- Paperback: 194 pages
- Publisher: Armfield Academic Press; Bilingual edition (June 1, 2007)
- Language: English, Latin
- ISBN-10: 0979505100
- ISBN-13: 978-0979505102
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 351 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Getting Started with Latin: Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age (English and Latin Edition) Bilingual Edition
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About the Author
A native of North Carolina, William E. Linney holds both a bachelors degree and a masters 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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As others have stated this book can be finished quickly--not in half an hour as one reviewer put it, but a week is enough time for a serrious adult student to master the material in this course. At the end of the book you will have encountered basic declensions, a smattering of verbs and around 100 words . This approximates the amount of material covered by the first 40 pages of Wheelock's Latin. After completing this book, students continuing their study of Latin will need to use another introductory text.
Now for the good news:
This is the best format for learning Latin I've seen! Each lesson clearly introduces one word or grammatical concept in two paragraphs or less, followed by ten example sentences that cover the lesson topic and review past lessons. Best of all, the sentences include only vocabulary covered in the book! This is the exact opposite of other Latin books that rely on dense grammatical explanations without many useful examples. Following this method the learner never feels overwhelmed, after learning a few nouns and verbs, one can quickly and naturally move on to correctly produce simple sentences. This is no small feat considering the fact that Latin nouns change based on case.
Although the author's voice reminds one more of a cowboy than a consul, the fact that he provides free MP3 recordings for each lesson in both ecclesiastical and classical pronounciation on his website is fantastic. This is the only Latin textbook I've found that offers so much audio material for free online.
This book needs a sequel or better yet two--ASAP!
UPDATE: We've gone through 1/3 of the book. My kids are now 7 and 10. We've been doing one lesson twice per week so as not to overwhelm them. We do no other formal study of grammar. After 1/3 of the book, they both understand and can translate most exercises. They understand basic grammar as this book presents it, and 3 cases for nouns and how to use them. I'm really amazed. I personally speak 3 languages fluently and partially many others, and I think this way of teaching a language is superior to a lot of other books I've seen that teach in a cutesy way various words. For a native English speaker, it is very difficult to understand the conjugation of nouns and verbs in other languages. This book focuses so simply on that making further study of the language much simpler. Highly recommend!
1. get this book
2. get Lingua Latina
3. love Latin as much as I do