Sunday, January 24, 2010
Latin Noun Endings
A little while ago, I decided I wanted to rejuvenate my Latin studies. I took three years of it in high school, but I was never very good at it... my grades were A's the first year, B's the second, and C's the third... because I never really got my basics locked down, and so the farther I got, the more I was behind. At the time, I had real disdain for memorization. This was mostly snobbery on my part -- I felt like if it had to be memorized, it wasn't worth knowing. Fortunately for me, I've grown up, and I now have proper respect for the value of memorization. And so, I'm trying out the Dowling Method for learning Latin. It involves intense memorization, followed by immersion in all-Latin texts. This blog entry marks my completion of memorizing the noun endings -- I wrote them, from memory, 200 times. It took me months. I really do feel like I have all five declensions locked down now. The next task is to do the same with the adjectives, and then verbs. Wish me luck!