For those waiting for a Latin course here on Duo . . .
Really good video about studying Latin with the goal of becoming fluent, emphasizing extensive reading and featuring, especially, Lingua Latina per se Illustrata, and beyond.
The author, "deka glossai" has just started posting on YouTube after a pause of two years or more. Judging from the first new videos and from his old ones (which are no longer online), this will be a valuable series for language learners, discussing ancient and modern languages..
Lingua Latina per se Illustrata is one hell of a book. I used it when beginning Latin years ago, and I made more progress in less time than with any other beginner's course.
Even its grammar notes are in Latin, and you don't notice. After a couple of chapters. :)
How can you learn if everything, even the grammar notes, are in a language you don't yet speak?
The same way you learn as a child- exposure. The book has plentiful pictures, and starts with extremely simple sentences, gradually increasing in complexity.
The meaning of all new words is made extremely clear through context, illustration and, later in the book, explanation in Latin.
Interesting approach. Could you go into more detail with your experience with the book? Like what level would you say it brought you up to?
It starts very slowly, but picks up the pace reasonably quickly, introducing new grammatical concepts quite frequently.
I should point out that the book wasn't my only source- I was studying a grammar alongside it, and also using the Cambridge Latin course. Because of this, I can't really comment on its efficacy as a sole learning tool. It definitely helped with my ability to sight read Latin without consulting mental declension charts. :)
I can highly recommend the Cambridge course if you don't feel that Lingua Latina is for you, by the way.
Thanks. I'm not learning Latin, at least not yet, anyway, but the method has me intrigued.
You can get an idea by listening to the "text" part of the first chapter, which you can hear online read by the author (look for "first chapter" in my comment to this thread). A few caveats:
- the first chapter starts out very slowly and simply, and the interest picks up as the book progresses; the whole book is not all this simple minded
- there is a grammar section (also completely in Latin) to the chapter that is not read here but is integral to the method
The recording just referred to is part of the software for the course, which includes text and audio, or it is available on its own. It is well worth obtaining if you are interested in following the method.
Mr_Eyl is right that this book (etc.) is really helpful, whether it is your primary means of study or a supplement.
Thanks for the link. I found a different website that's great for learning latin but sadly there's no audio. Since my name is in Latin (short for Deogracias) I found interest in learning the language :)
Besides the audio mentioned in the YouTube video and elsewhere in this thread, you can hear 5 minutes of a weekly news bulletin here, w/ corresponding text. They--momentarily, I hope--seem to be having trouble w/ their HTML. Try "Barack Obama Hiroshimam visit," which is working now. Click on the title, which will take you to a page offering audio and text ("Lataa" will allow you to download the audio to your computer, too), or click on the little right-facing triangle to simply listen to the audio.
There are several other sites online that have Latin audio to listen to, in both the "restored" and "ecclesiastical" pronunciations. Depending on the site, the restored accents will vary, slightly, among themselves. If you want more links than the above, please ask.
What is the website you referred to?
There is Le Française par la « méthode nature », which was put out in the same series that originally published Lingua Latina per se Illustrata. I don't know if this French book is good or not, but you can find it for sale used, and there are PDFs to look at online, to see what you think. If it's anywhere near as good as the Latin book, it would be well worth obtaining.
You're quite welcome. I hope it will be useful. Whichever way you go about learning it, French is worth the effort involved.
If you're interested mostly in reading, this book, which is a little old but teaches enough good literary French to begin reading successfully, did the trick for me, just working all the way through it doing all the exercises, questions to answers and then answers to questions. (You can find used copies quite cheaply. often under $10. If you do buy it, buy a hardcover copy, as the paperbacks fall apart.)
I wonder how the situation with the contributors for the Latin course looks like. I'd love to learn it on Duolingo but even courses with much more greater numbers of people who can apply (and from what I've read, do apply) are not yet in beta (Arabic...). Hope to see it here soon, though :)
Thank You for this... It makes sense to Me that learning Latin first would help the Spanish languages seem somewhat easier because of the derivations of most words. I look forward to duolingo offering a Latin course as well! :+)