I'd like to build a network of Latin teachers who are Catholic, whether they teach Ecclesiastical or Classical Latin, whether they have a classroom or teach online, whether they help with a co-op or have their own dedicated classes.
Motivational Blues: Pt. 2
It's really a huge project, learning Latin. It, uh...takes awhile. At long last, here is Part 2 of the post about common causes of feeling unmotivated in the middle of your Latin studies.
Help with Participles
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 →
Latin Books: in French, Spanish, Irish, Etc.
Although I'm currently a small-town American who has never been outside of the USA, I'm lucky enough to have this website which gets views from all over the world. Speakers of many languages are intersted in Church Latin, hurrah! Inspired by this, I am starting a collection of Latin resources for many languages here. Feel... Continue Reading →
Thinking of Starting with Latin?
I've learned from my students two things that make Latin study tough, which I would like to share with all of you!
LNM Readings: Some Recordings
Salvete, Omnes! For those of you starting out on the grand old road of Latin study with Fr. William Most and his excellent Latin by the Natural Method as your guide, I present recordings of the Latin texts in the first four chapters of the textbook. (Eventually I hope to have the whole book recorded,... Continue Reading →
Latin Beginner’s Question: Cases & Word Order
Q: What is meant by "case"? (Any why doesn't it matter which way words are arranged in a Latin sentence?)
“Ping-Pong” in Latin, and Other Concepts
Here are some places to find Latin words for new things you may need to talk about, such as best-sellers and mountain bikes.
The “Hand Rule” for Latin Gender
Courtesy of the Teacher's Manual to Latin by the Natural Method, I learned a mnemonic for remembering the gender of many of the Latin nouns in 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th declensions. (3rd has many of each gender, so those are a different story!) I have made a PDF of the "Hand Rule" to illustrate... Continue Reading →
The Motivational Blues: Pt. 1
Sometimes it’s just painful. As an autodidact, you have taken responsibility for learning Latin by your own disciplined efforts. The first two days, it was fantastic, wasn't it? Full of exuberance and excitement, you put in the time eagerly. And then...reality hit. After a short time, you met a wall. And that is when you... Continue Reading →