I wanted this course so much! As this course should be a star course, it allows to learn many other languages and to understand well our languages and the etymology!
Does that mean that we should praise everything and hope that we don't offend the contributors? Critical feedback is important, if we need the course to be better.
The t at the end of dormit sounds aspirated. I didn't think latin had aspirated stops except for in borrowed words?
I think we don't really know how it was pronounced at the time. What do you mean by "borrowed words" in Latin?
What I don't understand is the pronunciation of the letter v. I mean, I know it's supposed to be formal, and correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't many people actually used this pronunciation. Kind of like the word thine in English today. Also I agree that they should have recorded a native Italian speaker as well.
It was pronounced like a "u" or "w". The distinction between the letter "u" and "v" is a late one. https://www.quora.com/Is-V-in-Latin-really-pronounced-as-W
I disagree for the native Italian, why Italian and no other languages that is born from Latin? They are as much daugher of this language than Italian, and there's several accents in Italian, so which one is the best one? I don't think Latin sounded so much like modern Italian. Italian had the time to be influenced by many accents and languages to give modern Italian. The pronunciation of the "v" etc, is so different in Latin and in Italian for instance. Any specialist about the Latin accent here?
"Vir" or "weer." Ecclesiastical Latin sounds better and has more use than classical. Not weni wedi wici but veni vidi vici.
Well, this course teaches Classical Latin, and "sounds better" is a highly subjective opinion.
Both "a man sleeps" and "the man sleeps" are valid translations. Latin does not have any articles, so without any context, it can go either way. If you responded to the prompt Vir dormit, any of the following ought to be accepted:
A man sleeps.
A man is sleeping.
The man sleeps.
The man is sleeping.
If you wrote any of those and it marked you wrong, please flag it and report "My answer should be accepted."