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We see Roman numerals everywhere, from Super Bowls to popes. This video is a short introduction to Roman numerals, including how to add and even multiply with them.
We may not speak Latin anymore, but that doesn't mean we don't know how it's pronounced. This video covers consonants, which are mostly the same as our English ones, with just a few exceptions.
Trilling your R is just hard, especially for many English speakers, and I teach one of the ways you can achieve a trilled R. Don't get frustrated if you can't do it right the first time. Trilling takes practice, but most people can achieve this trill with enough time and patience. Good luck!
The vowel in Latin is the most important part of pronunciation. This video covers the difference between long and short vowels, along with diphthongs (everyone's favorite word).
Latin is dead? No way! Latin is just the ancient form of Spanish, French, and Italian. And what's more, Latin wasn't what it once was, since it is also derived from another more ancient (and lost) language. But we can trace the history of Latin and its related languages like a family genealogy. N.B., not all languages are represented here (e.g., Romanian, itself a Latin tongue) only because of space limitations in the video.
Numbers in Latin are as easy as one-two-three, except that the numbers one, two, and three are declined to match the same case, number, and gender as the noun they are describing. This video covers Latin cardinal numbers, the numbers we use to count.
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Before you begin to learn Latin, it's probably best to review some of the more basic concepts of grammar in English. This video covers the essentials: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional phrases.
One of the big hurdles for any beginning Latin student is dealing with the case system, which essentially does not exist in English. This video is a basic overview of the six main cases in Latin: the nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, ablative, and vocative.
Unlike English, Latin is an inflected language (which means that the endings of nouns change based on its role in the sentence) and divides its nouns into groups called declensions. Each declension has predictable and fixed patterns for changing endings to go along with the changing grammar. This video discusses at a very basic level what exactly declensions are and how you can identify the declension of a noun given just the nominative and accusative cases.
Latin sentences tend to have an order different from what most English speakers are familiar with. Latin likes a touch of suspense by placing the verb at the end of the sentence. But it's not so strange, since more languages have Latin's word order (Subject-Object-Verb) than English's (Subject-Verb-Object).
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