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Latin Year 2 Final Portfolio
Transcript of Latin Year 2 Final Portfolio
Latin Year Two Final Portfolio
Fourth and Fifth Declension
For my grammar topic I have chosen to discuss the Fourth and Fifth Declensions. While learning these declensions I surprised my self. In the stage before we were formally introduced to them there was a noun I had to translate but could not figure out the declension of. I then checked the back of the book and discovered, without the help of the tutor or the book introducing it as fourth declension, that it was indeed fourth declension. I also enjoy these two declensions for they are very similar. They match each other in nearly all ways other than vowel.
Just the other day I realized how much I
have truly learned from the past two years of
Latin. I was writing an essay for English class and
wracking my brain for a good word to express what
I was trying to convey. Suddenly the word "tumultus"
popped into my head. It was ridiculous at first, it's not
like I can use a Latin word in my English essay. Then
I thought of the word studies in the book. I
began thinking of derivatives after
that. Then as sure as I have been that I was
crazy I thought of the perfect word, tumultuous. While tumultus means uproar,
tumultuous has the same meaning.
It was in that moment I realized, whether
or not I continue with Latin, it
will be an effective tool
in all writing I do.
Compare and Contrast Final
A major change I immediately noticed between my final from the beginning of the year and the end of the year was confidence. Reading aloud the Latin at the end of the year I was more sure of my pronunciation of the words.
Something else I noticed, though I still have yet to learn subjunctive, at this point I can now identify verbs, while the words I chose now might now have been subjunctive, they most certainly were verbs.
What I have learned from Self Paced Latin and what I connect with.
I usually dined with Barbillius. One day Barbillius showed me his gems. I was astonished seeing the jewels, because they were large and splendid. Barbillius bought these jewels from an Arab merchant. The merchant told a wonderful story about this.
The merchant was only on who crossed Arabia with the most precious merchandise. The merchandise was silk robes, and ivory tusks. He lived where many slaves guarded him. Suddenly robbers, who were prepared for an ambush, ferociously attacked. The merchant's slaves fiercely resisted the robbers, but the robbers overpowered the slaves, at last. Then the robbers, with the slaves and with the merchant's merchandise, escaped. They left the merchant unconscious.
However, he was not dead. Soon he regained consciousness. He was alone in the desert, without water, without slaves. He was nearly despairing for his life. Suddenly a terrible monster appeared in the sky; it's wings were as long as an oar, it's claws were bigger than spears. In the monster's head there were eyes, which emitted flames. The monster headed straight for the merchant. The merchant, after he saw the monster descending, he fell to the ground unconscious.
When he regained consciousness, he anxiously looked around. Again he despaired for his life, because he was lying in the giant nest. The nest clung to a steep mountain. In the monster's nest the merchant saw piles of shinning stones.
"Now I can understand the thing," the merchant said to himself. "This monster, like a magpie this monster usually collects shiny things. The monster attacked me because of my shiny belt."
After expecting the stone, happily to himself, "Hercules!' said. "Fortune favors the strong!" He quickly put none(?) of the jewels in his bag. Then after, he stepped on the pile of gems. The monster soon returned with gems on his wings, and sat in the nest.
After night came, the bold merchant approached the sleeping monster, and climbed on it's back. He stayed on the monster's back through the whole night. In the morning this monster with the merchant, who even now still lay on the back, flew. How lucky was the merchant! At last the monster arrived at the sea, where the boats were. The merchant, after seeing the boats, let go of the monster's back. He fell in the waves of the sea near the boats. This merchant was saved by fortune.
I consider Arab Merchant my best translation of the
year because of the time I took to translate it. For every sentence I checked and rechecked the verbs and nouns, tenses and case, until I was satisfied with the story and it made sense.
I felt confident while translating this story and I think it displays what I have accomplished in Latin Year Two. While translating this story I struggled, which happened a lot for Latin this year, but I over came it to complete the story.
Double the Culture
This project, was by far my favorite
part of Latin Two and most likely the most
educational. The research behind this project was enthralling and I loved every moment of it. My best cultural post was my discussion behind this project. It displays the passion for learning, of which I am so proud of. One of the most interesting parts of this project was just learning the schematics of Pompeian government. Looking over my cultural post on the project I am not only surprised, but intensely pleased, by the thought I put into, which I remember putting into my project. Reading through what I wrote I also remember the presenting of the speeches, from all the research I
put into the project I had the ability to know
whether or not other's facts were true.
This culture section pleases me and is
one of my best because it
King Tiberius Claudius Cogidubnus
King Cogidubnus, the topic of my other good
culture post, interested me from the start. As I
began to read up to him I developed more of an
interest than what was simply provided by the book. As a self diagnosed anglophile I was intrigued by the early history of England, which Cogidubnus was part of. I consider this one of my best cultural posts because it isn't exaggeration and me just rambling on, it's the straight on information about Cogidubnus. Everything in this cultural section is fact not opinion, and I found that important when relying what information could
be found on the King. It differed from my Election
post because while that was creation, this was
research about a man who once lived and
who once ruled Sussex, England.
Last year when I was beginning Latin class I
believed that Self Paced was a brilliant idea. I still
do, or at least I think the concept is good. But then I
realized that I was behind where I wanted to be, having not
had a chance to move forward over the summer. This
immediate set back caused more problems as I tried to move forward. When I reached the 15/16 assessment I got totally stuck.
Being taught only by a book and videos does not give me the information needed to do well in a language class. Languages are, in all ways, social learning. It is natural to learn language through interaction, which is something that the Self Paced setting neglects to have. I did not know what I needed to more forward, I did not know how to ask, and the book was not relying the information I needed. On top of that, the book does not repeat lessons in the way that a standard classroom does. Due to this,
one something was read, it was easily forgotten. If the
resources were more closely connected to the
requirements for the tests there would be less of
an obstacle because heading into a test the
information would already be known.
I'd rather lean language with people,
To be honest I'm not so sure how Latin is
connected to my life. But I think the biggest way it
is related to who I am is my future. It's interesting I
connect something so long gone to something that hasn't
happened but it's how I see it. The career path I'm interested
in is anthropology, the study of people. No matter what part
of anthropology I find myself, it will connect to Latin. If I
become a forensic anthropologist then I'll need to know the
name of bones of the body, all which derive from Latin. If I
become an archeologist, something I've always been interested
in I could be going to excavations in Pompeii or Rome, and
handle relics from ancient Rome. If I become a cultural
anthropologist then I might spend my life studying the
Roman society. So at this point in my life I might be
leaving Latin behind, but it will resurface
in my life again. That is how Latin effects
me, it is the basis of my future.