- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Focus; 2 edition (March 1, 2011)
- Language: Latin
- ISBN-10: 1585104205
- ISBN-13: 978-1585104208
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 102 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lingua Latina per se Illustrata, Pars I: Familia Romana (Latin Edition) (Latin) 2nd Edition
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Sporting full-color illustrations, this edition of Familia Romana adds vividness to Hans Orberg’s already premiere textbook for learning Latin through the natural method. As part of the Lingua Latina: per se illustrata series, Familia Romana presents grammar and vocabulary through context, illustrations, and a well-developed system of notes. By not having to constantly translate, students come to understand the Latin through itself and are prepared for thinking in the language. Although the text is accessible to students as young as 9, the test is advanced enough for college-aged learners, and beyond. Since it is written entirely in Latin, Orberg’s series can communicate to students regardless of their native tongue. Thus, no list of vocabulary and translations is provided in this volume. FOCUS Publishing does, however, provide free vocabulary lists with translations at http://focusbookstore.com/LLdownloads.aspx.
In my own experience as a Latin student, it was not until I used the Lingua Latina series that I really came to understood Latin grammar. Even though it also strengthened my ability to both write and speak in Latin, it was my ability to understand texts and to sight read that was most improved. I enjoyed the edition without illustrations and found it most useful, but this edition proved an upgrade. The more vivid illustrations gave me stronger mental images for the vocabulary I was learning. I recommend this version of Familia Romana most warmly.
- http://www.bookwormsblog.com/, 09/01/2011
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Hans Ørberg’s Lingua Latina per se Illustrata is the world’s premiere textbook for Learning Latin via the Natural Method. Students first learn grammar and vocabulary intuitively through extended contextual reading and an innovative system of marginal notes. It is the only textbook currently available that gives students the opportunity to learn Latin without resorting to translation, but allows them to “think” in the language. It is also the most popular text for teachers, at both the secondary and collegiate levels, who wish to incorporate conversational skills into their classroom practice.
Lingua Latina incorporates the following features:
- The most comprehensive treatment of Latin grammar available in an elementary textbook
- A vocabulary of almost 1,800 words, reinforced by constant and creatively phrased repetition, vastly expands the potential for later sight reading
- A complete line of ancillary volumes, exercises, and readers both in print and online
Seasoned secondary and college teachers often find their own reading facility enhanced by using Lingua Latina.
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My only complaint is that since I downloaded it for use on my Kindle Fire 7 via the cloud reader the features are seriously lacking. Primarily because the text does not rotate for wide screen viewing and because of this the text is incredibly small. The plain reading text is a slight strain and the side information or words and definitions are mostly unreadable except in the most favorable of lighting situations. I'm not sure if all these problems are due to the fact that it wasn't actually formatted for my version of Kindle Fire 7. IMHO, if your going to make an ebook available and charge money for it take into account your customers and achieve an acceptable degree of functionality so that it actually makes more sense to purchase it an ebook version as opposed to a printed version.
I'm someone who started Latin late in life as my college language requirement, using Wheelock's and the grammar first approach. I feel like I would not have had success in learning the Orberg way without that formal grammar background, but that is my own sentiment.
The order in which this book thinks about and uses Latin in combination with a clever and cumulative approach to its storytelling is a lovely thing, and if you are interested in this book and familiar with its goal of teaching Latin with Latin, get it. It's a lovely primer.
Unfortunately, for me at least, the readings are mostly uninteresting. They aren't really stories - they lack most of the elements that make a story: interesting characters or situations, suspense and meaningful stakes, obstacles and villains, character transformation, etc. There are some more interesting accounts of myths, etc. toward the end. But, overall, I found the readings tedious, which is a major drawback for a self-learner like me trying to self-motivate to study. If you can force yourself read this book, you will learn a lot of Latin, however. I use this book as additional Latin practice, after other books.
I also bought the audio readings for this book. As a self-learner, these have been invaluable to hear how things should be pronounced. I also like to just repeatedly listen to get a better feel for the language. The audio is quite expensive - EXCEPT for here on Amazon, where it's sold a drastically lower price. It is here: Familia Romana: Latine Audio. This is the classical pronunciation. There is also a "church Latin" pronunciation available, found here: Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata Pars I: Familia Romana Latine Audio: Ecclesiastical Pronunciation.
I'm an adult learning Latin on my own. I like to also learn grammar along the way. So I have decided to use this book a supplement, to practice reading Latin. My main book will be the Cambridge series, which I love. The first book is Cambridge Latin Course Unit 1 Student's Text North American edition. (There is also a cheaper paperback version.) I believe there are grammar supplements for this Lingua Latina series, too, but I had heard good things about the Cambridge books so I just went with that. I was also feeling a bit poor after paying so much for this book (I bought the Cambridge books used and very cheap.)
After reading through half of this book, I must say that this Roman family is rather amusing. We get jokes out of it in class, but we could be just silly. It makes reading latin rather enjoyable.
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