How's the pronunciation of V in latin? Like a W or the Spanish, Italian and English V pronunciation?
I'm new to Latin and I'd like to know what's the correct pronunciation of the letter V. For example, should I pronounce the word Vir as "wir" or "vir"?
Always as 'w'.
Or think of it as a short u-sound. Like the Romans did. They didn't even have separate letters for u and v.
'Uvula' for instance, would, in typical upper-case inscription style be written as
Also a beginner here. It seems that VVVLA would be a lot easier to pronounce if the middle V was spoken like an English V. To my ears, pronouncing the v as a w seems odd, as there is a v sound in most (all?) Romance languages. Is this pronunciation an American thing?
It does depend on preference. Later Latin, or even Latin that sounded rustic to Cicero, would have used a "v" sound. So it depends really, how you want to sound, and quite a lot of continental Europeans who otherwise use the classical system use "v", not least because "w" is harder if you are German, Dutch, Italian, French or Spanish …