These videos cover the noun forms for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd declensions. There are several of them, but they are pretty short. Enjoy!
The phrase mea culpa literally means "my fault" and is said as a sort of apology when you have done something wrong. It is the Latin equivalent (and a much classier way) of saying "my bad." Any guesses which declension the noun culpa belongs to? If you guessed the 1st declension, you're right!
Instead of a translation story this week, I have a couple exercises for you to practice what you learned (or reviewed) in the videos above.
Give the declension (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) of each noun by looking at the genitive ending. When you are finished with that, decline the nouns marked with an asterisk (*) using the correct endings.
princeps, principis ___________
*domina, dominae ____________
*leo, leonis __________________
*servus, servi ________________
puer, pueri _________________
Did you figure them all out? Did you get them all right?
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The answers are below:
princeps, principis - 3rd
domina, dominae - 1st
leo, leonis - 3rd
servus, servi - 2nd
puer, pueri - 2nd*
*This was almost a trick question! The nominative ends in -er, but puer is a 2nd declension noun because its genitive ends in -i. This is part of why it's so important to work carefully in Latin!