Latin Pronunciation used in Classical Conversations

There are basically two different forms of Latin pronunciation, classical and ecclesiastical. There are not a lot of differences between the two pronunciations and most people can easily adapt to either one. We accept either pronunciation. 

Classical Conversations uses the classical pronunciation for its memory work in the Foundations program and for all of the Latin products that we publish. We do not require a specific pronunciation in our Challenge programs. 

However, the Challenge programs use the Henle Latin curriculum, which uses the ecclesiastical pronunciation. We do not mandate the ecclesiastical pronunciation for the Challenge programs. 

The pronunciation you choose is a matter of personal choice. For example, you may desire the ecclesiastical pronunciation if you plan to spend time reading the teachings of early church leaders (e.g., Augustine and Tertullian) or studying music. However, you would probably want to use the classical pronunciation if you plan to spend more time reading the original works of classical Roman authors (e.g., Cicero and Pliny). Knowing both pronunciations will be beneficial to those students wishing to pursue more advanced Latin studies.

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