Finishing the Imperfect

In Latin I, over the past couple of weeks we have been starting to learn the imperfect tense and work with it in translation. Students now three ways in which to translate an imperfect verb. For instance, the word ambulabamus can be translated as “we were walking”, “we used to walk” or “we kept on walking”. Last week, they were quizzed on how to conjugate and translate these forms.

This week we will continue with these types of lessons, now including the irregular imperfect conjugations of sum (to be) and possum (to be able). Students will be quizzed on these irregular forms on Thursday. Throughout the week we will also be translating a passage of Latin from Chapter 11 of the textbook, an adaptation from the Aeneid about Dido, queen of Carthage.