I am having fun pronouncing “urbs.”
Even more fun are the histories of Servus Rick.
It’s intriguing that the poetry is so about the rhythm. Word order is of little to no consquence: not even a possessive adjective has to stick next to its noun! How do people read a Latin sentence? Since you can’t just read it left to right, you must be doing something else. Instead of studying I have been thinking up two alternative ways of reading a Latin sentence:
1. Travel left to right, and when a word appears out of logical order, pull it up onto a siding and let it wait there. When you find where it should go, have it pulled off the siding onto the main track and engage it. Maybe you need a switchyard.
2. Scan both ways a few times. Throw all the words into a puzzle box. Jiggle the box and examine the puzzle-piece peninsulas and inlets. Those are the inflection endings. Stare at them until you see how they can all go together. When they are all together, the picture (the sense) will appear.
However, it seems likely that you just look for a noun and a verb and then scan back and forth some more, looking for things to associate with them. Alas, is that right?
How do people read a Latin sentence?
Much more easily than they read a line of Latin verse!
Depending on the difficulty of the sentence (I’m looking at *you*, Cicero) you’ll have resort to 2 and scan a few times. However, what you’re shooting for is 1.
And, oh yeah… urps.
Gratias tibi, Magister. It is a help to have a proper target identified.