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tarvos
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 Message 465 of 1511
08 January 2013 at 11:20pm | IP Logged 
A busy day at university, but I managed to get my daily dose of Breton in (and mangle the
future tense something awful) and I also learned Hebrew plurals (and practiced the
pronouns a bit more). Looks like Hebrew grammar is going to be more different than
difficult; there seem to be no cases and this plural thing looks deceptively easy: -a for
feminine singular (or -it), and -im for masculine plural as well as -ot for feminine
plural. Everything in -it or -a is feminine, everything else is a masculine noun (in the
base form). I am sure there are exceptions somewhere but my book does not seem to
indicate them. Yet. Hmmm.
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Solfrid Cristin
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 Message 466 of 1511
08 January 2013 at 11:37pm | IP Logged 
I guess after Russian everything seems simple :-)
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 Message 467 of 1511
08 January 2013 at 11:38pm | IP Logged 
I did study Latin for five years. In my view Latin is harder than Russian.
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 Message 468 of 1511
08 January 2013 at 11:46pm | IP Logged 
I had to do a Latin exam about a lifetime ago, and I cannot remember that it felt particularly difficult at the
time, but I guess between the familiar vocabulary due to Spanish and French, the fact that I had the German
case system fresh in my mind, which helped immensely with the cases, and that I was the only pupil so I had
a university professor all to myself for 6 months and lots and lots of time to study might have helped :-)
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 Message 469 of 1511
09 January 2013 at 12:07am | IP Logged 
That's not true...There are lots of Hebrew words that are feminine and do not end with -a or -it. You cannot
really tell if a word is NOT feminine from its singular form, although you are right that everything ending in ית-
is feminine (and ה-, as long as it sounds like "a" and not some other vowel sound). And you're right about the
plural endings, although there are many exceptions! :)

Wow, it makes Russian nouns seem so simple (but not really, what with all the declensions and whatnot ;)!


Edited by zecchino1991 on 09 January 2013 at 12:08am

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 Message 470 of 1511
09 January 2013 at 12:27am | IP Logged 
I figured it would not be so simple, well, my luck yesterday was shit anyway

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 Message 471 of 1511
09 January 2013 at 9:24am | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:
I did study Latin for five years. In my view Latin is harder than
Russian.

Russian is a living language, while Latin is a sead one. The aims and methods of learning
them are different.
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 Message 472 of 1511
09 January 2013 at 10:02am | IP Logged 
Марк wrote:
tarvos wrote:
I did study Latin for five years. In my view Latin is
harder than
Russian.

Russian is a living language, while Latin is a sead one. The aims and methods of learning
them are different.


Of course. But I find that not speaking Latin also hinders progress.


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