A VIDEO (or two or three...):
These videos will walk you through the pronunciation of consonants, vowels, and how to trill your r's when speaking Latin. You'll have a chance a little later on to practice this yourself. For now, though, grab some popcorn, sit back, and review.
VENI, VIDI, VICI
This famous quote was by Julius Caesar, in a letter detailing a recent victory in battle. Can you guess what it means?
If you need help guessing what it means, here are some hints:
- All three words are perfect tense verbs using the i, isti, it endings.
- The first word is the verb venio, venire, veni, ventus - to come
- The second word is the verb video, videre, vidi, visus - to see
- The third word is the verb vinco, vincere, vici, victus - to conquer
The quote by Julius Caesar means, "I came, I saw, I conquered." He used this phrase to sum up his battle victory; it was a swift one! People today use this quote to show that something was not difficult for them. The next time someone asks you how your Latin test went, you can tell them "veni, vidi, vici" instead of "It was easy!"
Using the pronunciation rules you learned above, how would you pronounce veni, vidi, vici?
Read the following story aloud to practice your Latin pronunciation. Then listen to the video below to see how you did! After you read the story aloud to practice your pronunciation, practice translating the story. Like last week's lesson, I will give you a couple words to help (below the reading) and include the translation in the comments so you can check your work.
In Asia est vir clarus. vir est Anchises. dea Anchisen amat. Aeneas est filius deae et Anchisae. Aeneae uxor est Creusa. Creusa Aeneasque filium vocant Ascanium.
Aeneae patria est Troia. Troia non est in Europa, sed in Asia. Graeci et viri Troiae pugnant. Graeci Troiam occupant. Aeneas Anchisen portat. Creusam filiumque vocat.
Aeneas: "non iam est Troia. sed dei deaeque viros Troiae amant. etiam feminas et pueros puellasque amant. hodie ad Europam navigamus."
Words to help:
clarus, a, um - famous
Anchisen - accusative form of Anchises