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Can I just memorise the English part of my Latin set text and if not why?
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Hi!
I finished my Latin GCSE in 2016, so I'm not sure how much the course as changed - forgive me if anything sounds wrong!

If I remember rightly, you can't just memorise the English text because the exam questions will only give you the Latin. It's possible you'll be asked about the grammar/written language or exact phrasings within the Latin text, which aren't necessarily the same once translated. I don't remember a lot of it, but I remember our teacher once explaining that a (Latin) sentence used alliteration to create a particular effect, but the English translation didn't have this alliteration.

Hope that helps!
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I also finished my Latin GCSE in 2016, but also did Latin A Level so may be able to help you.

While you can learn the English, the key is to be able to recognise the Latin. It doesn’t necessarily even have to be every single word but if you can recognise a few words and then remember the translation, that’s what I did and came out with an A*. You should be fine.

The best way I found was to use Quizlet. Type the Latin on one side and translation on the other and keep on learning consistently. You should get it to stick.
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thanks all for responding
(Original post by Arisapo)
I also finished my Latin GCSE in 2016, but also did Latin A Level so may be able to help you.

While you can learn the English, the key is to be able to recognise the Latin. It doesn’t necessarily even have to be every single word but if you can recognise a few words and then remember the translation, that’s what I did and came out with an A*. You should be fine.

The best way I found was to use Quizlet. Type the Latin on one side and translation on the other and keep on learning consistently. You should get it to stick.
thanks for replying - what if i were to put every single word in my set texts into quizlet with their direct meaning and just memorise the english - i think that will help me recognise the text
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what i did was make a table where i had the greek on one side and the english on the other, and i highlighted the corresponding words in the same colour so i could see how it fit together, then i made flashcards. and really it just comes from reading the text a lot of times, translating it in your head as you go and noting what you aren't remembering (once i knew the text pretty well, i would still read through it once a week). if you want i can send you my notes and stuff for the iliad 3 and from herodotus on the ethiopians/the power of custom
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(Original post by Lotty Ro)
what i did was make a table where i had the greek on one side and the english on the other, and i highlighted the corresponding words in the same colour so i could see how it fit together, then i made flashcards. and really it just comes from reading the text a lot of times, translating it in your head as you go and noting what you aren't remembering (once i knew the text pretty well, i would still read through it once a week). if you want i can send you my notes and stuff for the iliad 3 and from herodotus on the ethiopians/the power of custom
Thank you for your reply, I’ve done my GCSE’s now and got an eight in Latin which I’m proud of but thank you for being so sweet x
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