Quid Ascultare? What are we listening to?


As we now know Latin has many cognates and although there are not many modern songs that use Romance languages in them that we can start to decipher. Try your hand at one of the following.


Three Blind Mice – A way to remember Ille, Illa, Illud pronouns lyrics below:

3 Genders, Singular First                      3 Genders, Plural Too

5 Cases, That is all                              5 Cases, Those are it

Ille, Illa, and Illud                                   Illi, Illae and Illa

Illius, Illius, and Illius                             Illōrum, Illārum and Illōrum

Illi, Illi, and Illi                                        Illīs, Illīs and Illīs

Illum, Illam, Illud                                    Illōs, Illās, Illa

Illō, Illā, Illō                                           Illīs, Illīs, Illīs


 Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here – A Great way to remember the Hic, Haec, Hoc endings look at the notes for the words

Hic, Haec                               Hī, Hae

and then comes Hoc              and then comes Haec

Huius Huius Huius                  Hōrum Hārum Hōrum

Huic Huic Huic                        Hīs Hīs Hīs

Hunc Hanc                             Hōs Hās

and then comes Hoc               and then comes Haec

Hōc Hāc Hōc is Singular         Hīs Hīs Hīs is Plural



Volare by Dean Martin – Uses at its core two Italian verbs Volare and Cantare which are Latin Infinitives. Can you figure out what he is singing aboutin that famous chorus?


Lacrimosa composed by Mozart – A part of Mozart’s Requiem in D uses a Latin text using the adjective form of the Noun Lacrima, Lacrimae. Listen to the song and see if you can pick out the meaning of the words not only through the Latin but the expression.


 Sirinx performed by  Panagiotis Stefos. A song using the Flute of Pan also called a Syrinx. Today we see these “Pan Flutes” used in a variety of cultures around the world, famously in South America. This song uses the Syrinx as its solo intrument.