Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cicada et Formica (Barlow)

SOURCE: Aesop's Fables in Latin. For more information and reading help for this fable, see the Aesopus Ning.

READ OUT LOUD. Choose which marked text you prefer to practice with - macrons or accent marks - and read the text out loud until you feel comfortable and confident. Then, try reading the unmarked text at the bottom. It should be easy for you after practicing with the marked texts. :-)


MACRONS. Here is the text with macrons:

Dum per aestātem Cicāda cantat, Formīca suam exercet messem, trahendo in antra grāna et in hiemem repōnendo. Saeviente autem brūmā, famēlica Cicāda venit ad Formīcam et mendīcat victum; renuēbat autem Formīca, dictitāns sēsē labōrāsse, dum illa cantābat.



ACCENT MARKS. Here is the text with ecclesiastical accents, plus some color-coding for the words of three or more syllables (blue: penultimate stress; red: antepenultimate stress):

Dum per aestátem Cicáda cantat, Formíca suam exércet messem, trahéndo in antra grana et in híemem reponéndo. Saeviénte autem bruma, famélica Cicáda venit ad Formícam et mendícat victum; renuébat autem Formíca, díctitans sese laborásse, dum illa cantábat.



UNMARKED TEXT. Here is the unmarked text - after practicing with the marked text that you prefer, you should not have any trouble with the unmarked text:

Dum per aestatem Cicada cantat, Formica suam exercet messem, trahendo in antra grana et in hiemem reponendo. Saeviente autem bruma, famelica Cicada venit ad Formicam et mendicat victum; renuebat autem Formica, dictitans sese laborasse, dum illa cantabat.



IMAGE. Here is an illustration for the story (image source).

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