I received this question a few days ago:


I got the Bible.is app. I’ve memorized part of John 1 with Classical Conversations. The version you like has a few differences in pronunciation. We say ‘prin-kip-io”. The app says “prin-chip-io”

We say “lu-ket” and the app says “lu-chet”.

Is that the difference between classical and eccliastical pronunciation? Can you recommend a version with the type of pronunciation I’ve been learning? I am starting your Visual latin 1 soon…

Thank you!

Here is my reply:


I recommed Ecclesiastical pronunciation for sure.  But, honestly, there is little difference between the two pronuciations.  I created a video on this topic some time ago.  Here it is: https://youtu.be/Wh-QorH3Fi4

I’ve also written extensively about this topic in my ebook, Via: Latin for the Lost.

I learned the restored “classical” pronunciation when I was teaching myself Latin.  As soon as I discovered the audio Bible in Latin  I switched to Ecclesiastical pronunciation and have never looked back.  

As for a version of the Bible in the restored “classical” pronunciation, I’ve not been able to find one.  In fact, I can find almost no free recordings of any books in the restored pronunciation.  Another wonderful reason to abandon that pronunciation, in my opinion. 

I know this may not be of much help to you, but, if you think of any other questions, I will do my best to answer.