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Also the fact that we do not know how things were pronounced positively, which seems to be a very textural intuitive part of learning a language.
what do the non-specialists enjoy (or not) about Latin? What do they take away from it?
I'm taking Latin at my high school now. It is my second year of Latin, and I am gradually disliking it more and more. But, that could be the teacher. We use the Cambridge Latin Course for our textbook, and I think it's extraordinarily funny at points. What textbooks do others use/are there other Cambridge Latiners?
@drwholove I find the instructor has a huge influence on how interesting Latin can be. I had one Latin professor for two years who was extremely knowledgeable in the subject, but was a dreadful bore and it made doing the work that much more tedious. Especially after having a really engaging prof the year before!And I am a Wheelock's Latin devotee myself. I haven't heard much about the Cambridge textbook though, to be honest.
And that's mostly what my question is about - what do the non-specialists enjoy (or not) about Latin? What do they take away from it?
@radianttoe You forgot: "Matella est mater"...!!