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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MacIomhair

Which Latin?

Which form of Latin is this? Classical, vulgar, liturgical, something else? I've only dabbled so far and it looks like Classical to me, but I'm not certain yet.

August 27, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karasu4

It's classical.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MacIomhair

Excellent, that's what I was hoping for.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jesuisnichtryan

They're using classical pronunciation as far as I am aware


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thidrekr

It's Classical, although there seems to be one quirk that I notice: I believe "ph" is supposed to be pronounced as a plosive consonant (a breathy "p" like in "pot") and not like the fricative "f." One of the voices pronounces "Stephanus" with "ph," while another pronounces it with "f."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

It's Classical pronunciation (unfortunately).

I noticed that there aren't diacritics...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danielconcasco

It's not unfortunate. Just as it wouldn't be unfortunate if they used Ecclesiastical. Most classic programs use the Classical pronunciation and it's not hard to learn the other.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

I can't stand the [w] and the [aj] in Classical Latin. They're so ugly...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danielconcasco

https://www.duolingo.com/guidelines

"Embrace and share regional language differences A language can have many words, accents and ways to say the same thing. We think that’s one of the wonders of languages. Approach these conversations with an open mind and attitude."

Let's all be respectful of the differences in languages.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arandomgeneric

I have a question. Is it ok if I pronounce Latin the way I pronounce Portuguese?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danielconcasco

Using Portuguese (or Spanish or Italian) as a starting point is much better than using English. Just remember that the C is always hard (like K), the G is always hard (no J sound), and the V sounds like W. The only other one that throws off my students is that ae sounds like eye in English.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Leandro_lhi

I'm pronouncing Latin kinda like I pronounce Spanish. And I'm pretty sure the people recording are natives of some germanic language. We'll probably need to check IPA to get that part right.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hxvan

I also would like it has diacritics but there were never used in written Latin, only in dictionaries.

Source: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:About_Latin


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sonnenkrieger

To say macrons "were never used in written Latin, only in dictionaries" is patently false.

https://youtu.be/D3bmLi1bKI0


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mujilen

I don't think the speakers' native language is Germanic, otherwise they would spontaneously pronounce long i as [iː], short i as [ɪ], long u as [uː], short u as [ʊ], which was also the pronunciation in classical Latin.

Sorry, my post is misplaced, it should be below Leandro's one.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nancy227353

The female voice is American, the male voice is an Italian native speaker. I am the female voice.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danielconcasco

Thank you for spending so many hours on those audios, Nancy! You did a good job!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dikaiopolis2

Nancy, thank you so much! Great job! I must admit I like the voices very much, especially the female voice.
You speak with so much enthusiasm and energy!
It's a pleasure to listen to such a voice.
I am very happy to be able to learn Latin in this way. - Please, don't ever be discouraged! You're great and your voice is great. All the best to you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CuriousAtanaa

Thank you for all the time and affort you're putting in to develop the course Nancy. I deaply appreciate it.

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