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We interrupt the affairs of the day for a trip to the attic, and a look back at the teaching methods of Sister Anna Roberta, CSJ, of blessed memory, who made every class a sing-along.  Those of you who were never exposed to this may find it astonishing and perhaps incomprehensible, but Omicron Delta alumni will, I suspect, hum along joyfully.  Herewith, the Latin I song:

To the Tune of the MARTINS AND THE COYS

1. Now in Latin there are only five declensions
All the endings you must memorize and say:
"a" is for the NOMIN-A-TIVE.  "ae" GENITIVE AND DATIVE
"am" ACCUSATIVE. The ABLATIVE long "a".

Chorus:
Start with
a-ae-ae-am-a.......then ae - arum - is - as - is
And repeat the first declension every day:
"a" is for the NOMIN-A-TIVE, "ae'' GENITIVE and DATIVE
"am" ACCUSATIVE,The ABLATIVE long "a".

2. Now the second one is very very simple:
us - i - o - um --o.......i - orum - is - os - is
And the neuter starts with bellum - belli - bello - bellum - bello
Plural: a- orum - is -a -is.  

Chorus :
Start with:
us-i-o-um-o. Then i - orum - is - os - is.
It is masculine. Remember five apiece.
And the neuter starts with bellum - belli - bello - bellum - bello
Plural a- orum - is –a- is.

3. You will find that when you come to third declension
Nouns'll end in l....and . . . .r....and....s....and....x
Dux and ducis duci ducem duce.......lucis, luci lucem luce
CONSUL...... IMPERATOR..... MILES.... REX.

Chorus:
Start with:  
blank -is -i -em -e.  Third declension for today
es - um - ibus - es - ibus. Say it next:
dux and ducis duci ducem duce.... .lucis luci lucem luce.
CONSUL. . . . ..IMPERATOR..... MILES. . . . .REX.
 
4. One....two....three....and then we come to Fourth Declension
us - us - ui - um - and - u. It's Just a ball
Plural us - uum. - ibus - us accusative and ibus.
Now we're ready for the fifth and that is all.

Chorus:
Start with:
es - ei - ei - em - e......then the plural right away:
es and erum ebus, es - ebus........too
First you SAY IT then you PLAY IT. But be sure you EVERY DAY IT
And with all the five declensions you are through.

5. NOW YOU HAVE TO LEARN YOUR VERBS AND CONJUGATIONS
Present o - as -at and -amus -atis - ant.
The imperfect starts with -abem --abes -abat.Then -abamus    
-batis, ending up third plural vocabant.

Chorus:
Start the future
vocabo ... .vocabis … and vocabit
Vocabimus, vocabitis, vocabunt. 
Start the perfect: with vocavi… .vocavisti. …. and vocavit
Vocavimus.. ..vocavictis, and -erunt.

6. To the perfect stem add: -eram -eras -erat
Then -eramus.,. then -eratis..... then -erant
When you’ve ended the pluperfect——Future Perfect:
-ero -eris -erit –erimus  -eritis and erint

Chorus:
Start:
ille, illa, illud.....qui, quae, quod....and hic, haec, hoc
Is and ea id….acer, acris, acre
Ego, mei, mihi, me, me…Tu and tui tibi te te
That’s the end and now it’s time to shout HOORAY!







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From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 10th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
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Learning the song began the very first day of class in Freshman year. I have a vivid memory of running through the entire song in my head during the third year Latin NY State Regeants' exam - the bit I was searching for was in the final chorus - got a 97 on the exam so the song served me well!

Still sing "On Moonlight Bay" and "The Old Gray Mare" in Latin to my granddaughters, to their astonishment & amusement.

love, your sister Dale
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From:rgoing
Date:February 10th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
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I'm glad I'm not the only one who astonishes and amuses the little darlings.

-Weird Uncle Bob
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 10th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)

Learning Latin

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This is a really great post. I wish I had Sister Anna Roberta. My daughter is having rough time in Latin I. I can't seem to get the words in line with the tune. Can any post the wav file with the actual song? I'd be deeply appreciative.

PamnRedSoxNation
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From:rgoing
Date:September 7th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)

Re: Learning Latin

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Anybody got an original Omicron Delta recording of this? Hate to have to do it myself!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 12th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)

I second that idea

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Wow. This song is pure genius. But I'm also having trouble lining up words with tune from the youtube clip, and would greatly appreciate a clip or audiofile of somebody singing this song to the tune. Thanks for posting this!
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From:rgoing
Date:February 13th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)

Re: I second that idea

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Oh, OK, but this is not good:
Latin Declension Song
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 19th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)

That "The Martins and McCoys"

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"...they were good old mountain boys."
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 21st, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)

Here's another little memory jogger

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I wish I'd learned this when I was studying Latin in college. But what I DO remember is

"with si, nisi, num and ne
all the ali's drop away."

Now if I could just remember what that actually pertained to....

Therese Z
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 20th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Here's another little memory jogger

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I didn't realize that people were still learning Latin! I've been looking all over trying to find how to make "ducis" plural or if it already is. This song helped. Thanks!

Rebecca

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 17th, 2011 10:16 pm (UTC)

Re: Here's another little memory jogger

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(: That's for aliquis (meaning someone, something, anyone, or anything); which is replaced in those four instances by quis. So for example, you'd say "Si quis", not "Si aliquis."

Hope that helps.
From:spider_wench
Date:March 31st, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
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i'm a highschool student taking latin. my friend told me about this song. no wonder she has an a in latin!
duco ducimus
ducis ducitis
ducit ducent
it's cute. i really enjoyed it.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 1st, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)

small correction

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Imperfects are -abam -abas -abat not -abem -abes -abat
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 12th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)

Declension song

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Wonderful! I smiled all the way through it! I'm trying to teach myself Latin and think your performance will help me. What about "part 2" concerning verbs that your video teases us with at its end? I can't find another video of you singing so...informatively.

I was also moved by the 1994 tribute to your Latin teacher.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 10th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)

Part two

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I would also love to hear part two!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 7th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)

the tune

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I went to file, opened a new window and googled the tune. Then went back to the previous window. That's how I was able to listen to the music and read the words at the same time.

angelica
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 5th, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)

Latin song

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It's on youtube!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLwcxlIYcSw
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From:Chris Hennick
Date:November 19th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)

No vocative?

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This song will probably help, but it'd be even better if it also had the vocative (which my profs still insist on putting on the tests).
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From:rgoing
Date:November 19th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)

Re: No vocative?

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For the vocative, you need to consult The Life of Brian.
From:EricTull
Date:November 18th, 2012 09:58 pm (UTC)

Recording of the entire song?

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Do you know where I can find an audio recording of the song? I'm a first year Latin student at Iowa State University and would like to put it on my iPod. Thanks!
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From:rgoing
Date:November 21st, 2012 12:30 pm (UTC)

Re: Recording of the entire song?

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For now, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLwcxlIYcSw

New version in the works.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 28th, 2012 11:31 pm (UTC)

Part 2 PLEASE!!!

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Can't get the rest of the lyrics to line up with the rhythm well. :/
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From:rgoing
Date:November 29th, 2012 01:30 am (UTC)

Re: Part 2 PLEASE!!!

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Soon.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 24th, 2013 02:18 am (UTC)

Re: Part 2 PLEASE!!!

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You said "soon"... THAT WAS OVER A YEAR AGO!!! Please? I really need this!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 22nd, 2013 12:53 am (UTC)

stuff

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wtf you are a lawyer at least thats what i guess with the books back there
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From:rgoing
Date:September 23rd, 2013 10:51 am (UTC)

Re: stuff

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That is correct.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 22nd, 2013 04:38 am (UTC)

The Latin Song

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I found the YouTube video after being sent the link to a different one by the Latin tutor at Loyola where I am a non-traditional student (50+ protestant). A Medieval history major, I must learn Latin, but it is proving akin to algebra which I flunked twice before being diagnosed with a learning disability. This song is similar to Red River Valley and I find it easier to sing than any other tune I've found or could think of. I am grateful to the Sister. Does she have any more Latin helps? I thank our God for leading me to your video and the link to this site.

BTW, would y'all say prayers for Loyola, please? I love the school and came here because of the reputation Catholic schools have for excellent academics, but I am sorely distressed at the liberal secular worldview of most of its professors. It undermines not just the Christian faith, but what I understand of Catholic dogma. Why would a catholic school do that?

May God bless you all,
motherhenalaska@yahoo.com
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From:rgoing
Date:September 23rd, 2013 10:57 am (UTC)

Re: The Latin Song

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It is very similar to Red River Valley, which, BTW, was originally an upstate New York folk song called "Bright Mohawk Valley." Sister took the melody from a comical folk song "The Martins and the Coys" about two feuding hillbilly clans. Disney did an animated version which is occasionally available on YouTube but otherwise withdrawn from circulation because of some PC thing about the guns.

It is very difficult to find a faithful Catholic college these days. Most of them exchanged their faith for federal aid long ago.
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