- Paperback: 224 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 0.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 343 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,270 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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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!
English is not my first language so I can feel how it looks like to start learning a new language, MOTIVATION
And the way to motivate me?
Telling me something interesting. I don't want to start with apple or tree. Well, Getting started with Latin starts with nauta, stella, maybe some of the most beautiful words in the world to me.
Don't let me guess like Rosetta Stone, that's not my way of learning, why just show me words and sentences in endless repetition rather than just letting me know the answer, the meaning of the word and the grammar used? I can handle these things right now since I'm not a child anymore. (I say this because I still remember how I was frustrated by some simple English grammar rules when I was a child, now I can memorize the first and second declension in a much natural way, so ,just tell me)
Not too basic for too long. Well, this is so great about this book, I finished it in 2.5 week with daily effort(I mean understand every word in every sentence in this book), that's really a balance between the time you spent and the content you learnt.
There's much more. One great feature in this book is the Latin Expression, which introduces many interesting Latin usage in modern world, the author does not explain a lot on that except the meaning and historic background. How can I say this is part of a motivation. Because some of them can not be explained using what you have learnt in this book. And I'm just happy to continue my Latin study in order to, say, find the Latin background behind them.
Another thing I need to mention is the free audio commentary from My Linney, which is a very helpful companion to the book, or say, it is an essential part for the learning, it's just like somebody is really teaching you something and Mr Linney explained a lot of details that you might be at first confused when reading the book
(I actually have a feeling here, if you are no longer a child, a teacher who can explain to you is extremely important, yes of course, if you can figure out something that would be wonderful, but even that, a teacher is indispensable for learning, I can safely say the audio commentary from Mr Linney makes this book worth every penny for a Latin starter, not because he teaches you something more, but because he saved your precious time and lead you the way you should learn the knowledge.)
All in all, Getting started with Latin is a very good introductory book for Latin. I never think that I can get any fluency in Latin after finishing this book, but I think Mr Linney just succeeded in bringing the beauty of Latin to me, say, with the words and the grammar(I can really feel the beauty of the Latin Grammar now, when I was learning French, since the grammar is not very different from English, so many times I just get bored)
I highly recommend this book to anyone want to study Latin as a complete beginner.(even you say you are a serious learner and want a more formal and academic book. it just takes you 2 weeks, and it will boost your enthusiasm, that's the two week definitely worth taking)