More Beginner's Tips...

09/03/08

Permalink 03:04:31 pm, by Chris Jones Email , 164 words, 1519 views   English (US)
Categories: Vocabulary and Grammar, Education

More Beginner's Tips...

…to follow up on a previous post…a few tips I’ve picked up from students who struggled to remember all the bits of Latin foorm and syntax. Here are two of my favorites:

  • Verbs form the subjunctive in the present tense via vowel chage, e.g. amat - “He loves” (indicative) becaomes laudetamet - “let him love” (subjunctive). To remember the vowel changes, just remember the phrase “She wears a diamond tiara.” The bolded vowels match the subjunctive vowel changes for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd -io type, and 4th conjugations.
  • Look at the present indicative active of the 3rd conjugation verb mitto:

    mitto
    mittis
    mittit
    mittimus
    mittitis
    mittunt

    A student once remarked to me that the bolded vowels in these stacked forms look like a fishing bobber with a line descending to the fishhook “u", a reminder that you shouldn’t get “caught” by the vowel change in the 3rd person plural.

Yes, that last one is silly, but I’ll bet you never forget it now…

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