EDIT: This post for chapter 9 of the book Dē Variīs Colloquendī Fōrmulīs, which contains more than one thousand of the most common and useful conversational idioms in Latin, has been made available to the public! 😊 Share with your friends. If you would like access to the recordings for all 33 parts of this astoundingly useful series, please consider becoming a Senātōrēs Tier patron! 😃 Thanks to my patrons I am able to make the content I create for Latin and other languages. Plūrimās grātiās vōbīs referō! Vester sum manicipiō et nexū.
Salvēte, cārissimī Senātōrēs & Maecēnātiānī! 🤠 This is part 9 of a 33-part audio series for my Senātōrēs & Maecēnātiānī Tier patrons. The method is simple, while the execution will rely on your assiduous study!
Now that you have heard the wonderful locūtiōnēs from the book Vīta Nostra (see and download below if you have missed them!) you are ready for the next challege: the collection of nearly a hundred pages of idioms, proverbs, and expressions from the book Dē Variīs Latīnīs (Graecīsque) Colloquendī Fōrmulīs collected by Franciscus Morales-Ardaya, known as "Franmōrārius." I regard this collection of locutions as being, on average, one level greater in difficulty than the ones encountered in Vīta Nostra. In my opinion, these expressions even more beautifully capture the natural idiom of the Latin language. And some of them are quite challenging! But they are a terrific resource.
Attached is the PDF, which contains some errors in the spelling of the English, but almost none in the Latin or Greek. (This series will be focused only on the Latin, but a future series will teach the Greek expressions once you are intimately familiar with the Latin expressions.) You may review the sentences in Tabula Prīma by reading them if you wish first, or you may use the audio file attached only.
The audio recording presents the English phrase, then the Latin phrase. For example, you'll hear "Greetings!" Then there will be a pause of approximately 5 seconds, after which you will hear "Multam tibī salūtem impertiō!" Another pause will follow, allowing you to repeat the phrase.
Once you have heard the entire audio recording, listen to it again, and attempt to reproduce the exact Latin phrase as best as you remember when prompted by the English phrase. Pause and go back in the recording as desired to repeat sections. Listen to the audio recording many times a day.
You will find this exercise to be quite challenging! But after listening a dozen or so times, you will be able to recall many of these very lovely and very natural figures of speech. The purpose of this exercise is to move you, as a Latin speaker, beyond your comfort zone of using overly simple and plainly constructed phrases (a fault in expressive style that I am very frequently guilty of! which is why I wanted to make these recordings also for myself to use), and to enrich your conversation with these more complicated and less familiar native speaker idioms.
I believe figures of speech like these are the soul of a language, and I hope you will enjoy this journey we shall take together! My personal goal is, when prompted by any of the English phrases, to be able to produce the exact Latin phrase listed in every chapter of this book. While this ambition may be too high for some, I encourage you to bring as many of these expressions into your regular conversation as you can. Soon you'll be ready to dēambulāre down to the Forum and chat up the *ancient* Senātōrēs! ☺️
Thank you as always for your generous support! 🦂