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!
This good old book is definitely geared toward the parsing-for-Caesar's-wars crowd, but it's still fun for those studying Ecclesiastical Latin. I assign these to my students sometimes. (Shhh--don't tell them these answers are here!)
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 →
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 →
I've learned from my students two things that make Latin study tough, which I would like to share with all of you!
Q: What is meant by "case"? (Any why doesn't it matter which way words are arranged in a Latin sentence?)
Here are some places to find Latin words for new things you may need to talk about, such as best-sellers and mountain bikes.
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 →
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 →