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Learn to Read Latin Bilingual Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0300102154
ISBN-10: 0300102151
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"This book offers an excellent introduction to Latin, significantly improving upon Wheelock's Latin and other existing textbooks that follow a grammar-oriented approach."-John F. Miller, University of Virginia

About the Author

Andrew Keller is associate professor of the classics at Colgate University. Stephanie Russell is a classics teacher at Collegiate School in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Series: Yale Language Series
  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Bilingual edition (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300102151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300102154
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Despite the resurgence of popularity of Latin in high schools and colleges, materials for learning real classical Latin have not always been satisfactory. Too often the student has been left with a serious shock when s/he moves from elementary into intermediate and advanced Latin. Keller and Russell's "Learn to Read Latin" solves that major problem in Latin pedagaogy. In fact, a highly motivated student who successfully completed this entire 15-unit course could aspire to enter an advanced level Latin course, entirely bypassing the usual "intermediate" level. How does this book manage to do that? For starters, the vocabulary notes actually explain the nuances of meanings found in authentic Latin texts. The chapters often include supplements on such things as Roman names, the scansion of Latin poetry, archaic forms found in certain authors, even the colloquial Latin greetings and interjections so frequent in Roman comedy. While most elementary Latin courses are very far removed from the world of real Latin texts, Keller and Russell's volume embraces it. Some may complain that the book is too hard (as if Latin is "easy" to master)...but with appropriate pacing for the level (high school, college, intensive work, self-study), this book should be usable by any aspiring Latin student. Unlike many modern textbooks, the book is beautifully printed and bound. As a professor of classics, I can't see how there are any other choices now for elementary Latin in serious competition with this course.
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Finally, a text book worthy of the language! Learn to Read Latin is the best Latin textbook out there, and don't let stodgy traditionalists or snake-oil salesmen tell you differently. LEARN TO READ LATIN prepares students quickly to read real Latin with its excellent grammatical excercises and explanations. Nearly every chapter has actual passages of real Latin that students can read with little assistance. Most people learn Latin TO READ LATIN. As obvious as this may seem, most of the textbooks out there don't prepare students young or old for the ultimate reward of reading Latin authors in their original text. Texts like Ecce, Oxford, and Cambridge prepare students for nothing else but to read made up stories using the most obscure vocabulary. The greatest folly in modern Latin pedagogy is the attempt to mimic the instruction of modern foreign languages. Students may delight in learning how to say "fork" or "kitchen" in Latin, but when will they encounter these words in Caesar or Cicero? NEVER. If you are interested in mastering Latin, BUY THIS BOOK!
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The book is concise and easy to follow. The text moves in a logical sequence and offers great guidelines to facilitate learning. My only complaint is that the book is in two parts, and this was not made very clear to me when I purchased the book(s), since after ordering what I though was a single text, I received only Part II. Additionally, there seems to be a workbook necessary to practice the language, if a student is not using the text in a classroom.
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This is the book that my university chose for new students to use. I think it has worked well for most people. A quick note though, if you plan to carry this book around with you (if you are a student) GET THE HARDCOVER. I have yet to meet a second year student whose paperback is not in two(2) completely seperate pieces.
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I recommend this book to fans of Wheelock and Moreland & Fleischer. It has all of their virtues, and few of their flaws; in addition there are countless unadulterated extracts from Latin texts.
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This book is designed to be used with the corresponding workbook (or an instructor's supplements) - If you're using it outside a formal classroom setting you want to get the set: Learn to Read Latin (Paper Set) (Yale Language Series)

That said, LTRL is a wonderfully complete introduction to Latin. It's perfect for someone refreshing his knowledge (as I am). It will appear to be fast paced, but that's easily controlled by using the section numbers as guides and going to the workbook whenever it's indicated in the text. The workbook has far more exercises and drills than are typically seen. So far my approach has been to do about a third of each group, another third when I've finished a chapter, and leave the remainder for review in the future.

LTRL would seem to be perfect for older home school students. Be aware however that it's designed to be an intensive course so there's no "spoon feeding". The parent or instructor will need to be able to portion the material in whatever way is appropriate for his or her students.
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The authors have done a superb job in organizing the material clearly and concisely. The book has a main part which consists in the fundamental elements of grammar and vocabulary. A myriad of notes contribute the in-depth knowledge of the exceptions and special cases in grammar. Also, the theory is explained with copious quotations from classical authors.

My only objection so far--which I'm sure will be removed as I move forward--would be that the authors do not treat, for instance, the adjectives at a single location of the book, but it's spread; so you have to wait 100 pages to learn the next feature of the adjectives. But this is very personal.

Anyways. I have the Cambridge Latin, but I prefer Keller&Russell by all means.
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