Learning Latin Basics: Lesson II Posted by Brittany Britanniae on Dec 10, 2014 in Latin Language
We have much to cover today! We are going to review the 1st and 2nd Conjugations and Declensions along with some sentence work.
1st Conjugation “Amo= I love”
1st s.= amo “ I love, I do love, I am loving”
2nd s.= amas “You love”
3rd s.= amat “He loves, She love, It loves”
1st pl.=amamus “We love”
2nd pl.=amatis “You (plural) love)”
3rd pl.=amant “ They love”
- One indicator of a 1st conjugation verb is the before the stem (which is underlined) there is usually an “a” in other forms. However, there is just an “o” ending in the 1st s. form.
2nd Conjugation “Habeo= I have”
1st s.= habeo “I have”
2nd s.= habes “You have”
3rd s.= habet “He has, She has, It has”
1st pl.= habemus “We have”
2nd pl.= habetis “You (plural) have”
3rd pl. =habent “They have”
- As with the 1st conjugation and the “a” indicator, the 2nd conjugation will have an “e” in its 1st s. form.
- Celo (1st conjugation)
- Timeo (2nd conjugation)
- Porto(1st conjugation)
- Habeo(2nd conjugation)
- Sum (Irregular Cojugation)**
**If you have already forgotten how to conjugate sum, take a look at last week’s post!
Nouns in Latin, unlike in English, change depending on the role in a sentence. By change, I mean, that the endings on the noun will change to either a nominative, accusative, genitive, dative, ablative (or vocative and locative- which aren’t used as much).
1st Declension is the declension to refer to nouns that “decline” to the following forms; which are usually feminine (99% of the time):
|aqua, –ae water f. (feminine)|
If you noticed that most of endings have an “a” in them. [Sorta reminds you of the 1st conjugation verbs with the “a” stem.]
2nd Declension is the declension to refer to nouns that “decline” to the following forms; which are usually masculine (99% of the time):
|dominus, –ī master m. (masculine)|
Notes on Declensions:
If you noticed that the endings do not have a common vowel, but in comparison to the 1st Declension- it is similar except for the “a” being replaced” with “u” in the singular, “o” in the plural and “ae” [mostly] replaced with “i.”
Please do not be thrown off or worried that the dative and ablative plural in the 1st and 2nd declension are the same. It is important simply to familiarize yourself with these forms.
Also did you notice that when these nouns were written out; they looked like: “dominus, -i” and “ aqua, -ae?” This is to show the Nominative singular form and then the ending to the Genitive singular form. This will assist in providing which declension a noun is since (“-us & -i” endings are clearly 2nd declension while “-a & -ae” are clearly 1st declension).
Nominative & Accusative:
The nominative case is used for the subject in a sentence. The accusative is the direct object of the sentence:
I love cats. I= nominative, love= verb, cats= accusative.
Are you following so far? Let’s look at some Latin.
Filia, -ae =daughter timeo= I am afraid, I fear voco= I call
Serua, -ae= slave-woman et= and aula, -ae=pot
Seruus, -i= slave-man ego= I thesaurus, -i= treasure
Coquus,-i=cook tu= you amo= I love
te= you (accusative) me=me habeo= I have
- filiam coqui vocant.
- The slave-women are afraid.
- thesauros ego amo.
- Seruas et Seruos Filae habent.
- You have a pot.
- serua timet seruos.
- The cook loves the female-slave.
- ego et tu habent aulas.
- The daughter calls you and me.
- filia amat seruum, et seruum amat seruam.
- The cooks call the daughter
- timent seruae
- I love treasures.
- The daughter has slave-men and slave-women.
- habes aulam OR habetis aulam.
- The slave woman fears the slave-men.
- coquus seruam amat.
- You and I have pots.
- te et me filia vocat.
- The daughter loves the slave-man, and the slave-man loves the slave-woman.
Does anyone have any request? If not I have a few surprises up my sleeve!