Heather in Neverland Posted February 27, 2008 Share Posted February 27, 2008 Once upon a time I read this article somewhere that mentioned there are ___ amount of steps to translating a Latin sentence but I can't remember where I saw it. I found myself looking for it because we are doing LCII this year and ds does well with it but sometimes misses steps in translating (and I am learning along with him). So today, while working on translation, I attempted to make my own list (don't laugh!). Keep in mind that we are only translating very simple sentences right now and I know that my list is not complete...I will have to add to it as our sentences get tougher. Also, we do a lot of grammar study through Latin so there are several English "grammar" questions in there. I just need some kind of "checklist" I guess so that neither he nor I miss any steps until we get really good at it. So if you don't mind, tell me what you think, what I might have missed or made a mistake with etc. Thanks! Example sentence: The student carries a small tablet. 1. What is the subject of the sentence? Student 2. How do you say that in Latin? Discipulus, i 3. What declension is that? 2nd declension masculine 4. What case is the subject of the sentence? nominative 5. How is that word declined in that case? Discipulus, discipuli 6. Is the subject singular or plural? Singular 7. Which form of the nominative case do you need? Discipulus 8. What is the verb of the sentence? Carries (I carry) 9. How do you say that in Latin? Porto 10. What conjugation is it? First conjugation 11. What ending does it need to match the subject? â€“t 12. How should the verb look in this sentence? Portat 13. Where do you place the verb? At the end of the sentence 14. Are there any direct objects? Yes 15. What is it? Tablet 16. How do you say it in Latin? Tabella 17. What declension is it? First declension feminine 18. What case is the direct object? Accusative 19. How is that word declined in that case? Tabellam, Tabellas 20. Is it singular or plural? Singular 21. Which one should you choose? Tabellam 22. Are there any adjectives? Yes 23. What are they? Small 24. What noun do they modify? Tablet 25. How do you say the adjective in Latin? Parvum 26. How should you decline it to make it agree with tablet? Parvam 27. Should it go before or after the noun? Before 28. Why? It is an adjective of quantity. 29. How should the translated sentence read? Discipulus parvam tabellam portat. Also, one more question...in LCII it states that adjectives of quantity and size come before the noun and adjectives of quality come after the noun so that's what we did. But in the answer key it has "parvam" AFTER "tabellam". Anyone know why? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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