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Latin after duolingo

Having completed the Latin course I am keen to keep progressing in the language. In particular I feel that I need to really get to grips with the grammar. Has anyone any recommendations on where to go next? Are there any other good on-line courses, either for classical or ecclesiastical Latin?

November 2, 2019



Not online but I have found Orberg's book Familia Romana is a good place to start.


You have scratched the surface with this course. No doubt it will have many revisions and it will be worthwhile to return for each new tree if the same standard of commitment remains from the teachers.

I loved LLPSI because I learnt old school Repetitio Mater Studorum. Prep chanting hard work. LLPSI makes it sound easy. At some point it becomes harder.

This course is also a beginners Latin course taught by a Priest who if he is not dead now teaches in the Vatican mainly for priests.


As those who know Latin point out there is little or no difference in Latin grammar or study whether Classical or Ecclesiastical. As one commenter pointed out Ecclesisatical style after going thru an early dark ages period of rejecting pagan influences pretty much became wannabe Cicero.

From the above course you'll see also when you learn you'll probably learn classical texts and then move onto Ecclesiastical it's easier to see how things change that way.

It's a tough course. LLPSI is easier. This one is the easiest. In terms of on-line books you can get more than you will ever have time or inclination to read. Archive.org. or openlibrary.org are a couple of sites you might try. The latter gives you 2 weeks and deadlines help with reading goals.

For adults there are more choices these days. Oxford or Cambrdige Latin are slightly more hard core than LLPSI but they too rely on learning grammar in context via extensive reading. Reading loads skimming almost as opposed to intensive reading as you might tear apart a paragraph of Shakespeare.

Adult latin books Latina pro Populo by some chap, A natural history of latin by Tore Jansen a linguist. In the end you can choose. Either grammar intensive with drills using a very limited vocabulary to learn each grammar point usually by writing in single sentences.

Or extensive reading picking up grammar via context and learning a massive amount of vocab. Or treating Latin as a living language. Which becomes popular every hundred years or so given that copyright laws never last that long you can always pick up copies of techniques now considered cutting edge from previous centuries.

But pick a course and tuck your head down because it's not going to be easy whichever course you try. But its really easy to give advice or just to listen to advic and not to any of the work at all.


Thank you all for your suggestions. I have had a quick look at the Familia Romana of LLPSI, finding a Youtube channel, "scorpio martinus", whose presenter reads through the chapters and the conversations associated with each. So I'll see how I get on with that in the first instance.


I know some people love using the book Lingua Latina per se illustrata (I'm currently focussing on other languages, so I haven't had more than a brief look at it). Here's the link to the pdf:



If you want to get a grasp of the grammar, (not just reading Latin as it is). I recommend Wheelock's Latin, it is a tried and true textbook which focuses heavily on the grammar translation method of Latin instruction. It can get dry, but any question you have will be answered in there.


Not sure about online, but the Cambridge Latin course is a surprisingly fun read with helpful grammar. I think they have online resources, but they are probably more supplementary. Good for understanding Latin internet memes, though, as most come from this course.

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