Thursday, September 22, 2016

Quiz 1st & 2nd Conjugations, 23 Sept 2016

Latin I NOMEN:___________________________
Magister Milliken
Quiz: 1st & 2nd conjugation DATUM:___________________________

This quiz involves conjugating verbs of the 1st and 2nd conjugations, and also stating you name in Latin.

Conjugating Verbs: Remember that we identify the conjugation to which each verb belongs by looking at the infinitive (the 2nd principal part): 1st conjugation verbs have -āre in the infinitive, 2nd conjugation verbs have -ēre.  

The present tense endings for all regular verbs are:

Singular Plural

1st person -o  (“I . . .”) -mus (“we . . .”)

2nd person -s (“you . . .”) -tis (“you . . .”)

3rd person -t (“he, she, it . . .”) -nt (“they . . .”)

Verbs of the 1st conjugation have -a- in front of these endings (not including the 1st person singular), 2nd conjugation verbs have -e-, as in the examples below:

voco, vocāre - “call”

1st person voco  (“I call”) vocamus (“we call”)

2nd person vocas (“you call”) vocatis (“you call”)

3rd person vocat (“he, she, it calls”) vocant (“they call”)

habeo, habēre - “have”

1st person habeo  (“I have”) habemus (“we have”)

2nd person habes (“you have”) habetis (“you have”)

3rd person habet (“he, she, it have”) habent (“they have”)

For the “Speaking Latin” portion of the quiz:

If someone asks you, Quod nomen est tibi, “What is your name?”

You answer, Mihi nomen est (your name).

For instance, I would answer Mihi nomen est Magister Milliken

Friday, September 2, 2016

Why Study Latin?

At Cheverus we don’t study Latin just as the language of the Roman Empire 2,000 years ago.  We also recognize Latin as a living part of the Catholic Church, Western Culture, and the English Language right up until the present day.  

The brief video below gives a nice summary of some of the reasons and benefits for studying Latin.  I have separately posted the chart of SAT scores below the video, and also  a coupled more in-depth discussions: Top 10 Reasons for Studying Latin by Cheryl Lowe of Memoria Press, and Some Leading Benefits of Latin (and Classical) Studies from St. Louis University.

A chart showing SAT scores from 2011-2012 and other academic information

Top 10 Reasons for Studying Latin” by Cheryl Lowe