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Latin pronunciation

Well, Latin pronunciation could be discussed. For example in grammar school we learned, that ae shoul be almost alwais pronounced as a diftong and that letter C was not always prononced as K. I wander how many diiferent schools exist, since it is a dead language now.

September 6, 2019



When I was at school, I was taught the direct opposite of the two precepts you describe.


I go with the reconstructed classic pronunciation. It has a much more genuine tone to it.


there is not one system of reconstructed classic pronunciation. Personally, I prefer the Calabrese system which only has 5 vowels.


I hope you don't forget about the length distinction. Five vowel qualities are fine but less than ten vowels is bad.


Of course. I'm speaking of a short and a long version for all 5 vowel qualities.


A fellow man of culture.


I currently take Latin at my school, and pronunciation is a big thing. ae would be pronounced as a long i, so it would sound like the ending of buy. c is always pronounced as a k, like in cat. the letter v is always pronounced as a w, so it would be like word, or walk. I hope that helped


What I have read from a person who knows Latin: Bruno_Angel

< Regarding pronunciation, certainly, like Spanish, it depends on the time and area where it has been spoken. There are three pronunciations: the classical, the piana (or Roman) and the vernacular. The vernacular is the adaptation of Latin to local pronunciation, that is, it is pronounced according to the current speech of the place. That pronunciation became common in Spain, but it certainly wouldn't be the one used in a course like this. The classical and the Roman do not differ greatly from each other.>

I can say nothing. My Latin is from school, but I do remember C as K and V as W.

I add that it is an initiative that I like.


The reason why sometimes the letter C sounds like an S in words like science is because of a sound change which had not yet happened in the classic period. I believe it happened whenever a C preceded an e or i.


There are several schools of how to pronounce Latin. The version used here is a simplification and quite acceptable.


Here is a simple guide to both Ecclesiastical and Classical pronunciation, with recordings of the vowels, long vowels, dipthongs and on second page consonants, and recordings of a set of words to illustrate each sound. It's pretty close I would say, and certainly illustrates the two pronunciation systems for you.


I wouldn't pronounce the short vowels as long as he does.


He's saying things slowly perhaps? I see what you mean though.


I am ok with the so-called "restituta" pronunciation, what I find difficult to accept is the heavy british accent of some words in the lessons. The pronunciation of the "t" and "p"'s for example or the vowel in "urbs". But I understand that this is inevitable to a degree. Thank you for your effort, whoever did this.

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