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Archive for February, 2010

Second Declension Sentences Posted by on Feb 27, 2010

Try translating these sentences on your own! (1) Es amīcus. (amīcus = friend) (2) Est cervus. (cervus = deer) (3) Sum medicus. (medicus = doctor.) The three sentences all contain second declension nouns. The most basic second declension nouns end in -us and are mostly masculine. For the second sentence, you might have translated this…

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Plurals Posted by on Feb 24, 2010

Now that we know how to say, “I am”, “You are”, and “He/She/It is” is Latin, let’s learn how to say, “We are”, “You all are” and “They are” in Latin. Sumus = we are Estis = you all are Sunt = they are Notice that unlike the group we saw last time, “sumus“, “estis” and…

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Five Good Emperors Posted by on Feb 21, 2010

The “Five Good Emperors” was a term coined by Machiavelli. In today’s post, we’ll examine just what made these give emperors “good”. Emperor Nerva had a short reign that ran for a little over an year. Although modern historians have labeled him a weak and ineffective emperor, his adoption of the next emperor ensured a smooth…

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Latin Sentences Posted by on Feb 18, 2010

We’re going to take on more subjects and nouns. First take a look at these words: Sum = I am Es = you are Est = his is, she is, it is Now try translating these sentences. (1) Est amīcus. (amīcus = friend) (2) Es dominus. (dominus = lord, master of the house) (3) Est…

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Latin Sentences Posted by on Feb 17, 2010

Now that we’ve had quite a  bit of grammar under our belt, let’s construct some simple sentences. I promise this won’t be painful! We’re going to start with the basics, which will be learning how to say, “I am a …” The word “sum” means “I am”. In Latin, “sum” is not always necessary, but…

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