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Gurney LY1 Final Portfolio
Transcript of Gurney LY1 Final Portfolio
Brandon "Leroy" Gurney
I chose this translation to represent my abilities and effort because I enjoyed translating it and I tried very hard to make sure the translation was correct. The translation had new verb endings for the imperfect and perfect that I hadn't seen yet. I didn't understand what the new endings were and I was very confused until I asked a friend what the words meant. He was able to help me and told me that they were new endings and he told me what the endings meant. After he told me what they were I was able to translate the story. I learned, because of this translation, that it is okay to ask for help. After this translation I asked for help when I needed it and so I finished the stages faster.
Now the clouds were black was coming down to the ground; now the ash was falling very thickly. Most Pompeians were now despairing about their city. Many were dying. Clemens however was not despairing, but stubbornly head for the house, because he was looking for Caecilius. At last he arrived at the house. He looked at the ruins anxiously. The whole house was on fire. Clemens saw smoke everywhere. However he hurried bravely through the ruins and called his master. Caecilius however did not respond. Suddenly the dog barked. The servant entered the study, where the dog was. Cerberus was guarding his master.
Caecilius was resting almost dead in the study. The walls were half-collapsed on him and he was almost hidden. Clemens gave the master wine. Caecilius, after drinking the wine, slowly recovered.
"What happened, master?" asked Clemens.
"I came to the house," said Caecilius. "I did not see Metella! I did not see Quintus! The house was deserted. Then I was hurrying to the study. Suddenly the ground shook and the walls fell on me. You are a loyal slave. Go away! I order you. I despair about my life. Metella and Quintus have died. Now I also am going to die."
Clemens refused. He stubbornly stayed in the study. Caecilius shouted again:
"Clemens, go away! I order you. Perhaps Quintus has survived. Look for Quintus! Give this ring to Quintus!"
Caecilius, after he gave the ring to Clemens, suddenly died. Clemens sadly said good-bye to his master and descended out of the house.
Cerberus however stayed in the house. He guarded his master in vain.
Difficult Grammatical Topic
A grammatical topic that I had trouble with was the dative case endings. The new noun endings for the dative case threw me off and I had difficulty remembering them. I often mixed up the endings or forgot them too. I did successfully learn the dative case endings, but it took some time. In order for me to memorize the new endings every class I had to fill out the noun charts. It also helped me in memorizing the nominative and accusative endings.
The second video
The first video
The first video that I made I was fumbling along and I had no idea what I was saying. In the second video I knew most of what I was saying there were a few words that I didn't know. I also knew the answers to the questions in the first video I was guessing and I got none of the questions right. I didn't know how to pronounce the words that I was saying either. Overall the first video was a complete disaster, I had absolutely no idea what I was reading because I knew nothing about Latin. The second video I knew most of the words the words that I didn't know were in Stage 14 which I didn't complete. I did much better on the second video which is what I expected to happen.
The second video cont.
Progress with English
Latin class has also helped me to improve my english vocabulary. An example of my progress is the Word Study for Stage 11. In Stage 11 Word Study there were words in English that I didn't know but because of Latin I was able to figure out more or less what they were. I couldn't say the dictionary definition but I could at least say what the definition of the word was. I could say what the word was. For example rapacious I guessed meant something about grabbing because rapit, which is a latin word, means to grab. The dictionary definition is, given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed. Which is close to what I thought it would be. Seizing and grabbing mean the same thing, the only thing I didn't know was that it was because of greed.
Stage 11 Word Study answers
1 mural 2 stultify 3 utilitarian 4 placate 5 solicitous 6 rapacious
7 liberal 8 reverberate
1 credible 2 genteel 3 incredulous 4 valor 5 surreptitious
1 vir 2 convenit 3 vale 4 credit 5 legit 6 placet 7 rapit 8 primus
The first culture unit that I am proud of is the Stage 7 culture reflection. I am proud of it because it was one of the first reflections that I did. I am also proud of it not because of the length of it but because I actually found the culture interesting in Stage 7. The culture was about cemeteries and how they bury their dead. I found this interesting because they have things in common with how we bury our dead, except their beliefs are different than outs. They believed that the dead continued the activities of life and so they were buried with their tools.
The second culture reflection that I am proud of is the Stage 13 culture reflections because it was the last reflection that I did. This reflection surprised me. The culture was about the other countries and the people surrounding them. The people that weren't Roman were weird to them. I am proud of this reflection because this reflection was much better than the others because I learned how to best reflect the culture section. In this reflection I put in the most important parts not just the interesting ones. I also summarized the long and important parts instead of just cramming it into a long, boring reflection.
My last reflection
In Latin this year I didn't struggle with many concepts. One of the setbacks that I had this year was because of me, I kept on procrastinating taking the assessments and so I fell behind. Another setback that I had was with the dative case. It took me a while to understand them and I constantly had to fill out the noun charts and I couldn't move on until I got the dative case down. Another problem I had was in Stage 13, as I said on the reflection for Stage 13, I had trouble with the -volo, -nolo, -possum endings. I kept on getting them mixed up. Other than these topics I didn't have trouble with anything else. I am very proud of the Stages 11 and 12 assessment because I got mastery on it, it was one of my successes this year. Another triumph that I had this year was how fast I completed stages 11-13, I procrastinated a lot during the year and as a result I had to finish stages 11-13 in two weeks. I had to work very hard in order to complete these stages. I learned about myself that I can work very hard and fast when I need to but I usually procrastinate until the very last moment and I have to work hard and fast to complete it.
I feel like in a way I am helping bring back this "dead" language and I am connecting to the Romans. I also can look around and see things that remind me of the Romans way of life I can relate to what they went through.