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Old Apr 12, '08, 6:24 am
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Any one used this to learn Latin?

I have ordered Latina Christiana 1 on DVD, I know it is for ages 8-14 but though as I do not know the language, I had better start at a basic level and work up.

So are the lessons any good for an adult beginner.


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We all have to start somewhere. I've kinda been wanting to learn latin. But I procrastinate so badly that I'd about have to have someone teaching me. That, and use stuff like you got.
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Old Apr 12, '08, 7:19 am
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I have been attempting to learn Latin for a long time and the only resources I keep finding are on classical latin.

I managed to get hold of Collin's Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin, but found it hard to self study, so I will try Latina Christiana and progres from there.
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You might find some help in this thread Latin resources

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I think it's one of the best programs out there for beginning Latin learners.

Each lesson begins with a Latin phrase - e.g. Ora et Labora (Pray and Work) - and the history behind it. Some of these are phrases you may have heard before, yet not known the meaning of.

Then there is a list of 10 vocabulary words, and an introduction to a verb conjugation. There are then some simple exercises to use with the vocabulary. You also practice daily reciting/memorizing other Latin prayers (e.g. the Pater Noster, a table blessing in Latin, etc.).

Make sure you have the workbook to go along with the DVD. I also advise getting the vocabulary cards, as they make memorizing the vocabulary much easier.

I think you will love this program, and you will feel like you are "learning" Latin right from the beginning. Best of luck!
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Old Apr 12, '08, 9:16 am
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Make sure you have the workbook to go along with the DVD.

Would I need the student's or the teachers workbook, I know i'll be considered a student, but as I will be self learning, would I not need the teachers book to correct the answers?
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Old Apr 12, '08, 11:12 am
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Would I need the student's or the teachers workbook,?
Yes, you need the teacher's book.
We didn't use the DVDs, just the teacher and student books (and a lot of homemade flashcards) .

We used
Prima Latina
Latina Christiana 1
Latina Christiana 2
and on into Henle

www.MemoriaPress.com

The grade levels for these books isn't an issue.
Regardless of age, you start "at the beginning" and work your way through.

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Yes, you need the teacher's book.
We didn't use the DVDs, just the teacher and student books (and a lot of homemade flashcards) .

We used
Prima Latina
Latina Christiana 1
Latina Christiana 2
and on into Henle

www.MemoriaPress.com

The grade levels for these books isn't an issue.
Regardless of age, you start "at the beginning" and work your way through.

I was going to start with Prima Latina but was told that the first part of Latina Christiana covers some of Prima Latina.

I intend to work up to Henle
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I was going to start with Prima Latina but was told that the first part of Latina Christiana covers some of Prima Latina.

I intend to work up to Henle
Yes, PL is the first part of LC-1
LC-1 and LC-2 for that matter are the first early portion of Henle First Year
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If you just want to "start with Henle" that is an option too.

Most folks have success starting slowly with the easier (lowest introductory level) books . . . because starting with something that moves more quickly can result in just quitting the Latin study altogether

I think Prima Latina is quit-proof and would suggest starting with that. The important thing is to remember to move at the pace of your most solid memorization and facility of translation, not just doing the next page because it's tomorrow and you need to turn the page and do the next lesson

If you really do not want to duplicate your effort, just start with Henle FY :-) www.MemoriaPress.com sells a Study Guide to Henle FY.
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I have been attempting to learn Latin for a long time and the only resources I keep finding are on classical latin.

I managed to get hold of Collin's Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin, but found it hard to self study, so I will try Latina Christiana and progress from there.
You may find the pace of Latina Christiana a little slow; not so much in terms of the memorization, but in terms of presentation of grammar.

You won't be reading/composing complete (i.e. having a direct object) sentences until volume II.

If you do find this to be the case, I'd recommend find a copy of Jenney's Latin I published by Allyn & Bacon (out of print, but available online.)

It's not a "Church Latin" text per se, but basic grammar is the same for "Church" Latin as for "Classical Latin" (until you want to try translating Augustine.) ( And you can still use ecclesiastical pronunciation with any grammar.)
Jenney's text is extremely methodical and user-friendly* and it gives you the same basic vocab as Latina Christiana, but presents grammar at a more satisfying pace for an older learner. (It moves a bit slower than Henle.)

The Latin Road To English Grammar is another text I'd recommend if you get frustrated with Latin Christiana's pace.

Incidentally, I also find Collin's Primer rather unusable (except perhaps with college students already familiar with Latin.)

[*Now, <putting on nerdy Latin teacher hat> I happen to think the 1933 version of the Allyn & Bacon textbook (without the Jenney revisions) is the best Latin textbook ever, hands down. But it's a lot harder to find and I was greedily planning on acquiring every available copy (when I win the lottery) myself.]
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Here are excellent resources:It is great you want to learn Latin. Read what the Baltimore Catechism says about Latin:
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Q. 566. Why does the Church use the Latin language instead of the national language of its children?
A. The Church uses the Latin language instead of the national language of its children:
  1. To avoid the danger of changing any part of its teaching in using different languages;
  2. That all its rulers may be perfectly united and understood in their communications;
  3. To show that the Church is not an institute of any particular nation, but the guide of all nations.
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