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Postby Ankor » Sat 03 Oct 2009 12:56 am

I studied Latin and French in high school...french first then Latin, french bored me...Latin made my day...

i think we should start speaking classical Latin again...and not that shit the Vatican ppl use

bonus dies mei amicos.
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Re: Lingua Latina

Postby linguoboy » Sat 03 Oct 2009 2:12 am

Ankor wrote:i think we should start speaking classical Latin again...and not that shit the Vatican ppl use

You mean we should speak the shit you just made up instead?

bonus dies mei amicos.


For starters, "good day" should be in the accusative because it would be an abbreviation of something along the lines of bonum diem vobis exopto "I wish y'all a good day" and not a statement like bonus dies est "It's a good day". "My friends" should be in the vocative because it's used for direct address. Except in the masculine singular, the vocative is identical to the nominative, but what you have there is half nominative (mei) and half accusative (amicos). The dative would also be possible, e.g. meis amicis bonum diem exopto "To my friends I wish a good day!"

But, frankly, this doesn't sound like Classical Latin at all but rather something reverse-translated from a modern European language. That is, it's even more distant from Roman usage than what you'd hear in the Vatican. I don't know of any evidence that bonum diem was in use in Classical times. The usual Roman greeting was salve! for one person and salvete for more than one and the usual leavetaking was vale! in the singular and valete! in the plural.

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Re: Lingua Latina

Postby Aeetlrcreejl » Sat 03 Oct 2009 3:10 am

linguoboy wrote:fili meus, et amplius noli errare!


Wouldn't it be fili mi? Fili seems to be vocative.
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Re: Lingua Latina

Postby linguoboy » Sat 03 Oct 2009 4:09 am

Aeetlrcreejl wrote:Wouldn't it be fili mi? Fili seems to be vocative.

I wasn't sure if meus had a distinct form in the vocative since most adjectives don't. Fili meus is attested, but I think you're correct that fili mi is more common.
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Re: Lingua Latina

Postby Sobekhotep » Sun 04 Oct 2009 6:13 am

Ankor wrote:i think we should start speaking classical Latin again

Who's "we"? None of my ancestors spoke Latin.
Latin, such an overrated language... :|
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Re: Lingua Latina

Postby Delodephius » Sun 04 Oct 2009 10:16 am

It is. I prefer (Ancient) Greek or Old Slavonic. Check out my website:
http://sites.google.com/site/oldchurchslavonic/

And I like Vulgar Latin more than Classical Latin.
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Re: Lingua Latina

Postby Sobekhotep » Mon 05 Oct 2009 3:15 am

Delodephius wrote:Check out my website:
http://sites.google.com/site/oldchurchslavonic/

Some serious hyperbole there! :o
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Re: Lingua Latina

Postby danniebenedi » Fri 09 Oct 2009 1:26 am

Latin is quite a historical language, as is obvious.

Bringing it back would make the civilization essentially immortal. I'm all for it.

Unfortunately, this language is not commonly taught in high schools. I definitely think we should make Latin mandatory in all developed nations ;D
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Re: Lingua Latina

Postby dtp883 » Fri 09 Oct 2009 1:41 am

Wth? Why? Most developed nations already have large English speaking majorities. Why impose a more complex and currently unused language on them. It would be smarter to force Mandarin, Spanish, or Arabic to be learned since they already have large speaking populations.

And why developed nations? Wouldn't it be harder to force a developed nation to do something. Third World Countries can be influenced much more easily with money. Then again why would developing countries want to learn a complicated language that won't help them prosper in the global arena?
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Re: Lingua Latina

Postby Talib » Fri 09 Oct 2009 5:39 am

Latin is already taught in some countries - which have historical and linguistic ties to Rome. Teaching Latin in Italy is reasonable; teaching it in South Korea is absurd.
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