Latin on Social Media

On the 23rd, of course the Friday before December break, we had the requisite post-test pre-vacation party. Food was brought in, good times were had by all. I didn’t want it to be completely void of content, however, so I decided we would post to social media about the party.

I copied the food vocab list from Traupman’s Oral Latin and included these instructions on the home page of our LMS (can’t say the Latin’s perfect; the Latin instructions were a last minute decision, so I was writing them largely without checking anything the block before class):

7. Cibus Mediaque Sociālis – Hodiē edēmus et scrībēmus de cibō in mediā socialī. Tu debēs edere et scrībere de cibō in mediā sociālī ut ego litterās videam vel legam. Hīc personae meae mediae socialis:

  • Twitter: @dehlatinteach
  • Snapchat: @edehoratius
  • Instagram: @olivewoodphoto
  • email: edmund_dehoratius@wayland.k12.ma.us

Si tu hōrum nullum habēs et nolīs mihi litteras electronicas mittere, tu potes stylō imaginem delineare.

Quidquid facis, debent esse tuae imaginēs, digitālēs vel in chartā, cum sententiīs diversīs quae habent sequentes:

  • IIIs: trēs casūs; IVs: quattuor casūs
  • verba varia
  • IIIs: unō ablativō (in tōtō quam in utrāque sententiā); IVs: ablativō in utraque

Potes ex rete prehendere verba necessaria hīc.

And the class was much better, to be honest, than I expected. What I mean by that is that they spent a lot more time on / with the Latin than I thought they would, given the food and the Friday before break. Really, the only disappointment was that they didn’t take advantage of the more fun aspects of Snapchat more often; I was hoping for more filters and/or geotags (but a minor complaint).

For anyone out there worried about the social media thing, most of them used Snapchat, at which point I had to accept them as friends (something I wanted to do about as much as they wanted me to). I assured them, though, that I would unfriend them by the end of the day, which I did. So, while I did connect with them on social media, it was only temporary and for educational purposes. I have no more social media contact with my students now than I did before that class.

I’ve also included a gallery below of the snaps that I received. Pretty amusing and decent (though not great) Latin.

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