Most people assume that, since it is a dead language, there is no correct way to pronounce Latin. That is incorrect. In this lesson, you will learn how to pronounce Latin correctly (and how to impress your friends by sounding much more intelligent when you spout off Latin phrases than when they do).
Also, since in the last lesson we learned about the verb esse, in this lesson you will learn some adjectives so that you can say what you are, they are, he/she/it is, etc.
every syllable is pronounced
C always sounds like K, never like S
G is always hard, as in “get”
I is pronounced the same as Y when before a vowel
R is rolled
T is always hard
V is pronounced the same as W
no silent vowels
AE sounds like “eye”
AU sounds like “ow”
EI sounds like “ay”
OE sounds like “oi”
UI sounds like “ooey”
EU sounds like “eww”
Ī sounds like “eee”
Ē sounds like “ay”
Now, here are some facts about the Latin alphabet that may help you remember the pronunciation rules.
Latin alphabet: A B C D E F G H I K L M N O P Q R S T V X Y Z
Notice, there is no J and no W. I replaces J and V replaces W.
There are technically no lowercase letters and the letter U is often replaced with V, however much of the Latin you will see used nowadays utilizes both lowercase letters and the letter U.
In Classical Latin, I and V represented both vowel and consonant sounds. I could sound like I and J, and V could sound like W and U.