Saturday, April 13, 2013

Teaching myself Latin

I bought this book, a nice, straightforward pronunciation guide. Then I started looking at online Latin classes and  tried this one. The teacher uses a cheerful, upbeat approach that gave me confidence very quickly.  This site is a lot of fun and made me smile. Sancta Missa is a goldmine resource. A lot of people really love Linney's Latin and I plan to give it a try some time this year. 

Church Latin is different from Classic Latin in the way that the English of Chaucer is different from the English of Charles Dickens. I'm not particularly interested in Classical Latin. I really just want to be able to confidently, as second nature,  understand big chunks of the missal without a translation and say the Gloria or the Confietor out loud without making anybody snigger.  If Classical Latin is your thing this site, Latin for Mountain Men looks fascinating.

5 comments:

Old Bob said...

Good for you, Dymphna!
I learned ecclesiastical Latin in high school, 1958-1960. I still have all my books, and, believe it or not, occasionally use them.
Bless you! Best wishes!

Wendy in VA said...

Yes, good for you! And thank you so much for the links. I hadn't seen some of these.

Joe Potillor said...

:), keep it up :D

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"Church Latin is different from Classic Latin in the way that the English of Chaucer is different from the English of Charles Dickens."

Er, no.

It is different from Classic Latin in the way the English of Cardinal Newman is different from that of Milton.

The grammatical differences are small.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Pray it in Latin is very good for pronunciation.

But according to description, it is not a language course.

Next language course does not go very far.

Same with next. 10 vs 8 lessons.

Sancta Missa - same observbation as for Pray it in Latin.

Linney is a real language course. Did you try it? How far did you get?

Latin for Mountain men is, excepting perhaps pronunciation guides (didn't check if it had one) as indispensable for Ecclesiastical Latin as it is for Classical.