoos, inscriptions, engravings, bits of ancient philosophy, online Latin resources and company names. There is also information about learning Latin and Greek: textbooks, dictionaries, DVDs and software that can be used in a homeschooling environment.


Latin Quotes on Flickr

 
Sunday, May 18, 2008, 11:11 - Best Latin Quotes, Words of Wisdom, Proverbs and Sayings, Learn Latin Language
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A delightful collection of Latin inscriptions from various time periods on Flickr. When I am less busy I plan to help out with translating some of them.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/55537263@N00/pool/

A list of Latin derivatives

 
Tuesday, April 22, 2008, 16:40 - Latin Derivatives, Roots, Word Origins, Learn Latin Language
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Created a new page: a list of Latin derivatives in English. The Latin part of the list consists of the most common words, the English one has some pretty obscure modes of locution.

Latin Derivatives

'I only speak Latin' T-shirts

 
Monday, April 21, 2008, 19:03 - Learn Latin Language, Popular Latin Phrases, Mottos, Slogans
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Amazon sells T-shirts that say precisely this:

Please understand...
I only speak Latin!

Now, shouldn't this phrase also be in Latin? Just wondering...


Latin and Greek Courses by Assimil (the "sans peine" series) -- a review

 
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 16:37 - Books, dictionaries and texts, Ancient Greek Language, Learn Latin Language, Reviews
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Got a chance to have a look at these:

Assimil - Le Latin Sans Peine
Assimil - Le Grec Ancien Sans Peine

One needs to realize that the Greek and Latin courses are strikingly different. I believe, the Latin one is older. It resembles other Assimil courses designed for modern languages. Le Latin Sans Peine operates under a whimsical assumption that a somewhere a country exists where one frequently hears conversations such as this:

- Quanti costat locusta?
- Decem francis!
- Nimio constat.

If you happen to concur with the writers of this textbook, and also happen to know where knowledge of this kind of Latin might serve you well, good luck and bon voyage. Even as the course progresses you do not see much in terms of real Classical Latin that you perhaps wish to read one day. This is the same problem that exists the Rosetta Stone Latin course exhibits. At least in Assimil there is enough wit and solid grammar.

The Greek Assimil course is more in tune with the needs of Classical education. The audio tracks sound almost eerily authentic. I am no expert, but it sure seems that if you want to learn Attic pronunciation this is one of the best ways to do it.

As far as I know, these two courses are not available in English. It would be great to see them translated, especially the Greek one. And even if you don't know French, but are serious about learning Ancient Greek listening to the audio tracks would probably be most beneficial.

See also: Rosetta Stone review

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