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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Trying to learn Latin on your own is tough and for the first time I believe I just might accomplish it. Having this book is like having a friendly teacher at your elbow.

What I most appreciate about this book is that he goes into things like morphology and (thank goodness) "thematic vowels". I'm not a kid anymore and the ability to memorize stuff is a thing of the past for me and I just don't have the time to struggle with it. Understanding the reasons why the declensions and conjugations differ from each other helps me enormously in recognizing them. The chapter on Demonstrative Pronouns alone was worth the price of admission. His relaxed style makes me want to pick up the book everyday. I just know that after I'm finished I'll know and UNDERSTAND something new. I'm very thankful I found this book!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2007
This is a very helpful adjunct to studying Wheelock's Latin solo. Although I have 45 years experience studying foreign languages [at least 10, including 4 different alphabets] and have tutored Latin successfully for years, Grote still provides helpful hints for studying and digesting the Latin grammar and vocabulary. So, if I find this helpful, I expect someone new to Latin would find this book invaluable!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2007
I started with Wheelock on its own; great book, but something was missing: Grote's book! Most latin textbooks try to break down the material in segments and a sequence that that the author(s) find the most educational. Still, all textbooks have a common disadvantage: you have to memorize the inflections without being given the underlying logic.

Grote's book does that. You still have to memorize but knowing all the why's lets the how's stick.

Furthermore, if you are weak in grammar and syntax, it also covers that gap by reviewing everything using ENGLISH examples and then jumping into latin.

Now, I am going through Latin: An Intensive Course. I still refer to Grote (something that would be impossible if you did not go through Wheelock first. Anyway Wheelock is the way to get going in the beginning).

Grote's coverage of the 3 and 4 conjugations is superb: it is made really simple while traditionally this topic is truly hard. This part is worth the value of the whole book, but you get a lot more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2006
While I'm only halfway through the book I believe it is sufficient to make an accurate assessment. This book gives the student of Latin additonal insight to the Latin while remaining true to the writings of Wheelock. Helpful suggestions are made so that the reader may improve his or her understanding of the basics in Wheelock. Add to that the useful number of exercises with guidance to the corrections, many of which are in the back of the book, and this work is definitely a winner and an asset to any reader or student of Wheelock's Latin.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2003
This book is for sure a must have for any Latin Student. Puts Wheelock's in a easy, understandable light!!! If you are studying Wheelock's..... Get this book!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2007
I found this guide to be extremely helpful; Wheelock's Latin can be confusing and vague at times, and this guide helped sift through that stuff ... it also provides extra exercises that are instrumental in really nailing down the Wheelock's concepts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2008
My homeschooled eighth-grader and I have found this book very helpful as an adjunct to Wheelock's 6th edition. Grote untangles the knotty topics of Wheelock's 6th edition, not just chapter by chapter, but virtually subtopic by subtopic. His explanations are clear, and his writing is amusing and engaging.

My only criticism is that he gives the answers to only "selected" exercises. This does seem to mean most of them--but why not all of them?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2010
Although this book is more expensive than the textbook itself, it is an essential companion text for anyone who is trying to learn Latin through self-study using Wheelock's Latin.

Wheelock's Latin does not explain many grammar concepts, assuming you have a thorough understanding of English grammar that you can apply to Latin. Grote's book fills in the gaps.

In areas where Wheelock simply says, "Memorize this" and leaves it at that, Grote often fills in the reasons behind what's going on. For instance, Grote explains the behavior of short "e" in Latin words and how its spelling changes in different circumstances, which makes many paradigms make sense and therefore much easier to remember than simply trying to brute-force memorize them.

In Chapter 8, Wheelock tells you the only way to know the difference between verbs of the second and third conjugations is to memorize the macron (or lack thereof) over the penultimate "e" in the infinitive form -- a nightmare that had me sweating! Grote points out that all second conjugation verbs end in "eo" in the first person singular, and all third conjugation verbs end simply in "o". My anxiety relieved, this one insight was worth the price of the book.

Although expensive for such a small book, buying Grote's book is like having a Latin professor to guide you through Wheelock's Latin, and it is worth every penny!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2009
This book goes along with the material presented in the Wheelock, providing an additional approach and point of view to the material being presented, which greatly facilitates learning, especially if one learns by oneself. It also explains some of the points that Wheelock either passes over, or mumbles about. I decided early on on the following pattern of learning, that successfully got me through Wheelock: I read a chapter from the main book, I read a chapter from the "Guide" (while doing the exercises there as well), I do the exercises in Wheelock, I do the additional exercises at the end of Wheelock. This way I attack the new material from several directions, and also get sufficient amount of repetition to guarantee adequate memorization.
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on June 10, 2015
If you are working through Wheelock's Latin, and want some wise, plain-spoken guidance, I can't recommend this book enough. It is enormously readable, despite the austere cover written in a super-casual dialogue (I find it charming in its effective method of absolute direct address to the reader).

In short, it's a great companion, and it will add wisdom, laughs, and a greater comprehension of Latin to your Wheelock experience.
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