- 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,197 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 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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
My son is 7. After spending a few years, off and on, on Rosetta Stone Latin (which I don't recommend, except very slightly for making the language seem familiar, but without really teaching much about it that sticks), we were ready for something that moved us forward. This fits the bill very well for us. This very usefully introduces at least one conjugation and first and second declensions, as well as quite a few vocabulary items. In order to introduce all that, the book introduces quite a few essential grammar concepts. This may sound difficult but the book makes it quite painless—simply a matter of translating ten rather easy sentence per lesson, building systematically on previous lessons as good language methods do.
It helps us a great deal to have Linney's pronunciations and notes available on his website.
In short, Linney set out to create an excellent bare-bones absolute-beginner Latin method, one that would give students the concepts they need to tackle grammar-translation Latin methods later; and I think he's succeeded quite well.
After this we'll be taking up D'Ooge's Latin for Beginners. Of course, that's pretty advanced advanced for a 7-year-old, but between Papa's experience with languages, hand-holding, and Linney's excellent groundwork, I think we'll make a great start. If not, we can always try one of the more reading-oriented methods like the Cambridge one.