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Getting Started with Latin: Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age Bilingual Edition

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A native of North Carolina, William E. Linney holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in music from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. A student of Latin for many years, his other interests include history and theology. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Armfield Academic Press; Bilingual edition (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979505100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979505102
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A native of North Carolina, William E. Linney holds both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in music from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. A student of Latin for many years, his other interests include history and theology.

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326 of 338 people found the following review helpful By Steph R. on January 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have been trying to teach my kids Latin with no Latin background myself. There are some wonderful programs out there, but I still struggled to "get it". We have tried several programs with our oldest. She has done great, but I have struggled. The downfall is always me. I don't have the option of a Latin tutor, so I struggle on for the sake of my kids. This is the first to make the light go on for me therefore for them.

After listening to Bill Linney speak and trying this book myself, I started to understand somethings that I struggled with. Suddlenly, it seemed so easy. I tried this at home with my children - they love it! They are begging to do Latin with this book.

My two year old says with ease the Latin words. (I am not sure why it just happened. He's been hearing Latin since he was born. I think he saw that his siblings were having fun, and he wanted to join in.)

Imagine, my shock when after 3 days of this book when my 4 year old who can't read is translating oral Latin sentences. I read "Sum et nauta et agricola." And she said "I am both a salior and a farmer." I about fell out of my chair.

I recommend this to any homeschool mom or student who needs some help. Any student who can read can do this on their own. The way this is written anyone can do it. We have moved pretty quickly through the first 15 lessons, but you can take your time. We are slowing down now, but it's still coming together with ease for us.
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106 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Michael Garnier on September 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
This new book meets a need that others I've seen don't: it dishes up Latin lessons in small bites and makes them interesting-- just right for the beginner whose passion for the subject has not yet taken hold and needs to ease into it. But if you pick up this book because you already have a passion to tackle the Latin, you can cover more than one lesson at a time. My homeschooled (elementary-aged) kids have found this method effective, and the author has done the work to make it easy to teach, even if (like us) you have no prior knowledge of Latin. As we got this for our children, I haven't gotten all the way through it yet myself, but predict that by the end, I'll have a great foundation for further studies. Mr. Linney's book stirred an interest that I didn't have or expect before I picked up this great intro to Latin.
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116 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Ana Braga-Henebry VINE VOICE on December 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
To prepare for this review, I decided to put this book to practical use. Nightly, as our family sits down to family prayers, husband begins by doing a lesson orally with the kids. It's been a hit, a very nice family activity indeed. We all participate, from first to tenth grader, mom included. For some of us it's mostly review, for some it is all new, but we all look forward to it.

Getting Started with Latin is an introductory adventure into Latin. The path is easy with short lessons: only one new word or concept is introduced per lesson. Some lessons introduce a peculiarity of Latin or a grammar point. Sprinkled amidst the lessons there are interesting explanations of Latin expressions that we commonly encounter in English. For instance, between lessons 83 and 84 there is page entitled "Have you ever wondered what per capita means?"

The format is also suitable for being read aloud with a group of students or your whole family. We have enjoyed it as a family very much! And no, you do not need previous knowledge of Latin.

"A good general introduction!", says my husband. For the Catholic homeschooler this volume can serve well as a next level Latin for beginning students or for the next level for students who have done Our Roman Roots, albeit these will be able to go quite quickly through the first twenty lessons or so.

The book has a companion website with resources and downloadable pronunciation both on Classical and Ecclesiastical styles. Also, you can preview many sample pages.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Lover of English on April 12, 2009
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I'd like to add my praise to that of the other reviewers of this marvelous text. I recently retired and decided to set up a home-study course for several subjects I hadn't had time for when I was an undergrad. Latin was one of them. I finished this book with the help on the on-line readings by the author in about ten days and have ordered his recommended next text to continue my studies. This text was by far the best introduction of the four subjects I chose. It introduced the subject in small bites and then continued to reinforce already-covered material at each step. The book was too short. I could have gone on with it forever. I wish there was a "Getting Started with Latin II, III, IV" etc. This was one of the best texts I've ever used in an academic life that included two Master's degrees. Thank you William Linney. There could not be a better text (with superb Internet support) on this subject. Let's deluge Mr. Liney with requests for other subjects that he might be familiar with. He must know more than Latin.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Marcia S. Myers on May 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
If this is your first experience with Latin, Getting Started with Latin, is the book for you. This 206 page book, with answer key, is written for those who want to learn Latin on their own or teach it to children. After purchasing many Latin resources to help me with my first year of Latin, Mr. Linney's book was by far the MOST helpful resource available to me. Getting Started With Latin gave me the opportunity to learn Latin at my own pace using short lessons and an easy to understand approach. Additionally, William Linney offers a FREE pronunciation CD on his web site, [...]. How many companies offer that? He really does want the consumer to love learning Latin. Throughout his book, Linney adds Latin expressions and their meanings. For example, on page 75 he explains what the c. and ca. mean before a date. If you haven't embarked on your journey with Latin, you really don't know how confusing Latin can be to learn, especially on your own. GSWL will be the best investment you ever made! Check it out for yourself. You will NOT be sorry!
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