What you should know about Classical Latin pronunciation

Edmundus

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Classical Latin pronunciation is nasally, especially heard in its words' suffixes. For instance, the word domus meaning house, home. The o is a long vowel, and is pronounced raised to the nose. the us would be pronounced as ooss, as in goose, yet again nasal. This is just a word of advice to those who want to perfect their speech or pronunciation wherever.
 

Pacifica

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The o is a long vowel
No, the o of domus is short.
the us would be pronounced as ooss, as in goose, yet again nasal.
I am not sure what you mean by nasal here. I've never heard this kind of sound called nasal. Latin does have what's called nasal vowels, but they're mostly represented in writing by a vowel followed by m in the same syllable (so mostly the endings -um, -am, -em, -im). The m there probably wasn't really pronounced at all but only denoted the nasal quality of the previous vowel. The m in domus doesn't nasalize the preceding o as it's not in the same syllable.
 
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