In answer to Laura Gibbs' request for Latin manifestos:
Why I read Latin out loud
- Because hearing something, even when I'm doing the speaking myself, makes it much easier to internalise and learn than when I'm just seeing the printed words on the page.
- Because reading out loud is the only way I can think of to make sure I really know where the stress, at least, should go in any word in any given oblique case, never mind the vowel quantities.
- Because, when it comes to poetry, not reading it out loud is like reading a musical score rather than listening to the music.
- Because Latin is a language, dammit, and it dies if it isn't spoken just as music dies if it isn't played.