Oliver Kasenne
How can I best begin learning Latin? Hello, all! I am attempting to learn Latin (I started a couple days ago) and so far have watched several YouTube videos. In the future, I plan on buying a couple textbooks and possibly getting a tutor. However, I don't think that'll be enough. Is there any method/article/channel/book that can help me as I try to learn?
Dec 10, 2016 10:29 PM
Answers · 3
Another approach is to read Latin right from the start! There is a series by Hans Orberg called "Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata." It is 100% in Latin, but very carefully designed so that the pictures and hints, as well as the slowly increasing difficulty of the text, build your vocab and grammar in a comfortable way. I've been using it in teaching for a few years now, and I find that students find it more fun and more useful than other methods. I myself was trained in a very grammar heavy traditional way, where we just read and translate stuff that's way above our level. I like and can do that kind of grammar analysis/puzzles too, but now with "active" methods like Orberg's I'm able to speak and write Latin too. That's helped my fluency and vocabulary in a big way. I can now read moderately complex texts without looking at a dictionary much, almost like I would in any modern language I was fluent in. I don't translate into my native language, I just read. It's a big, but worthwhile, shift. I'm also available here on iTalki as a tutor if you want help with your Latin! Best, Jamie Banks
January 11, 2017
I'm here, I'm a Latin teacher. If you want, you can call me, to get some information, to my skype contact: tiziano.latini or, if you want, you can call or whatsapp me on my mobile phone: +393284682492 See you soon. Keep in touch. Sincerely Dr. Tiziano
December 26, 2016
Wheelock's Latin is an excellent textbook, and the accompanying 39 Latin stories is also worth the investment. Several universities have online Latin resources you can look into; and there are anki flash cards for vocab. I'd recommend finding a forum specifially for enthusiasts, who will probably be more helpful than italki members who are mostly learning living languages. I know there are several out there.
December 10, 2016
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Oliver Kasenne
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