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    What is the difference between vulgar latin and classical latin, which one was spoken as the everyday language in the roman empire, how much do they differ from each other, did people back then know both? If learning latin, is it possible to learn both types, vulgar and classical? im interested in maybe learning vulgar latin, is that possible? [/SUB]

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    Originally posted by cinderella View Post
    What is the difference between vulgar latin and classical latin, which one was spoken as the everyday language in the roman empire, how much do they differ from each other, did people back then know both? If learning latin, is it possible to learn both types, vulgar and classical? im interested in maybe learning vulgar latin, is that possible? [/SUB]
    "Vulgar" Latin (from vulgus, the Latin word for "the crowd, rabble, populace") was the language of the "common people," as opposed to classical Latin, which is modeled on the high language of Cicero and other great Latin writers. Vulgar Latin would have been the everyday language of most people, but it would be difficult to learn it as all the great Latin literature that survives is in classical Latin. Vulgar Latin is really only useful for those interested in historical linguistics. For anything from reading ancient texts to learning modern English derivatives, classical Latin would be more useful.
    Michael
    Memoria Press

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