I’ve been trying to learn Latin on my own. My spiritual director suggested a few textbooks, primarily Wheelock’s Latin, even though that teaches Classical Latin. I also have the New College Latin Dictionary. I practice pronunciation by making recordings of myself and then correcting any mistakes. I was hoping a few of the veterans of Latin here could give me some help.
First of all, I’ve drilled myself over and over again, but I just can’t roll the letter ‘r’. I am used to English and German, so the trilled r in the Romance languages is quite unnatural for me. Any advice here?
Also, I am confused about accent. I have been given contradicting advice that Latin is properly spoken in an Italian or French accent, or (in one case) a reconstructed archaic accent similar to Italian but with a more nasal sound. Can anyone give me clarification here?
And finally (for now) are there any textbooks anyone can reccomend that are helpful for learning Ecclesiatical Latin?