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An Excellent Companion to an Awesome Textbook
on July 11, 2001
Latin is such a boring subject. Or at least that's what I've been told. The truth is, I wouldn't really know. You see, I've had the good luck of learning the subject under a great teacher with an awesome, no-nonsense text -- WHEELOCK'S LATIN -- as my guide.
My teacher was the man who wrote this book, Dr. Grote. And what made him great is that he had the ability to make the rough spots in WHEELOCK not rough at all. This is not to say, at all, that Latin was easy. It isn't, and I doubt it will ever be.
But his style of teaching turned a subject that was perhaps overwhelming into a subject that could be learned, even mastered, over a summer. Now, thankfully for you, that "style" has been transcribed from the spoken to the written word.
In the pages of this COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE you'll be led by a reassuring, calm teacher who knows the problems that a beginning student faces. The book offers plenty of repetition that is missing in WHEELOCK and which a person teaching themself the subject or a confused student ought to find most valuable. One big plus, that I can add after reading the reviews of other Latin workbooks that go along with WHEELOCK, is that this guide has the answer key printed in the back of the book (meaning there's no wait to receive a copy if you get one at all). And, on top of all this, the web site that goes along with this book is as valuable as the cost of a guide like this by itself. It contains an answer key to WHEELOCK, taped lectures explaining the answers to all the self-tutorials at the back of the book, and sample quizzes for practice.
Frankly, I don't think I could have gotten through Latin without it (and I am by no means a dull student). Because of this, I gave the book five stars -- meaning it served its purpose perfectly.