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Romance languages' vocabulary is already similar to Latin, since they all evolved from Vulgar Latin, but Latin's grammar is quite different and more complex with all of its cases and conjugations. Therefore, the main thing you need to do is learn Latin grammar. The Dowling Method is a famous way to do this. If you already fluently speak/read so many Romance ...


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The main advantage of learning Latin before Romance languages such as French or Spanish are based on similarities between Latin and those languages: A lot of vocabulary in the Romance languages can be traced back to Latin, so it should be easier to learn part of the vocabulary than for people who have never learnt Latin or another Romance language. There ...


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The four major "latin" languages lie on a continuum, with French and Spanish being the most different. Italian and Portuguese are most like Latin, but Italian is closer to French, and Portuguese is closer to Spanish. This happened for geographical and historical reasons; Portugal borders on Spain, and France and Italy are neighbors (France and Spain less so, ...


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Verbs For the verbs, you don't need to learn the conjugation of every single verb individually. Latin has four basic verb conjugations: First conjugation: model verb: amāre. Second conjugation: model verb: tenēre. Third conjugation: model verb: dīcere. Fourth conjugation: model verb: audīre. You learn these four conjugations by learning all the tenses ...


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Medieval Latin is not a very well defined language. It is basically somewhat successful attempt at keeping Latin alive for official and liturgical purposes in the Catholic Church. Since most of their source documents were already written in Latin or translated into Latin during Roman Empire era, they decided to keep it even when the country got conquered by ...


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AML raises a very important point about Vulgar Latin, which generally wasn't written but was the source of most Romance languages. Basically, there was Classical Latin for writing and then Vulgar Latin that people used day-to-day, a bit like how MSA is used for Arabic newspapers but speak Egyptian or Moroccan etc Arabic more generally. Formal, Classical ...


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For Latin, there is a book called "Lingua Latina: Per Se Illustrata" (abbreviated as LLPSI) which takes an interesting approach on this. I think this is an approach worth looking into, but there are not many books out there that do something similar: LLPSI uses exclusively Latin from the first page, and the sentences become gradually more complex both ...


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Learn medieval Latin is an online resource created by The National Archives in the UK. The description on the homepage says, This step-by-step beginners’ guide to medieval Latin, created by our experts, will help you gain the necessary skills to read documents from this period. Mittellateinisches Glossar by Edwin Habel and Friedrich Gröbel (Schöningh, ...


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Usually you learn any language by listening, speaking, reading, writing. Also wanted to highlight that sanskrit is not a dead language. By dead language, I assume that it is nobody really uses it actively. I don't know about latin and other languages, but sanskrit is very much alive. The patronage decreased, but it seems to be making a comeback again. ...


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