Monday, May 22, 2006

Concordia Res Parvae Crescunt

Don't be impressed, this was just the motto of my high school (means something like, "In harmony, small things grow").

Some first impressions after Latin class #1:

You don't just have to conjugate the verbs, you kinda have to conjugate the nouns too!

It seems you can put the words in whatever order you like.

Thank God I've already studied French and Spanish, or I'd really be overwhelmed!

After class, I finished my ministry of writing article (while eating pizza at Bertucci's), so one writing project down!

12 Comments:

Blogger Tommy B. Stoffel Jr. said...

And then there is my favorite Latin phrase;

TOTUM BONUM HOMO
(its all good man)

4:07 AM  
Blogger ShadowMayhem said...

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8:49 AM  
Blogger ShadowMayhem said...

Semper Ubi Sub Ubi

8:50 AM  
Blogger ShadowMayhem said...

Ubi Ubi Sub Ubi

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Bridget said...

Well, it could be worse--it could be a different alphabet, or require you change the pitch of your voice for each word (cursed Greek.) But persevere! The declensions get much easier in time.

(Speaking of time: when does Weston publish information about fall courses? Having taken care of Cambridge housing, I've now got nothing to obsess over...)

10:03 AM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...

Bridget,

They published the tentative course listings for Fall and Spring yesterday.

If you write me with your e-mail address, I can send them to you as an attachment.

12:53 PM  
Blogger angelmeg said...

The scariest thing about post masters study for me will be acquiring any language.

Everywhere I have looked requires at least French and German and Latin, someplaces add Hebrew and Greek.

There are times when I think maybe I am just too old. Either that or I need to get started.

Maggie

7:46 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Ah, Latin.

Brings me back to my youth in Fr. Justin's class, where I absorbed knowledge at a rate of one declension per smack.

In those days, our books were passed on from year to year, so you even though you weren't allowed to write on them, sometimes you discovered a little extra help or some comment.

My fave was: "Latin is a dead language/It's dead as it can be/First it killed the Romans/Now it's killing me."

Latin class also had the unique advantage of preparing me to laugh at the "grafitti scene" in Monty Python's Life of Brian, when everyone else was sorta "me" about it. But I digress.

My favorite Latin phrase: "De nobis fabula narratur."

Break a leg!

AMDG,

-J.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As every Jesuit should know, nouns are not conjugated, they are declined.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...

Anonymous-

How do you say "I hate smartasses" in Latin?

12:51 AM  
Blogger ShadowMayhem said...

Ego contemno smart censeo

using an online translator

10:28 AM  
Blogger Kenny said...

AS a Fordham CLC 93 Alumni, I find it interesting that you mention that is your high school motto. It's also on the cover of my 89 Xaverian HS yearbook.

3:12 PM  

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