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Lesson 5 confusion

Some time ago, I received this message:

Love the program so far.

However, confused with Lesson 5 answers. 

The charts in teacher’s worksheet do not match students’ and we are confused by answers for:

#1 Why not ablative and vocative too?

#2 Why just nominative singular?

#5 Why not vocative plural?

#9 Why not also nominative/vocative plural?

#12 Why not also vocative sing/plural, ablative sing, accusative plural, nominative plural?

#14 Why not also vocative plural?

#16 nominative plural, vocative sing/plu, accusative plural?

Thank you!

After an embarrassingly long delay, here is my reply:

Do I have to learn the cases?

This comment popped up on YouTube.

Great videos. but I have a question. in lesson 1C you pronounced CAELUM /djelum/ or something like it. C like an CH. But in this one, you say it as K… why is that? and watching this lesson, i´ve got another question. why do we have to learn this nominatives and adjetives things?? are they gonna be useful latter on???

Here is my reply:

There are two pronunciations for Latin.
I learned the restored Classical Latin in school. In the Classical pronunciation, Caelum is pronounced with the K sound.
Later, I discovered the Ecclesiastical, or Italian pronunciation. Here Caelum is pronounced Chaelum.
I abandoned the restored Classical Latin for many reasons. I talk about all of them in my book, Via. You can find it here: https://dwanethomas.com/via/
As for all the cases, yes. It is worth the time you take to learn them. They are critical. Not only that, but, if you decide later to learn German, Greek, Russian, or many other languages, you will have to learn the same cases. If you have already learned them in Latin, you will have a head start in those other languages!
Have a great day!


Order of the cases

I received this inquiry:

“I really enjoy your videos in your web site and YouTube.  

I am confused as for example nouns Nom, Gen, Dat, Acc, Abl in every other source I use it is in a different order for example www.nationalarchives.gov.uk uses Nom, (Voc),Acc, Gen, Dat, Abl.  What could you advice me to do to avoid being confused?

Also, first declension nouns i.e. Gen you spell ‘ae ‘(pronounced ‘e’ and some pronounces as ‘aj’) and nationalarchives is spelled e.  Could you please help me to avoid confusion as I need to clarify my mind, please?”


Here is my reply:

Continue reading Order of the cases


Ablative: a certain case of Latin nouns. 

The word derives from ablatus, which is from aufero, (to carry away), ultimately from ab (away) and fero (I carry).

In it’s original sense, we use the ablative case when describing actions of carrying something away, or taking something away. 

However, the Ablative has many more uses.  Most famously, the Ablative is used to drive students mad.

The “Ablative Absolute” is an ancient form of grammatical error much admired by modern scholars.