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    Prima Latina Lesson 8 Herba Pronunciation

    Why is the latin word herba pronounced "erba" on the DVD and not "Hayrbah"? Why is the H silent and the vowel sounds do not follow the latin vowel sound rules? They say "er" and a short a sound.

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    Re: Prima Latina Lesson 8 Herba Pronunciation

    Originally posted by KariE View Post
    Why is the latin word herba pronounced "erba" on the DVD and not "Hayrbah"? Why is the H silent and the vowel sounds do not follow the latin vowel sound rules? They say "er" and a short a sound.
    For the e, it often naturally shortens when followed by an r, as /ayr/ is difficult to say. This is the result of letters being pronounced in the context of each other. The a, however, should be /ah/ to be consistent with the rules for Ecclesiastical pronunciation taught in Prima Latina. Same for the h. In general, though, Latin pronunciation is often affected by the modern speaker's native language. Thus, a person from the South will pronounce Latin slightly differently than someone form the Northeast or someone from Great Britain. The rules given in the text are the ideal that the speaker is aiming for.
    Michael
    Memoria Press

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