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on January 27, 2014
I am an entirely self-taught student of Latin, and the Cambridge series has been a big part of my learning experience, particularly this volume. The Cambridge approach is excellent for self-guided learning, breaking down complex grammar topics and supporting them with plenty of Latin text.
The lessons consist of a Latin text from an on-going, original story. The difficulty increases, but slowly. I never felt like I wasn't prepared to move on to the next stage, because new concepts are introduced one at a time. Each chapter also includes a cultural section in English, a couple of new grammar concepts, and some practice exercises.
This book is particularly good because the later chapters leave the original story behind, and turn instead to excerpts of real Latin texts. The difficulty does jump up a notch, but it's a welcome challenge.
As much as I liked it, a couple things could have been done better. I would have liked to see a more comprehensive approach to grammar, rather than having bits and pieces scattered about. I also would have liked for the answers to all exercises to be available in the back, so I could check myself.
Overall, this is an excellent book for an intermediate student, and I only wish there were more books in the series.