I remember listening to the Cambridge Latin Course pronunciation tape many years ago as a schoolboy, marvelling at the almost alien ‘Queeentus est in weeelam’. Now here’s your chance for worldwide, everlasting fame …ish. The first PLV podcast (on the Romani Walk) is nearly done, but it needs one more thing: a volunteer to say the three Latin words Per Lineam Valli in what you believe to be the Roman pronunciation. Don’t worry if you’re new to this; that need not exclude you. Here’s some advice on how to do it (and here’s a more detailed PDF) and you may even want to watch a video about it (or not, as the case may be. Your end product should probably sound something like ‘pair leeneam wahley‘ but if you have a radically different interpretation, so be it.
Make a recording (your mobile phone may have an app for that if you don’t have a microphone on your computer), post it to Audioboo (you’ll need to create an account if you don’t already have one), and then post a link to your interpretation of the three words on Twitter, remembering to include my @perlineamvalli handle and the hashtag #PLV in the posting.
What do you win? Absolutely nothing, except the self-satisfaction, fame, and glory of having your words on every PLV podcast in the future (and a credit in the show notes, obviously).
Altogether now: ‘Queeentus est in weeelam’…