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Someone Know A Good Website To Learn Latin?

I'm already using Memrise to learn Latin and it's a Duolingo style type course. So does anybody know a good language learning websites that has Latin. I wish Duolingo had Latin :(

July 23, 2016

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AFAIK, there is nothing comparable to Duo online that teaches Latin. Here's a post on the subj.. from about 7 months ago:

. . . On Duolingo there is an informal course being presented in these Discussions that is very nice.

. . . Most Latin texts are old-fashioned grammar/translation methods. If you do not mind that way of learning there are many to choose from. Wheelock's Latin (although it has been jazzed up recently to no great advantage), Latin: An Intensive Course, by Moreland and Fleischer (it is intensive), Teach Yourself Latin, by G. Betts are good to excellent. The first has answers to only the "Optional Self-Tutorial Exercises" at the end of the book, and the Betts book has a key to all its exercises; the other two do not have keys. There are other methods available to buy that are probably as good.

For similar books online of the same sort but usually older, look at the "Latin Books with Keys" section on this page; many are good; the Adler book is quite thorough, if rather non standard (the English is dated, as he lived in the 1800s and was a friend of Herman Melville's, but the Latin is pretty good for the basics). Also the Betts book mentioned above is available to download, as is a predecessor by F. K. Smith, which also has a complete key. Most of these books can be bought inexpensively, used.

Some books to download and a useful forum are at textkit.

A very friendly listserv offers group "lessons" every so often, where participants read the text (usually the Wheelock primer mentioned above, or a primer of Biblical Latin), send in an assignment every week or two by e-mail and compare their answers; there are also groups there that read original Latin texts in the same way.

If you are willing to wait until next September, a very enjoyable course should start then, which works its way through the older Assimil Latin method, once a year. But I'd suggest you start now, and then add the course in Sept.

A "natural method" book is Lingua Latina per se illustrata, which basically bootstraps Latin by using nothing but Latin, and it is well written and effective. This link presents the text of the first chapter with its audio. The whole book continues in just this way. If you think you would like it, I'd recommend getting the software ("Interactive Latin Course") if you can, which is just like what you see and hear in the video linked to--however, be warned that the programming is intensely primitive, and sometimes it's easier just to view the course's text in .pdf and listen to the audio on its own--both are on the CD. Look it up at amazon.com as the American publisher's webpage has it listed as "out of stock." It's now being distributed by a different firm in the U.S. , and it looks like the prices are being jacked up, so proceed with caution. But then again, there's always hope that the software of the course will be improved.

For practice you might try Bliu Bliu, which is free (but annoying because of their time slicing) or available for a low monthly premium (and not annoying).

So, how do you like to learn? If you do not mind an old-fashioned grammar/translation approach, you'll have by far the most choice. If you can hack Lingua Latina per se illustrata or the older Assimil course, they're both excellent, too.

Speaking of Lingua Latina per se illustrata, here is a recent YouTube video suggesting how to use it to learn Latin.

There is a lot of material here, some of it gratis, some of it for sale, but not at high prices. His recordings are not easy listening (IMHO), but many people say they are helpful, and his selection of materials really is great.

The Adler book, besides being available, recorded, on the site just mentioned, has been edited and modernized in a series of e-books. Look here under "Ereader Latin" (you want The Art of Everyday Latin, parts 1-III). Also, on this site is a "Reading Acceleration Machine" that is very useful when you're beginning to read something more than individual sentences.

You may find some of the materials listed at lexcity helpful.

There are at least a couple of sites that offer little noun-declining and verb-conjugating exercises online. If such interest you, I can probably find their addresses.

Anyway, that isn't really what you're asking for, but it's what I've got. Whether any of this will be helpful depends on how you like to study. I hope you'll find something of use to you.


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Deo and everyone, here are some resources for Latin roots and two sites for learning Latin.

I used this material (English from the Roots Up) for Latin and Greek roots. What I like about this material is it gives you not only what the Latin root generically means, but also examples of how those roots are used in words. i.e. bishop uses the Latin root scopus which means "to see" and a bishop is an overseer. Although it is not free (15 bucks or so), it is an excellent resource and well worth the money. https://www.amazon.com/English-Roots-Up-Flashcards-Vol/dp/1885942133

I have not used any of the below and therefore cannot give an opinion about them.

Here are two links to online free Latin roots. I've never used them and, of course, am partial to the above. http://www.studystack.com/flashcard-14490 https://quizlet.com/681039/latin-roots-flash-cards/

This is a link to materials at St. Louis University's site: http://www.slu.edu/colleges/AS/languages/classical/latin/tchmat/gr-helps.html

This is a free online class: http://www.linneyslatinclass.com/

Good luck to you!


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I wish I could give you a source for learning Latin, however I would like to encourage you on your way!

Learning Latin and at the absolute bare minimum learning Latin roots, will improve your vocabulary in many languages on so many levels. Although I didn't teach my children Latin, I did teach them Latin roots. Knowing those roots enables one to analyze unfamiliar words and rather than blindly guess the meaning, you will be able to make an intelligent hypothesis. (Doesn't work for all words.)

Here is an example of how knowing Latin roots can help you. I know squat in Portuguese, but when I was in church in Brazil with my daughter, the lyrics to the songs were projected onto the wall. I read one and asked my daughter if the song said something about (blah blah blah). "Not fair, Mom! You've been here 4 days!" "Hannah, half those words have Latin roots. I need to rescind your diploma."

Come to think of it Deo, I might be able to find "homeschool" materials that teach Latin. I'll look around for you.


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Most there have basically said everything, although I'd like to add that there's a great forum on where you can learn and practice Latin as well with others. It's called Latin Discussion. On the site you can exercise Ancient Greek as well, if you happen to have learnt or are learning it.

Every now and then, I look for it when I want to understand the Duolingo Latin informal course a bit better.

Hope this helps!

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