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As you begin your study of Latin, remember
that it did not merely consist of written texts to be silently
read (in fact, the Romans themselves nearly always read
aloud!), but it was for centuries a spoken language--a language
learned and spoken not only by famous orators, poets, and
politicians, but by Roman boys and girls, in fact, just
as your own native language was acquired and spoken by you
in your childhood. You should apply all four language learning
skills in your study every day, listening and speaking as
well as reading and writing; always pronounce paradigms
and vocabulary items aloud, and most especially read
aloud every Latin sentence or passage you encounter;
and always read for comprehension, before attempting
a translation into English.
||Tam bene quam potestis semper linguam Latīnam
prōnūntiāte, discipulī et discipulae!
"Always, students, speak/PRONOUNCE Latin
as well as you can!"