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  1. Is there a website where you can type the word and then get an audio pronunciation? Immensely enjoying your website. I am a senior (I do mean senior – when the dinosaurs walked the earth) Latin beginner. Have always wanted to learn Latin and now taking an online course. Now retired and never had time to do it when I practiced medicine. I am utterly engrossed by it. Thank you

    1. Hi Robert, it’s great to hear that you are enjoying my website! Unfortunately I don’t know of a website with that kind of audio function. But if you go to my post on “How To Pronounce Latin” and then scroll down to the bottom, I have a section called “Examples of Latin Pronunciation.” This links to some audio resources. You can’t type in any word you want, but you can hear the pronunciation of some common words and/or listen to short Latin texts. Hmm, if I could figure out the tech side maybe I could make the resource you have in mind – something to think about for the future.

  2. Thank you very much! Very helpful.
    Couple of questions:

    1. Are “vowels long by POSITION” actually pronounced “twice as long” as “short” vowels?

    2. You say above: “mo in admoneō” contains a short vowel that is not followed by two consonants. That’s why this syllable is short and cannot take the stress.

    Do you mean “ne in admoneō” contains a short vowel (and so on)?
    The stress IS on the “mo” (even though it’s short), since it CANNOT be on the short “ne” — right?

    CHEERS! Patrick.

    1. Hi Patrick, I’m glad the post was helpful!

      1. First, the vowels themselves are not long by position, but rather the SYLLABLES are long by position. So a short vowel followed by two consonants is still short (and pronounced accordingly). But the SYLLABLE is long; this is because it ends with a consonant and thus takes longer to say. The length of the short vowel + consonant(s) is roughly equivalent to the length of a naturally long syllable.

      2. Oops, that was a typo. Yes, the stress is on the “mo”! Thanks for pointing this out – I have corrected the post.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

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