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Why do we learn the genitive singular of each Latin noun?

Can they not be worked out from each other? No! That's the whole point for learning all of them. Why are each of these forms necessary for memorisation? That is the minimal amount of information to ...
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Why do we learn the genitive singular of each Latin noun?

Joonas's answer is spot-on, but to give some more illustrations: Quite a lot of Latin nouns end in -us; it's one of the best-known features of the language. But they don't all decline the same! ...
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Learn Ancient Greek or Latin first?

Learning Latin is (generally speaking*) easier than Greek; you don't need to learn a new alphabet, and if you know a little bit of Italian, French or Spanish, you might recognize some of the words. ...
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Less complicated Latin texts to continue reading after highschool

I've found I quite enjoy reading Ovid—his work is poetry, not prose, which adds a bit of difficulty, but the mythological subjects are pretty familiar, which makes it easier to deal with unknown words ...
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Learn Ancient Greek or Latin first?

The best choice depends on various things, like your goals, the time available, your language background, the courses you could attend, and probably other factors that did not occur to me. I will give ...
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Where to find an online Latin text corpus and what can I do with it?

The PHI Classical Latin Texts Database http://latin.packhum.org The Packard Humanities Institute provides free access to Latin Litterature texts from the beginning to ~200 AD. There are currently ...
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Resources for pronouncing Latin

Vox Latina by W. Sidney Allen (2nd edition, 1978) is the standard book for pronouncing not just Classical Latin, but noted variants, as well. The book is a companion to Vox Graeca, and is a ...
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How do I know where to place macrons?

Macrons are mainly pronunciation guides, telling which vowels are pronounced long. In some cases they can resolve ambiguities, when two words only differ by the length a vowel. Using them is not ...
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Less complicated Latin texts to continue reading after highschool

One slightly offbeat option would be Asterix. It's not quite classic literature, but it's well written and fun.
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Resources for pronouncing Latin

One resource for learning Latin pronunciation is Nuntii Latini, the Finnish Latin news broadcast. The pronunciation is very clear and the news items are also available as plain text, making it easy ...
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Less complicated Latin texts to continue reading after highschool

One option, perhaps best alongside other approaches, is to read (and listen to) the Latin news broadcast Nuntii Latini. News come in every week and concern matters you have likely encountered in other ...
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To accent or not to accent in Greek

Personally, I think that you should, in that accent marks are helpful. But: (a) Plato wouldn't have known what an accent was, anyway, the whole thing being a conspiracy by later schoolmasters This ...
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Learn Ancient Greek or Latin first?

My suggestion is to study Greek and Latin together, calmly, step-by-step, in order to see the differences and similarities between the two grammars and their usual constructs. This is also the ...
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Declining caput, capitis (3rd decl., neuter) as a starting student

There are two ways to approach this question that I would like to distinguish: Historical. In the historical version the question would be: "Where does the form caput come from and why is it ...
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Is translating texts from Latin really necessary to learn the language?

To learn a language properly, I would argue that it is necessary to read texts in that language. If you only ever translate from your native language to the new language, your view is too limited. ...
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Where to find an online Latin text corpus and what can I do with it?

This is a meta-answer on How to find Latin corpora? Go to the Virtual Language Observatory (run by the European Union financed CLARIN project), search all resources and restrict the search to Latin ...
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Does writing improve reading comprehension?

I don't know of any studies specifically about this, but I can give you two reasons for expecting writing to help. Here is a classic psychological experiment from the days of behaviorism.* One group ...
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Less complicated Latin texts to continue reading after highschool

A good place to start is at http://ephemeris.alcuinus.net/ This is a sort of newspaper with all kinds of contributions, from jokes and cartoons to serious current news items and fiction. It is edited ...
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Less complicated Latin texts to continue reading after highschool

If you're so inclined, I'd suggest the Latin Bible. The syntax tends to be fairly straight-forward, and it's easy to consult English translations for comparison.
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How essential are the demonstrative pronoun declensions?

You can't read Latin proficiently without knowing these pronouns: they're all very common, and the meaning of a sentence often hinges on their precise form. That said, their declensions are ...
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Is translating texts from Latin really necessary to learn the language?

When learning/teaching a foreign language, reading, writing, listening and speaking -even if they have a lot in common, i.e., the language itself- are considered different skills. That's the reason ...
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Material for learning new poetic meters

It takes a long time to master Latin poetry, and a lot of practice in reading before you can attempt to write it. The metrical schemes are not hard to follow, but declaiming the poems as the classical ...
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Where to find an online Latin text corpus and what can I do with it?

The Latine version of Wikisource Wikisource can be a good idea, as I think its code is pretty good standardized — as an illustration, books can be exported in many formats with this (experimental) ...
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Is it better to memorize verb's 1st person perfect tense?

Unfortunately you do need to memorize the perfect stem for each verb you learn. Many verbs are similar, and it helps a lot that many first conjugation verbs have the -v- in perfect forms. But not all ...
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An introduction to Latin etymology?

It sounds like you're looking for two or three different things: an introduction to Latin historical linguistics (i.e. development of Latin from Proto-Indo-European); an introduction to Romance ...
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Resources for pronouncing Greek

An obvious first is of course W. Sidney Allen’s Vox Graeca: The Pronunciation of Classical Greek, third edition, Cambridge UP 1987, latest reprint 1994, currently print-on-demand (but with very quick ...
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Where to find an online Latin text corpus and what can I do with it?

The Latin Library is one possibility. It is very light, consisting of simple HTML pages with no unnecessary features. There are no additional features, just the Latin texts. Some might argue that also ...
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Less complicated Latin texts to continue reading after highschool

This may not be for everyone, but I personally read one articulus of the Summa Theologica by Thomas Aquinas every day. It can be found online at corpusthomisticum.org, and there is an English ...
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Less complicated Latin texts to continue reading after highschool

The best resource list I know of is this one from Justin Slocum Bailey of Indwelling Language. Check especially the section titled "Fairly simple Latin reading material." Here I've selectively ...
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Should I study Latin in English or in Spanish?

My native language is also Spanish, and I first found a book called Método para aprender Latín of Hermann Schnitzler. It covers the fundamental grammar, but some explanations are brief and sometimes ...
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