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Learning Latin

How things didn't go as expected

movigo 2020.04.11 19:52 조회 수 : 21

https://www.clc.cambridgescp.com/online-textbooks

  This is where I learn Latin. I started learning about half a year ago because Duolingo's Arabic course sucked and there seemed to be no matierial for learning Classical Greek. English speakers always complained that Latin is so difficult but on the contrary, speakers of my language said that it's paradise compared to English (by the way, English is NOT easy. Any language takes years of time and effort to master. If you're a monolingual English speaker, next time you see any foreigner speaking good English, compliment them. They'll treat you like king or queen).

  I attempted that natural language acquisition thing on CLC. That was my mistake because CLC was not made for that. Sure, it's a lot more fun than other language learning material thanks to it's story, but the story tells you little about using the language. There's just not enough text to figure out the complete declension and conjugation paradigms, which is why I first thought there were just three conjugations in Latin. Later did I realize that the last conjugation was actually three conjugations(3rd, 3rd-i, 4th). I really wanted to quit at that point.

  The last part of CLC Book 1 was even more painful. It introduced me to the 1st and 2nd person plural conjugations of the indicative present, perfect, and imperfect tenses. It means that I had to memorize 30 endings in a single part.

  But at least the conjugations had little variation. I somehow managed to somewhat memorize them. But the declensions were more painful. People always say that the conjugations are a nightmare. I wonder why they don't talk about the intimidating declensions. There seemed to be endless declensions, and unlike conjugations, there were very little similarities between each one of them.

  I gave up on trying to list or memorize all of them and decided to depend on my intuition. I somehow survived through Book 2 but found out that Book 3 has no charts in it's dictionary.

  So I'm back to Book 1 and I'm still confused by the 3rd, 3rd-i, and 4th conjugations and the endless declensions.

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