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Best books for learning Latin?
June 21, 2012
09:26
tiernan
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I have Cambridge Latin and The Everything Learning Latin Book, as well as a copy of Wheelock's Latin from the library, which I plan to buy soon. Is there anything else that comes recommended? Has anyone here taught themselves Latin? 

I have some background in it- when I was 12/13 I took a Latin class, but that was a while ago, and now I need to learn it fairly well by August. If anyone here has taught themselves Latin (or even learnt it well through a class), I'd love some advice. What were things you stumbled over? And (to keep it positive!) was there anything you found particularly easy and/or enjoyable about it? 

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June 21, 2012
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Cambridge Latin is truly good, so that's on your side. It has lots of reading. Everything Learning Latin Book is ok. Wheelock's is fantastic if and ONLY IF you need to learn Latin in a real hurry and don't mind it being a linguistic puzzle as opposed to a real language. I wouldn't spend the money unless you are required to buy it as part of a class or have piles of the stuff. 

 

The absolute top resource is Ørberg's Lingua Latina per se Illustrata. It is entirely in Latin and works forward in difficulty pretty naturally. You'll need to order it off of Amazon. Teach Yourself Latin looks ok, since it has plenty of readings and is easy to get. Artes Latinae is pretty good if you've got a ton of money and want to use a computer. Its accompanying readers (Letciones Primae and Secundae) may be worth the money (and frustration) for extra practice even if you don't use Artes Latinae. Lectiones Secundae is particularly good for extra practice when you get past the beginning. There are other readers out there, but Lingua Latina and Cambridge would probably provide enough practice.

 

If you're looking to really learn Latin, you're going to need to read and read and read—unless you're looking to speak it too. In that case, I don't know how much I can help, because I don't know how I pulled the trick off. Traupman's Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency is one of a very few that emphasize speaking Latin, but it isn't really a textbook. The opportunities to speak Latin are few and far between and usually assume you already know the language. 

 

Also, the morphology isn't as scary as it looks. You're going to need to learn it, but not as thoroughly as you might think at the beginning. I say this because of my experience with Ancient Greek. Latin verbs can have as many as 134 different forms (if memory serves), but you'll see them so often that they'll get natural. I couldn't conjugate a Greek verb, but I know 'em when I see 'em.

 

Bonam fortunam!

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June 24, 2012
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Thanks a ton! And yes, I do need to learn it in a hurry and absolutely do not mind treating it as a linguistic puzzle. Right now I just want to read it, so I'm going to be drilling myself regularly and focusing a lot on getting through Wheelock and then I plan to continue working while trying to write a couple pages in a journal every day using Latin and read then translate a bit of Latin text as well, so I can develop the skills on both sides that are needed. 

Thanks again!

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June 26, 2012
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In the long run, you'll have to make the jump from linguistic puzzle to natural language. I'd tell you how to make that jump, but the answer would seem to be reading—but your German and Spanish should help quite a bit. 

 

Writing Latin is another story altogether. Don't journal it if it isn't answers to exercises. Blog it online and in public. I truly believe it is one of the keys to my ability. That and keep reading and copy the experts. There is an online Latin-speaking community. I think Grex Latine Loquentium. 

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January 17, 2013
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I was also a latin bignner last year and started searching for books and articals for that.

But find very few to be a starting of that so overall i got very few in that and then i have started to find somthing online and got very god topics .

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