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Easy Latin Crossword Puzzles 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0844284460
ISBN-10: 0844284467
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Learn Latin through crossword puzzles!

Easy Latin Crossword Puzzles offers you 50 puzzles to learn and practice Latin words and expressions. The puzzles will challenge you and help you develop your grasp of basic Latin vocabulary.

The method to success with this book is Quid Pro Quo (exchanging one thing for another): to solve these puzzles you exchange English clues for Latin words that you select from a list. But look out: the list includes a few red herrings to make your choices more difficult. Of the 50 puzzles, eight involve well-know phrases and four are reversed, where you put an English word into the grid.

If you took Latin long ago, you'll find this an enjoyable way to study it de novo (anew). If Latin is terra incognita (an unknown area) for you, the puzzles will help expand your English vocabulary as well as your knowledge of Latin. And if you run into difficulties, just remember errare humanum est (to err is human), and consult the answers at the back of the book.

Tempus fugit (time flies) when you're having fun with Easy Latin Crossword Puzzles!

The puzzles feature English clues with Latin answers, except for four puzzles which have Latin clues with English answers.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English, Latin
  • ISBN-10: 0844284467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844284460
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #613,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Van Hecke VINE VOICE on August 8, 2004
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It's so nice to find a supplement that really is easy and can be used by fairly novice Latin students - especially one that is so reasonably priced!!! 50 Crossword puzzles are offered in this volume (with a mix of Latin to English and English to Latin translations) with a list of possible words to choose from at the bottom of each page. (This feature is nice both because it makes it easier for beginning students to choose from a limited vocabulary and because it eliminates confusion about which ending should be used to fit precisely in the crossword.)

This is a fun and easy way to practice vocabulary and have a little variety in your Latin studies.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2004
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The reviewer below is barking up the wrong tree. Classical Latin was written in all-caps and without accents or macrons. Even when later Latin came to be written in both upper and lower cases, there were no accents or macrons. Perhaps a little harder for beginners, but that's what textbooks are for (also beware that V will represent both u and v, much as in the Oxford Latin dictionary, because the Romans didn't have two separate letters. Hence why v is pronounced like w or u.) This isn't Greek, and by and large accents don't matter. They're completely regular, in any case, and similar to English - with a little practice you'll put them in the right place naturally. If all caps are annoying, at least they'll teach you to read Latin without the artificial aids of modern editors, and that's a valuable skill to have.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Melody Theoharis on January 14, 2002
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This book of Latin crossword puzzles is just what I was looking for to supplement my two teenage daughters' Latin course. I am a homeschooling mother with no Latin experience and wanted to give them a little extra to study but did not want another text book for fear of a revolt. It is an enjoyable, relaxing way to review and increase your vocabulary in Classical Latin. The words that will be used are listed at the bottom of the page which is a big help, but I would suggest a Latin/English dictionary in the house if you get into a jam. If you are a "brain" in Latin you probably won't find it very satisfying, but this book works well for beginners.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Guisbert on December 17, 2008
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Okay, these seem to be an easy fun way to review vocabulary. I'm not sure what previous posters were talking about the answers being on the page (unless there's a different edition floating around). There actually are word choices on each page and then the answers are in the back. I'm a returning college student learning Latin, and my 9 year old is learning along with me. We both enjoyed this book.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Luis Acevedo-Lazzarini on July 27, 2000
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"Crossword puzzles" Working the puzzles was fun for me. Crosswords taxed my understanding of latin words. It sort of made me feel how dense i know latin words. At times, I would breeze through easily. Other exercises would make me procrastinate. At all times, the book was fun and challenge. After Crossword Puzzles in Latin, I know i have a richer latin vocabulary. For the minimal price the book is a sort of pandora o understanding. You will never know until you work them out.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By gimme a thinking nurse anyday on August 17, 2005
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Great for Latin learners or for those who want to go back and brush up their skills. Each puzzle has a word list at the bottom to help with the answers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia P Nelson on January 21, 2014
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As a crossword puzzle addict and a one-time student of Latin, I was looking forward to this book.

To start with the good points: (1)It is set up so that the solver can choose from a Latin word list or cover the list and work entirely from memory. (2)The vocabulary begins with very easy and adds more difficult words a few at a time. (3)The paperback edition is printed in ink that allows the the solver who uses pencil to consult the attached word list the first time through and then erase the answers (without erasing the diagram and numbers) and come back later to use only memory.

The first fault is that most deadly of crossword sins: In several instances the clue for a given number is omitted. This leaves the solver with no other recourse than to look up the answer and hope it is used again with its definition included.

A second fault leaves this reader puzzled. (Pun not intended) In several places words are spelled with a "ch" for the hard sound of "c". For example, the first puzzle is entitled "Prima Charta" (First Map) rather than "Prima Carta" as I would expect. Since Latin was used for several thousand years, it is possible that the spelling is correct for some era, but I have never encountered it in four years of high school Latin and a great many years of choral singing. I hope some scholar of Latin will read this far and take the trouble to enlighten me.

These faults may dim a solver's enjoyment, but the book can still lead the reader to be 'Semper Felix' (always happy).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Rapson on January 11, 2009
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I am using this in my seventh grade Latin class. The students are enjoying it and are beginning to understand the cognates in our language.
It is a fun reveiw for rusty Latin students also.
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