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Greetings! [Sep. 25th, 2007|09:46 am]
Wheelock's Latin

Super psyched about this community! I found it while google-searching for A Comprehensive Guide to Wheelocks Latin by Dale Grote (awesome companion to the textbook, by the way).
I love Latin and I'm addicted to Livejournal so this is perfect!

A little about-me: I'm currently taking my 7th year of Latin, all from the same teacher. She started teaching with a curriculum she wrote herself, then when we were ready for Latin IV she brought out Wheelocks. It was a great learning experience for all of us. Wheelocks is so different, and so advanced. Now I'm back for Latin V where we're working on completing the Wheelocks book (we only got through half of it last year).

Last year our entire class got Cum Laude or higher in the National Latin Exam, and we're going to be taking it again this year! I'm really excited.

So, does anyone post in this community anymore? It seems rather dormant.
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(no subject) [Feb. 17th, 2007|06:45 pm]
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Greetings! I took Latin in highschool (with Wheelock's, of course) for two years, but now I've nearly forgotten everything.

Someone recently posted a little addendum about "thank you." I am going out of my mind trying to figure out what ago is, what form, what word, and why it is necessary for "gratias (tibi/vobis) [ago]." Can someone enlighten me?
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Another question [Feb. 15th, 2007|11:01 pm]
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"Nihil igitur mors est, quoniam natura animi habetur mortalis"- Lucretius.

I haven't been able to make much headway with this one. The first clause is clear enough: "Death, therefore, is nothing," but I'm still not certain how to interpret the second. I'm guessing "natura animi" is nominative and genetive- "the nature of the soul," but I'm not 100% sure about this. The closest I can come up with as a translation is "Death, therefore, is nothing, since the nature of the soul is held to be mortal," but even that doesn't make a tremendous amount of sense, and the "to be" part seems like a bit of a stretch. What I'm left with, literally, is "the nature of the soul is had, or is held, mortal." Am I misconstruing this somehow? Could anyone shed some light on this?

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(no subject) [Feb. 6th, 2007|02:12 pm]
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I've been trying to make my way through Wheelocks on my own, which, on the whole hasn't been going too badly, but fairly often I'll have questions of the sort that you just can't ask the glossary section or the grammar summaries (likely it's just me being dense and missing some fairly obvious piece of grammar, but at times you do just need another pair of eyes). I've also found it particularly frustrating that there is no translations given for the Sententiae Antiquae or the Practice and Review questions within the book, so that I have no real way of knowing how much I've screwed up on my own translations from English to Latin in particular. It took me sixteen chapters before I thought of the fact that I might be able to ask questions from time to time in a place like this. So, if anyone does happen to have the time or inclination to correct a few english-to-latin translations or clear up a few points of grammar from time to time, I would be most grateful.

For example: might one translate "They feared the powerful men whose city they were ruling by force" (not a sentence that makes a whole lot of sense in English, even) as "Potens viros quoram urbem vi regebant timuerunt"?

(Also, I realize typing this that I'm not even certain how to say "Thank you" in Latin. I could say "I thank you" or "he thanked the girl," and suchlike, but not a simple thank you. Would "Gratias ago" suffice? Or perhaps Vobis gratias ago? Gratias vobis ago? Plain old Gratias?)

Thanks, in any case
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Greetings! [Jan. 16th, 2006|10:15 pm]
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Aha! What a spectacular community! Well, I suppose a short intro should do, yes? :D :D

My school doesn't offer Latin as well, as I see it doesn't for quite a few people in the community, so I have to take it through an online course. I'm currently in my second year of online Latin, and let me just say, we only learned first and second declensions in the first year. I'm a junior in high school, and realized very recently that I needed to take the SAT II for Latin in June. So, since my courses haven't touched on subjunctive mood (and I'm almost done with Latin II), I guess I'll be studying it on my own! O__O!!! Thank heaven for Wheelock's! :D
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New Member [Jun. 12th, 2005|07:43 pm]
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[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Salvete Omnes! I'm new! I'm in high school in Toronto, Canada, and Latin is not offered at my school, thus in order for me to learn one of the languages of my ansestors (I'm from Cyprus, by the way), I am using Wheelocks Latin 6th Edition to self-teach it. And also, I'm the president of my school's Classics Club and there are others with me who want to learn latin.

Since the school year is coming to an end in a week, I had to return the textbook to the school (the school has these because Latin used to be offered a while ago but it was cut because of lack of interest from the student body). However I do own copies of chapters one through four.

Any other self-learning latin students here?

So, once again, hi!
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Save Latin at this high school! [May. 11th, 2005|07:25 am]
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I took my first Latin course nearly 10 years ago and I hear my high school is currently trying to cancel a third year Latin course, so they can make room for science/math/business and other more "practical" courses. This is ridiculous. The decision will be made Friday and we need as much support as possible.

Please read more about it here:

And take the time to sign the petition here and be sure to add comments on how Latin has been important in your life / why it should be kept:

If you could spread the URL and get everyone you know to sign this, it would be much appreciated! Thanks for your support everyone!
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(no subject) [Apr. 19th, 2005|01:55 pm]
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what's the deal with the deponent verbs?

how do you form imperfect/future with 3rd and 4th conjugation deponent verbs? i'm having trouble comprehending what the connecting vowel is supposed to be and wheelock kind of just assumes that you're figure it out from the 1st and 2nd conjugation templates that he gives.

thank you in advance. i have a latin exam on thursday and it's worth 50% :S
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For all my fellow wheelock geeks out there... [Dec. 13th, 2004|06:50 pm]
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[mood |dorky]

What Latin Noun Case Are You??? by TigerBotEdge
How many times a month do you post?
Your Latin Noun CaseYou are the Nominative Case. You're common as an old shoe, but let's face it, a lifetime full of imperatives would be boring and lame.
Quiz created with MemeGen!
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(no subject) [Nov. 12th, 2004|12:39 am]
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Is it just me, or do all the 3's suck?

3rd declension, 3rd conjugation, 3rd principal part... the stuff of my nightmares.

Oh, and I'm Kat. Wheelock latin student for about a month and a half now. We just got through 3rd conjugation istems, such fun!
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