For the brave souls in Intermediate and Advanced Latin, may I present a checklist of things to keep in mind when rendering your thoughts into Latin...
Studying Latin on your own, and wish you had a professor you could ask questions? Studying with a class, but the grammar still seems murky and you are too intimidated to ask questions? This book is for you. I wish I had written this book!
Here are some "Drill Masters" inspired by the work of Fr. Paul Distler adjusted to be used with Lessons 10, 11, and 12 of Fr. Most's Latin by the Natural Method.
A dash of verb + a pinch of adjective = a participle. (After declining thoroughly, sprinkle liberally over your sentences.) Participles: Latin has three kinds. These verbal adjectives do everything: sometimes are the main verb of a clause, sometimes serve as the subject of a sentence (and do other noun jobs, when they are substantives),... Continue Reading →
These are the very first steps to sentence diagramming. Of course there's way more to know--but these are the very basics that will get you started. Keep this mental tool handy when you really want to get inside the grammar of a sentence!
It feels like everyone involved in creating this work really, really loved the Latin language. It is bursting with helpful charts and examples!
Learning Latin often feels like swimming in a strange sea of grammar. It's tricky, but persist, persist! Soon you will surf the waves of that ocean with joy, I promise, just keep at it! In the meantime, to help make it easier, here's a diagram for you. This picture illustrates things the forms/endings of a... Continue Reading →
(Latina pro Parvulis--Latin for Kids, pt. II) I like to get students working to read real Latin as soon as possible. Thanks to an ancient book called the Disticha Catonis, this is really possible after only a few Latin concepts have been introduced. Here's a project I've done with a roomful of 40 fifth-graders, and... Continue Reading →