Thursday, February 4, 2010

Latin 101

I've begun my first Latin lessons this week. I changed my schedule around so that I could take Latin 101 (an online class -- public schooling). Although the class is teaching me classical Latin and not ecclesiastical I am still learning a lot. I do well at knowing and deciphering the Latin stem of a word, and am now learning how to put words together and how to conjugate my verbs and declensions.

It's fairly easy stuff actually!

This class is already helping me to understand English grammar better along with the little bit of Spanish and Italian I know. The hardest part is knowing what is different in classical Latin compared to ecclesiastical.

What this class has really helped me with is learning the definitions and sentence structures of Latin words or phrases that I apply weekly (sometimes daily) at Mass or in prayer. I knew before what most words meant, but now I can see their true definitions and purpose in certain contexts along with picking more and more words up as I go along because I am becoming more familiar with them.

Which also allows me to see all of the terrible and (in some cases) liturgically wrong translations that the English Mass uses, the ones I was (sadly) brought up on.

9 comments:

Miss Grace Marie said...

God bless you as you learn Latin! I really want to learn ecclesiastical Latin so that I may be able to read the Bible in Latin (it may take a long time to learn, but I'm willing!).

In Nomine Domini †

CH (CPT) Brian Stanley said...

Optimum est!

all4JesusandMary said...

That's so cool that you're learning Latin!!! :-)
"What this class has really helped me with is learning the definitions and sentence structures of Latin words or phrases that I apply weekly (sometimes daily) at Mass or in prayer. I knew before what most words meant, but now I can see their true definitions and purpose in certain contexts along with picking more and more words up as I go along because I am becoming more familiar with them.

Which also allows me to see all of the terrible and (in some cases) liturgically wrong translations that the English Mass uses, the ones I was (sadly) brought up on."

I'm in Latin II right now, and I've discovered the same thing!!! :-)
(Just as a friendly warning though, it does get harder. :-P)

God bless and have a great day! :-)

~Emily~

Dad said...

Enjoy your first snow day of the year!!! Now, go shovel the driveway...

Kayla said...

I am so proud of your spelling! This is really cool, and thanks for showing me! I'm glad Latin's going well for you, although I'm hearing it first hand, especially with your wonderful Latin song you sang today. :)

-God Bless-

CH (CPT) Brian Stanley said...

Hic, haec, hoc,
huius, huius, huius...

Dad said...

Huic, Huic, Huic
Hunc, Hanc, Hoc
(Hiccup)
Sorry, Latin goes well with Glenmorangie '85

That was for you, Fr. Captain...

CH (CPT) Brian Stanley said...

I have had only one scotch since arrival in Germany, so my Latin is intact.

I said Mass in Latin on Sunday.

I hope to offer the Extraordinary Form soon. There are priests of the Institute of Christ the King here in Stuttgart, who are willing to train me! God bless them! God help them!

We are awaiting the next posting from Jock, something timely and exquisitely illustrated, having to do with the significance of the ashes or some other Lenten practices. C'mon Jock: chop-chop!

Glen Converse said...

I am so happy to hear you're studying Latin. I am 66 years old, and have always grieved that I never took Latin in HS or college.