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Latin for Beginners (Language for Beginners) Paperback – October 29, 1993

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  • Series: Language for Beginners
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (October 29, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0746016387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746016381
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John P. Piazza on February 24, 2008
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Many Latin teachers are recognizing the benefits of approaching Latin as a means of communication in the classroom, thus tapping into students' natural language learning faculties, making the learning process more enjoyable and productive. Many Latin teachers are also frustrated with the lack of resources by means of which they could provide their students with vocabulary for expressing themselves.

I and other teachers have spent much time compiling such vocabularies from diverse and/or obscure sources. This text, however, provides most of that informaiton in a fun, accessible, and affordable text. The book is organized into 25 short chapters, each addressing. everyday situations, from meals, to the home, to telling time. Also, the latin is decent. Any teacher who already uses latin communicatively will inevitably want to make a few changes, but this is more a matter of preference than accuracy.

This is not a substitute for a high-school or college Latin textbook. It should be used as a companion or supplement. Whether one's goal is teaching Latin for communication or for reading (or some combination of the two), there is no doubt that students will "buy in" more if they possess the tools to express themselves and their world in the language. This book will help.
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By Ricardo on November 4, 2013
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Easy latin for children and beginners, you start to speak basics with friends... Lingua latina facillima discenda est.
You can use an ancient language with modern people and modern situations. I like this easy and modern book.
Lingua latina semper antiqua, semper nova.
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We are a homeschool family and use Ecce Romani for our primary text. Since most words are story specific, we needed a more general resource. Latin for Beginners fit the bill!
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This is a fun little book very much in line with the Beginner books Usborne publishes for living languages like Spanish. When you are done, you won't be reading Ovid or Caesar, but you will be able to introduce yourself, talk about what you like to do and eat and other things like that. If you're trying to give a child - or an adult, for that matter - a foundation in Latin that will make it feel like a real language, not a code to decipher, this is a great place to start.

I would use this as a precursor to Lingua Latina for an 8 or 10 year old. Adults would do well to follow this with Wheelock's, which won't be quite as dry is some of the very basics of Latin are there for review and not first learning.
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