Monday, June 30, 2008

Round-Up: June 30

Here is a round-up of today's blog posts - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. You can keep up with the latest posts by using the RSS feed, or you might prefer to subscribe by email.

Learning Latin Links. The link for today is Latinum - the Latin Learning podcast from London (Evan Millner's fantastic online Latin course with complete audio).

Verbosum: Latin and English Vocabulary-Building. The Latin word root for today is PO and BIB, which gives rise to all sorts of English words, including potion and beer. If you are not clear on how PO and BIB can be the "same" root, definitely check out this post (think: reduplication... voicing... and there you'll have it!).

Latin Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Innocentia eloquentia (English: Innocence is eloquence; in other words: innocence speaks for itself). You can use the Javascript to include the Latin proverb of the day automatically each day on your webpage, blog, or wiki. Meanwhile, to read a brief essay about this proverb, visit the website.

Greek Proverb of the Day: Today's proverb is Τὰς δεσποίνας αἱ κύνες μιμούμεναι (English: Dogs resemble their owners - or, with the gender matching the Greek - bitches resemble their mistresses). You can use the Javascript to include the Greek proverb of the day automatically each day on your webpage, blog, or wiki - and each Greek proverb also comes with a Latin version. I'm working away on the online guide to Latin Via Proverbs, with grammar notes and English translations, working through the book group by group. Today's group includes this great saying about knowledge and learning: Omnia scire volunt omnes sed discere nolunt. For your numerical amusement, it's Sudoku played with Roman numerals! You can visit the blog for a large version of today's puzzle, easier to print out and play.

How-To Technology Tips. Today's technology tip is about - a wonderful tool for tracking down great online resources.

Latin Via Fables: At the blog today I've provided a sample fable from a great old textbook which contains fables from LaFontaine in Latin prose! The fable I chose is the story of the fox and the grapes, which is the ancient source of a saying still famous today: Sour grapes! Here is the illustration:

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