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What did Latin sound like in the time of Christ?

J-P Mauro - published on 06/06/17

NativLang makes animated videos to explain linguistic history.

Have you ever wondered how we know the proper pronunciation of Latin words? Apparently, it turns out we may not. NativLang is a Youtube channel that makes animated videos to teach about the history of languages. They have covered many ancient languages from Aztec to Greek, as well as an interesting video on the development of rhyme. Now, they have examined some evidence that suggested we may not be speaking the same Latin that ancient Rome did.

The change slowly developed over thousands of years. Fascinatingly, it seems the ancient world developed slang in speech and writing just as we have. A few dropped consonants at the beginning of words helped pronunciation slowly unravel. We are sure this was also helped by Latin’s descent from its place as a primary language.


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