Yeah, I guess it emulates the experience you would have with a live teacher or over a Skype conversation I'm glad if it seemed as a good/interesting experience. And after all: this thread is all about recordings and like this I could pronounce some words myself without just writing about them or making too many separated & disjointed recordings. And I have no doubt that you can! Since you've already masked your US linguistic background like so perfectly: this was the first occasion where I was confident enough to say what I think your linguistic background was, which is really really a good result! (Like in your third or fourth recording, right? And just in one small detail...) Right. It probably didn't fall unto my inner measuring mechanism of "what is short and what is long vowel depending on the speed of you saying the word" which is a kind of mechanism we apply in my language (Czech) which behaves phonologically just like Latin does (so it provides me some benefits in this matter). But at least I could provide right away what I would consider a suitable way to say it. I'm sure I had read/heard about it before, but then I found out that there are actually some discussions about this, that, as far as I remember, it shouldn't be certain at all, so, after some time, I also forgot which one of them should be long or is disputed. Let me link an Aurifex's article on this 'dispute': You can read more in the article on the morphological comparison of these two tenses. Imber Ranae also provides some etymological insides on this matter later on in the thread. But I mean: I don't argue here really for any position, I'm just trying to elucidate my momentary confusion while listening to your recording and thinking about this issue once more. ^Anyway, thanks for the recordings and also the answer.