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Syllables:

        A Latin word has as many syllables as it has vowels and diphthongs.

                    so-ci-us, vo-c-re, moe-ni-a

        A consonant followed by l or r except for (ll or rr) is usually pronounced with the l or r.

                    pa-trs, p-bli-cus

        In combinations of two or more consonants between vowels, the first consonant is pronounced with the preceeding syllable and the rest are pronounced with the following syllable.

                    her-ba, mn-str, ar-ma

        However, compound words are divided according to their components.

                    ab-est, trns-e

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Dactylic Hexameter:

                    shave and-a hair cut, boom di-dee boom boom

Elision:

        Whenever a word ends in a vowel, diphthong, or m and the following word begins with a vowel or h, the first vowel/diphthong (or m with its preceeding vowel) is elided.

        Elision is indicated by the sign (.) placed underneath between the elided syllable and the following word.

                    multum.ille.et (pronounced: mul-til-let)