Not an to pronounce latin names?

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Not an to pronounce latin names?

Post by swamp_rattler » Tue Apr 10, 2012 7:25 am

I was just curious...
I like latin names (as they are quite useful in herpetology) but always find it difficult to pronounce them. I was wondering if there are any books that have things spelled out phonetically to assist newbies. I guess I could also learn latin, haha.

I did find this book, that covers trees (enlarge the photos and you can see how the scientific name is written phonetically):

It's pretty basic though. Just wondering if there are any other botany guides that assist in such pronunciation.



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Re: Not an to pronounce latin names?

Post by Matt Markworth » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:20 pm


If you're still monitoring this thread, I've learned a lot about pronunciation from watching the Don Leopold videos. Just search "Don Leopold" on Youtube and a host of videos will come up. He usually pronounces the genus and species near the beginning of the video, and many times also the family.

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Re: Not an to pronounce latin names?

Post by Joe » Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:22 am

I studied Latin for a few years in high school. The pronunciation is pretty much exactly as it looks- no silent letters, no sounds that are difficult to say (the way we all have trouble pronouncing French or German or any Slavic language).

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