How would one begin learning Latin?

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Mike Tourangeau | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Apr 26 2020 9:38 PM

I am possibly interested in learning Latin, at least to work with some basic Christian vocabulary....does anyone have any recommendation for where to start? in Logos of course......

The Mounce of Latin....

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HJ. van der Wal | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Apr 27 2020 1:45 AM

Shalom Mike!

Mike Tourangeau:

The Mounce of Latin....

If you are looking for something like Mounce you will have to wait for Derek Cooper's "Basic of Latin: A Grammar with Readings and Exercises from the Christian Tradition" which is currently in production. 

Logos does offer at least two other introductory courses: 

https://www.logos.com/product/34078/new-steps-in-latin-collection 

https://www.logos.com/product/34080/introduction-to-latin-collection 

Mike Tourangeau:

in Logos of course......

I know it is not Logos but you can also use the Duolingo app (though Latin is not the best course available): https://community.logos.com/forums/t/185536.aspx (I notice you already replied in this thread so this is probably old news to you). 

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Yeo Syah Zuan | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Apr 27 2020 4:14 AM

https://courses.biblemesh.com/latin-courses

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Manuel Maria | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Apr 27 2020 6:51 AM

You can try these inductive texts, too:

https://www.logos.com/product/36369/lingua-latina-familia-romana-collection

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Doc B | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Apr 27 2020 7:28 AM

Mike Tourangeau:
recommendation for where to start?

Can't do "in Logos" because Logos doesn't have the resource (understandably).  But the most-used textbook for beginning Latin for the past couple generations is Wheelock's Latin. It's pretty inexpensive on Amazon. (In fact, it is free on Kindle at random times, I think.)

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Mike Tourangeau | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Apr 27 2020 4:44 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions....Wheelock's sounds the most interesting.

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David Wanat | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Apr 27 2020 5:32 PM

Duolingo could work if one wanted to study the morality of hitting drunk, bad parrots...

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Reece | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Apr 28 2020 2:28 AM

As other languages you need to practice it as much as possible. In the internet there are lots of materials but you can have a teacher if you are not sure if you can learn it by yourself.

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DAL | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Apr 28 2020 3:03 AM

Or just learn Spanish, after all, a Spanish speaker is called “Latin.” 😂 I never really understood why because we don’t speak Latin in Latin America 😜 Latin is considered a dead language.  Go figure!

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Kevin Clemens | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Apr 28 2020 5:55 AM

My own experience was Wheelock's as the base in college, followed by courses on particular authors (Cicero, Horace, Ovid, etc). I had little working vocabulary after these, but could very slowly trudge through a text with a dictionary and grammar at hand.

After grad school I taught high school Latin for four years. I used Lingua Latina, Familia Romana and was amazed at how drastically my own facility improved. Daily reading from this book (and others in the series) expanded my vocabularly and ability to really "read" (not just dissect or translate) Latin. I'm not sure how well the Lingua Latina set translates to Logos format (the marginal pictures / notations are the key to this series), but I heartily recommend it as a great place to start. 

My two cents.

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Beloved Amodeo | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Apr 28 2020 3:24 PM

Doc B:
the most-used textbook for beginning Latin for the past couple generations is Wheelock's Latin. It's pretty inexpensive on Amazon. (In fact, it is free on Kindle at random times, I think.)
If you have a Kindle Unlimited account, as a benefit of this membership Wheelock's is "free" for as long as you carry the account. Also, there is no expiration, again provided you maintain your membership.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Apr 28 2020 5:26 PM

Mike Tourangeau:
I am possibly interested in learning Latin, at least to work with some basic Christian vocabulary....

What kind of Christian vocabulary?

The Gospels in the Clementine Vulgate?

The Old Testament in the Nova Vulgata?

St. Augustine's Confessions?

St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae?

Gregorian chant?

The Latin of the (pick any) Missale or Breviary?

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Veli Voipio | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 29 2020 1:04 AM

Just start reading and enjoy! One can figure out the meanings of the words like a sleuth ...

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Doc B | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 29 2020 8:16 AM

Veli Voipio:
Just start reading and enjoy! One can figure out the meanings of the words like a sleuth ...

A *lot* of people taught themselves to read another language that way.

Great pic, by the way.

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 29 2020 11:34 AM

Mike Tourangeau:
does anyone have any recommendation

Latin was the first foreign language I studied (required in my school). Your question just brought back nightmares of rote memorization. At least this class put it to music.

https://youtu.be/Opeo5R3i-mY 

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Donald Antenen (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Apr 30 2020 5:26 PM

Manuel Maria:
The Lingua Latina books are fantastic and actually have a Christian character in them.

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