- Series: Henle Latin
- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Loyola Press; First Year edition (June 1, 1958)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0829410260
- ISBN-13: 978-0829410266
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The text is designed for high school (and three more volumes follow this first year text), but could be used as early as 6th or 7th grade if taken at a slower pace and with some supplementation. Its companion Grammar volume is an essential component.
Henle uses a relatively brief vocabulary (focused primarily on Caesar's Gallic wars) in order to hone in on the grammar concepts. By the end of this book, a student should have a solid foundation and be ready to start translating some basic Ancient texts. This text does assume a certain grammar foundation prior to tackling Latin. Some of this can be reviewed while studying the Latin. A helpful prior grammar understanding would include: basic diagramming and an understanding of the following terms: subject, verb, direct object, indirect object, pronoun, adjective, adverb, conjunction, preposition, possessive adjective, predicatve nominative, etc.
The downside of the limited vocabulary is that the rather un-varying vocabulary can make the book somewhat tedious. In our homeschool co-op, where I've been teaching Henle to a group of teens, it has worked quite well to spread this text out over two years, but supplement with other material.Read more ›
Those things said, I will hasten to add that its vintage status and its Jesuit authorship mean one thing for those who are not overly sensitive to the decidedly un-PC: you WILL learn Latin. You will know Latin so thoroughly well that you will be able to read it without difficulty. Because Henle, you see, like a good Jesuit, assumes that you will need to do more than just recognize the words. He assumes that you will need to express yourself intelligently in Latin. Unlike many modern texts, which operate on the unfortunate assumption that English-to-Latin translation is unnecessary, Henle's text is replete with exercises that require just that. The result being that you will actually learn how to use the cases, thereby gaining a greater understanding of what they actually mean in Latin usage.
As for the subject matter, it is fairly well balanced between vocabulary that is classical (think Caesar's Gallic Wars) and ecclesiastical, both of which are important for a well-rounded Latin experience. Henle marches you systematically through the five noun declensions and the accompanying adjectival declensions and drills you thoroughly before he starts throwing conjugation at you, which is, to my mind, about the best way to handle the first foray into the oft-underappreciated complexities of this fascinating language.
All in all, an awesome old-school throwback to a time when Latin was seriously taught for a particular level of real mastery. My only regret is that Henle never wrote a corresponding series for Greek.
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