What Latin Sounded Like - and how we know

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Classical Latin went extinct, yet we still know how to pronounce it. Proof!

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Take a trip with me back to Catholic school, then back even further to old Rome. We'll see what Latin pronunciation did - and did NOT - sound like in the mouths of the Romans. Thanks to ancient authors and modern Romance languages, we'll even glimpse a range of evidence for the speech of Caesar and pauper alike!


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Art and animation by Josh from NativLang

Music by me: closing piece, soundtrack bits from Thoth's Pill, Hispania guitar.

Path of the Goblin King v2, Sneaky Snooper, Chee Zee Jungle, Virtutes Instrumenti, The Show Must Be Go

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💬 Comments on the video

you should have said a few sentences in the real latin.

Author — Baltori Xervo


"Latin pronunciations were so odd"
Me and my celtic heritage: *laughs in gaelic*

Author — Jack Clark


No jokes about Ánus, Anus and Annus in the comment section? I'm disappoint, Internet!

Author — Christian Habermann


Let's make this simple for you: Latin changed over time and so did its sounds. Most important thing to remember? The letter "C" sounded like a "K" and the letter "V" sounded like a "W" until late antiquity and forward, when the "C" became a "CH" and the "V" became a "V." The only other one that maybe matters is that "AE" was pronounced as both and then became "E".

You're welcome.

Author — Vaipercoatl Ilhuicamina


why learn latin:

you can roast people in latin and they won't know

Author — Jules Dauphin


No wonder I couldn’t summon the demons. I was pronouncing the words wrong.

Author — C ARY


What this video sounds like to laymen like me: ""If you have 4 pencils and I have 7 apples, how many pancakes would fit on the roof? Purple, because aliens don't wear hats."

Author — Lilith Aram


I am Chinese and Caesar is exactly pronounced "Kaisa" 凯撒 in Chinese. Ancient Chinese were very serious about translating foreign words into Chinese words. They always picked the Chinese words having the most similar pronunciation to how the foreign words originally sounded. Such examples: Paris - Bali 巴黎, Jesus - Yesu 耶稣, John -

Author — Long Bow


In Poland we study Alcocholism and building, and also how to get a visa.

Author — Beniu HDMI


How close did the word "Cesar" sound to the German word "Kaiser" which means emperor?

Author — Green Red


People in the 41st century: "How do we pronounce this ancient language called English?"

Author — Adt_10 Terrarian


Nativlang linguistic journey started : How latin evoloved into Romance languages
My linguistic journey started : How Proto-Indo-European evolved into today's Indo-European languages

🤣 So similar

Author — ToxicDMG


In Italy, if you do a high school (Called "Liceo"), you are obliged to learn Latin. Both grammar and literature. And it's very difficult.
Latin has different pronunciations, a more recent one and an older one. Both can be used and are correct.
My favorite sentence in Latin is: "Fabrum esse suae quemque fortunae."
Edit per gli italiani: io faccio lo scienze umane, e mi tengo il latino fino alla quinta. Dipende quindi se il vostro liceo ha scelto di insegnare o meno il latino.

Author — Kristina Sozonova Gotti


Came to here to listen to what real Latin sounded like.

Got a linguistics lesson and one short Latin phrase only. :(

Author — Lisa Zoria


I'm from catholic school in Japan.I'm practicing "Credo" in order to sing Mozart's Credo and I studied all the words in that song.I found them interesting because I had been learning English and French. Someday I want to study more Latin.

Author — ゆーな


In Italy we study Latin and ancient Greek

Author — vesiele gen


2:17 Why do I hear the same wrong thing in all three versions?

Author — Lemonade Juice


I speak Klingon, with a slight eastern polar accent.

Author — Colin h


Now, I've put the like, but I really didn't hear how latin sounded like... :(

Author — Marco Maltese


Honestly this was way too much for my brain. I’m off for a nap.

Author — Gabriel Moore