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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Loyola University Press (1958)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006AVKYY
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,959,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great tool to learn Latin.
Lew
This has worked out well as pronunciation practice as well as helping the students think through some of the Latin without translating.
Alicia Van Hecke
This is a great text for first year latin students.
Kayla P.

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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Van Hecke VINE VOICE on June 26, 2004
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This classic Latin text, having stood the test of time and still in print after decades of use in schools and homes, offers a fairly simple, but rigorous introduction to reading and writing Latin. A diligent student will take from it, not only a useful grasp of vocabulary (which can be very helpful on the SAT as well as for those going into scientific or medical fields), but a better understanding of the English language, the experience of a mind-broadening exercise and the development of a more precise and logical way of thinking about language.
The text is designed for high school (and three more volumes follow this first year text), but could be used as early as 6th or 7th grade if taken at a slower pace and with some supplementation. Its companion Grammar volume is an essential component.
Henle uses a relatively brief vocabulary (focused primarily on Caesar's Gallic wars) in order to hone in on the grammar concepts. By the end of this book, a student should have a solid foundation and be ready to start translating some basic Ancient texts. This text does assume a certain grammar foundation prior to tackling Latin. Some of this can be reviewed while studying the Latin. A helpful prior grammar understanding would include: basic diagramming and an understanding of the following terms: subject, verb, direct object, indirect object, pronoun, adjective, adverb, conjunction, preposition, possessive adjective, predicatve nominative, etc.
The downside of the limited vocabulary is that the rather un-varying vocabulary can make the book somewhat tedious. In our homeschool co-op, where I've been teaching Henle to a group of teens, it has worked quite well to spread this text out over two years, but supplement with other material.
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118 of 124 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 2000
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This is an excellent first year Latin text, probably the best I've seen. The presentation of the rules of grammar and supporting examples is methodical--very old-school Jesuit. Unlike many modern Latin texts, Henle assumes that the student will learn how to write in Latin, as opposed to only reading for translation. The exercises are geared to developing an active mastery of Latin grammar.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 2002
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Latin: First Year by Henle will give you a solid base in the language. Even though it is titled First Year, the material may take over two years to cover. To use this book you must also have Henle's Latin Grammar book. The Latin Grammar is referred to throughout this book, right from the start.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Mattie on March 22, 2005
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I wanted to learn Latin on my own and have just finished the first year text. If you are diligent and willing to finish all of the examples and exercises given in this book, it is extremely helpful. Yes, the vocabulary is limited, but I found myself knowing all of the different declensions of nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. without even thinking about it. After all the practice, it just started coming naturally. I think that as a beginning book, the memorization of the forms is more important than vocabulary, especially since in Latin, one little wrong letter and you have an entirely different meaning. The only criticism I have is that an answer key is not provided. Many an hour I sat there trying to understand how a sentence was translated, but in the end, I was able to translate 99% of the exercises on my own, and if you already have a background in Latin, it would of course be much easier. I borrowed a Wheelocks Latin Grammar and read through the book in order to compare the teaching methods. Wheelocks is definitely organized more stringently, with all the topics together in straightforward chapters (which I liked) but the exercises were such that one would have to spend an exhorbitant amount of time trying to learn what the words meant, how it was declined and so forth, and the exercises themselves were flimsy and minimal. And contrary to what Wheelock wrote about it being more important to translate from Latin into English, I would have to disagree. It is just as important to have exercises translating from English into Latin-one actually has to concentrate on the declensions as opposed to opposite way, where one can really get by merely by guessing what the declension means because of the fact that Latin and English langauge have so many words in common.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alton D. Allen on December 11, 2012
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I am now on exercise #235. I've done every exercise in addition to declining each noun and conjugating each verb that appears at the begininning of each chapter and section. I do this several times for each noun and verb in pencil and on graph paper. This is the only way and Henle Year 1, along with the very necessary answer key, is the best. I've tried Wheelock's and it just didn't work out. Wheelock's seemed to lack a system. The chapters and exercises tried to teach too many things at once. Henle I, on the other hand, is systematic in that each chapter focuses on on a single skill to be developed and as you progress through the text. As you progress through the chapters, the previous skills that are developed are used to help you with other skills BUT you have to practice. You cannot start this text on Monday and be able to translate the Aeneid by Friday. Not gonna happen. But the process is deeply rewarding. If you want to learn Latin and are willing to begin and maintain a consistent and disciplined approach to COMPLETING EACH AND EVERY EXERCISE, this is for you. AND DO NOT FORGET TO GET THE ANSWER KEY! You will need it to not only see if you've completed your exercises properly but to also make corrections. Get some pencils, some graph paper, a good eraser, and a sharpener and begin.
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