"Well we southeners...In the south of Sweden we use very broad diphthongs but still I have no problem to differentiate between long and short vowels. The reason I like macrons is that they help me memorize the words plus I'm very interested in…"
"Hi Jerker, here you go! You'll find all the fables with macrons here:
Let me know if you find mistakes; I'm not a big user of macrons, but I'm trying to make them available for people who do…"
"Hi Jerker! Since so many people were interested in the macrons while I actually prefer accents, a month or so ago I started doing a macron/accent blog here:
The fables from the book that I have done so far as as…"
"I'm surprised that you are surprised "to find out how many folks consider macrons essential even at the intermediate level". I consider them being a perfect mnemonic even for a beginner like me. Of course, everything is individual.…"
Jul 17, 2009
Jerker Feuk is now a member of LATIN VIA FABLES: AESOPUS
Let me know if you find mistakes; I'm not a big user of macrons, but I'm trying to make them available for people who do like them. Based on the intense commitment to macrons that I've discovered in some teachers, I'm going to publish a book next summer of "Aesop with Macrons" where I'll take these fables by Barlow, along with other fables with macrons from the old 19th-century textbooks (very good for beginners!). Even though I am not a fan of macrons, I'll do whatever I can to make Aesop useful! Plus, I do believe in macrons for poetry, and I"m finding so many amazing collections of Aesop poetry at GoogleBooks, very exciting! I will have a lot of fun assembling materials for the macron book between the poetry and the prose.:-)
Hi Jerker! Since so many people were interested in the macrons while I actually prefer accents, a month or so ago I started doing a macron/accent blog here: Ictibus Felicibus
The fables from the book that I have done so far as as follows: http://ictibus.blogspot.com/search/label/Barlow-Codrington
As you'll see, I'm trying to use various different fable sources for the blog since there is very little available online with macrons! People say they like macrons... but I guess they do not like typing them, ha ha.
However, I also need to do just one big page with ALL the fables from the book specifically and their macrons. I have the file with all the macronized fables and just need to put it up at the wiki or somewhere like that. I'll be sure to do it this month; I'm trying to wrap up lots of summer projects before school starts in August.
I'd be curious what you think about the accent marking system; I really prefer that style (it is found in many Catholic books). For American English speakers, word stress is hugely important - but vowel length is not phonemic in English (we mostly diphthongize ALL our vowels... and I'm from the south, where we diphthongize even more than the rest of the country). Probably you have a much better sense of long and short vowels than I do. It is something difficult (impossible) for American English speakers. :-)
Yes indeed! The reason I learned Latin to begin with was to read the Latin poetry of Poland's great Renaissance poet, Jan Kochanowski! Here are the Carmina of Kochanowski at GoogleBooks: I am AMAZED by what is available at GoogleBooks these days. :-)
Ah, the margins of things!!! The main language I studied in school was Polish, and the very first bit of written Polish in existence is a comment that one monk (presumably) wrote to another, like passing notes in school, in the margins of a Latin manuscript! :-)
Thanks for the tip about the Amazon.uk site - I will definitely check with the publisher about that. I think they do list their books there, but perhaps it is still too new. I really appreciate the info!
I do hope the materials will be useful to you! If you have done Celtic languages, Latin will be easy for you: I had a friend doing Welsh in college and that sounded REALLY hard.
And yes, isn't Laudator Temporis Acti a delight? It's one of the few blogs I always read. For all the probably millions of blogs out there on the Internet, Michael's blog definitely deserves the label "unique"!