Latin/Spoken/Lesson 2

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Spoken Latin
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Chapter 2: 1234
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Assessment: 12

Chapter One, Lesson Two - Telling people where you're from and what language you speak: In this chapter you'll study basic conversations.

Lesson 2[edit]

Countries, inhabitants and the language[edit]

Country People Adjective Language
Roma ("Rome") Romanus ("a Roman") Romanus, Romana, Romanum ("Roman") Lingua Latina ("Latin")
Anglia ("England") Anglus ("a Englishman") Anglicus, Anglica, Anglicum ("English") Lingua Anglica ("English")
Islandia ("Iceland") Islandus ("an Icelander") Islandicus, Islandica, Islandicum ("Icelandic") Lingua Islandica ("Icelandic")
Japonia ("Japan") Japonus ("a Japanese") Japonicus, Japonica, Japonicum ("Japanese") Lingua Japonica ("Japanese")

Nationality[edit]

If you're referring to an English man you say Anglicus and if you're referring to an English woman you say Anglica. The ending -us is used for men and the ending -a for women.

If you're going to say "I'm Japanese" you just need to say Sum Japonicus. if you're male, and Sum Japonica if you're a female. Examples:

  • Sum Islandica = I'm Icelandic (female)
  • Sum Romanus = I'm Roman (male)
  • Sum Japonica = I'm Japanese (female)
  • Sum Anglicus = I'm English (male)

Language[edit]

To say that you "speak" a language you just need to say loquor. Loquor means "I speak", so if you're going to say "I speak Latin", you say: Linguam latinam loquor. Now don't get angry and confused over why "lingua latina" is now "linguam latinam". It will be explained later. For now, just remember that you add an 'm' to a word when it's the object. Now, some examples:

  • Linguam Anglicam loquor. = I speak English
  • Linguam Latinam loquor. = I speak Latin.

Now to make the sentence negative you simply add non which means "no" or "not":

  • Linguam Latinam non loquor = I don't speak Latin.
  • Linguam Islandicam non loquor = I don't speak Icelandic.
  • Linguam Japonicam non loquor = I don't speak Japanese.

Referring to other people[edit]

If you're going to say "you are English" or "you are Roman" we need how to say "you are". You almost never have to use personal pronouns (I, we, they, you) in Latin because they are inferred from context or the verbs. So if you are going to say "you are" you simply say "es". Example:

  • Es Islandicus = You are Icelandic (male)
  • Non es Japonica = You aren't Japanese (female)
  • Es Romana = You are Roman (female)
  • Es Anglicus = You are English (male)

Now you rarely need to tell people of what nationality they are (what did you say? "you rarely need to use Latin either"? Just shut up and pay attention!). If you want to ask people a question, you add -ne to the first word of the sentence. For example:

  • Es Anglicus = You are English (male)
    Esne Anglicus? = Are you English? (male)
  • Es Japonica = You are Japanese (girl)
    Esne Japonica? = Are you Japanese? (girl)
  • Sum Islandicus = I'm Icelandic (male)
    Sumne Islandicus = Am I Icelandic? (male)

Dialogue[edit]

Latin Dialogue • Lesson 2 • Gnome-speakernotes.pngaudio
Are you Japanese? Flag of Rome.svg Esne Japonica?
Speakers Latin English
Maria Salve Eva. Hello Eva.
Eva Salve Maria! Hi Maria!
Maria Eva, esne Japonica? Eva, are you Japanese?
Eva Non. Non sum Japonica. No. I'm not Japanese.
Maria Esne Romana? Are you Roman?
Eva Hehae, non. Non sum Romana. Sum Islandica. Hehe, no. I'm not Roman, I'm Icelandic.

Asking what languages[edit]

Here we'll learn how to ask people what languages they speak. First let's overview a very limited conjugation of the verb "to speak".

  • loquor = I speak
  • loqueris = you speak
  • loquitur = he/she/it speaks

Now it would be advisable for you to learn by heart, as it'll prove immensely useful. Let's now learn a few things.

Do you speak?[edit]

To learn how to ask what people know or speak you must first learn to "declare" that they know something. E.g.:

  • Linguam Latinam loquor. = I speak Latin.
  • Linguam Anglicam loquitur. = He/she speaks English.
  • Linguam Islandicam non loquor. = I don't speak Icelandic.
  • Linguam Japonicam loqueris. = You speak Japanese.

Now you wonder; "how can I ask questions?". Did you just learn the enclitic (don't worry about knowing that word, you're never going to use it) -ne which makes sentences into questions? You just add it to the first word of the sentence!

  • Loquerisne? = Do you speak?
  • Linguamne Latinam loqueris? = Do you speak Latin?
  • Linguamne Latinam loquitur? = Does he/she speak Latin?

How would we say "don't you speak Latin"? Did you maybe think since we know how to say "do you speak Latin" and we know how say "no" (non) that it's:

  • Linguamne Latinam non loqueris? ... Nope sorry that's wrong.

The way to say "don't" or "aren't" is the word nonne! (you might also see that it's made from non and -ne)

  • Nonne Linguam Latinam loqueris? = Don't you speak Latin?
  • Nonne Anglicus es? = Aren't you English? (referring to a man)
  • Nonne Lingua Latina est? = Isn't this Latin?
    Notice that the word Latin is written as "Lingua Latina" but not as "Linguam Latinam". This is because nothing "affects" it.

Dialogue[edit]

Now let's look at some dialogue (in a freak turn of events the speakers are Caesar and Brutus)..

Latin Dialogue • Lesson 2 • Gnome-speakernotes.pngaudio
Are you Japanese? Flag of Rome.svg Esne Japonica?
Speakers Latin English
Caesar Ave[1] Brute.[2] Hail Brutus!
Brutus Ave Caesar. Quid agis hodie? Hail Caesar. How are you today?
Caesar Bene me habeo.[3] I am well.
Brutus Caesar, nonne Romanus es? Caesar, aren't you Roman?
Caesar Sic est. Cur? I am. Why?
Brutus Nihil est. Linguamne Latinam loqueris? It's nothing. Do you speak Latin?
Caesar Sic est, Linguam Latinam loquor! Cur? Yes, I speak Latin! Why?
Brutus Cur non? Ei.. Nihil est. Vale. Why not? Oh.. It's nothing. Good bye.
Caesar ..Vale.. ..bye..

References[edit]

  1. Ave was a very formal expression of greetings. Were this an informal meeting of friends they would simply use salve.
  2. The reason why Brutus' name is written as Brute is because he's addressing him. This will be explained later. (v. et tu, Brute)
  3. Literally meaning "I have me well".

A complete textbook for spoken Classical Latin can be found on Google Books: http://www.google.co.uk/books?id=GJgAAAAAYAAJ This textbook can be heard read out aloud here: http://latinum.mypodcast.com