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Cambridge Latin Course: Unit 1, North American 4th Edition 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521004343
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: The North American Fourth Edition Cambridge Latin Course Unit 1 (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 4 edition (February 5, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521004349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521004343
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Aquila on July 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
I recently took a 5-week crash course in Latin, and we used the first two volumes of this series (which I remembered from my high school Latin class many years ago!). My instructor uses it for both children and adults and has had great success with it. It's a very good way to get started, particularly for those whose goal in learning Latin is being able to pick up any text and figure out what it says (with a dictionary) rather than acquiring the ability to pass an exam in Latin grammar and syntax. By getting you into reading texts right away rather than memorizing grammar and syntax charts, this book does a great job of building the student's confidence. Each stage starts with cartoons above simple sentences and then moves into a series of longer stories before concluding with grammar and syntax sections and cultural details. The stories and characters are often amusing, and there's a lot of basic information about Roman life and culture. Although a classroom setting is best for learning Latin, I suspect this book would also be very effective for those working through it on their own. Highly recommended.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By E. Reed on October 15, 2010
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I am using the 4th edition with my home schooled 7th grader. I bought the omnibus, cd, reader and teacher manual also. The package is perfect.
I have tried 3 other Latin programs before and was about to give up until I found this one. One Latin program had hundreds (not kidding!) of mistakes in the text.
I love the historic approach which draws my son right in. We watched Pompeii movies, Roman movies, etc. It will take us a year to get through the first book. He will be well prepared to take the SAT subject Latin after the 3 unit books.
I do urge you to buy the whole set of books/cd. They really complement each other.
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Let's say you have read some fiction set in Ancient Rome, the Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough or the books of Steven Saylor, for example. Let's say you have read some history books. Perhaps you have visited some Roman Ruins. Perhaps you have even read Caesar or Cicero or Livy in translation. Now you want to read them in the original. If this describes you, then this book is for you. It is the beginning of a 4 book introductory Latin course. Each book has a theme. This first one is set in Pompeii on the eve of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. We observe the life of a banker named Lucius Caecilius Iucundus and his family. Caecilius was a real person: his Pompeii house was excavated and can be seen today. We read increasingly complicated stories with the help of the provided vocabulary. The style is engaging and tongue-in-cheek as it presents the life of the Caecilius household, warts and all. I thoroughly enjoyed this view of Roman society. Notice that if, as I have indicated above, your interest is primarily in learning to read Latin, then this is exactly what you want. Latin is an easy enough language for English speakers, because the roots of many of our words are Latin. If you have a smattering of a Romance language like Spanish or French or Italian, then it is easier still. Each chapter also provides background information on Roman history and culture.

Eventually, however, one has to learn the conjugation of Latin verbs (four categories) and the inflections of the nouns (three declensions). And so from a gentle start, by the end of the book we must fully confront the guerilla warfare of learning grammar through tenses, cases and conjugation that bedevils the study of any language.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M.M. on October 31, 2011
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I just finished the first book in this series and was very happy with it. Although the vocabulary and end-of-the-chapter lists aren't well designed, this defect is more than compensated for by the illustrations and the tons of texts in each chapter. The book was a quick work through and I am looking forward to the next in the series. Even though in the first book, you technically only learn three cases, the authors indirectly expose you to several more without explicitly telling you of the fact. I like that they are able to handle complex material in this way (letting you think you completely understand something without going into an overly detailed explanation). The historical information in English is also very interesting and would motivate the purchase of the book in its own right. Lots of pictures and background to motivate you.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. L. R. Reed on March 14, 2008
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This review is on The North American Fourth Edition paperback.

Firstly, I've never taken Latin before, so I haven't been exposed to Wheelock or any of the other courses out there or in a formal, structured educational setting. I have toyed with Rosetta Stone's Latin Language CD, which is also a good place to start. Back to the review.

I've been looking for a decent "Beginner's Latin" book for a few years now and happened to stop at the local brick and mortar bookstore and found this treasure. I'm a designer by trade, so this book appealed to me on many levels:

1) It's visual.
2) You're launched right into a lesson in Latin.

At first you find yourself looking at images and then at the sentences, trying to understand what the text really means. If you don't understand, don't worry,
3) You are presented with a vocabulary list that covers most if not all of the words in each lesson. There might be one or two that are *assumed* but it's generally not a problem.
4) There are grammar and syntax discussions and variations on translation to help students see that there is more than one way to state a concept and how to identify the best way.
5) Lavishly illustrated with drawings and photos that tell a story to help students really understand Latin in a historic context.

I found after the first chapter, that I was able to understand a full segment with little effort.

Great series.

I recommended that you pick up the North American Cambridge Latin Course Unit 1 Audio CD. Though I am a little annoyed having listened to the CD to find that I have both the North American 4th Edition CD and Course book and have found that the audio doesn't always match. I ran into the problem in Chapter 3.
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