This course is for you if… You want to improve You are a your vocabulary beginner at Latin for conversation
Why learn Latin? The words To better understand the words and grammar of English, French, Italian, Spanish and many other languages, dead or alive The culture To give you access to an immense body of art, philosophy and literature NOT just from the Classical Ages, but – since Latin remained the language of learning, politics and religion – from more than a thousand years afterwards
Why learn to speak Latin? Dead languages were spoken too! To help appreciate the workings of the language not just as a literary medium, but as it was used by the majority of people at the times of Cicero and Caesar (and beyond) As a learning aid Multi-sensory learning is the best way to remember things: if you can listen to the sound of words and write or speak Latin sentences yourself you will pick up the language much faster To have secret conversations with other people who know Latin!
Latin is still used widely today in… Medicine and biology, Agriculture and gardening, History and archaeology, Christian religion, Academic writing, and In common English phrases
Taster: Common Phrases alter ego alter = another, a second ego = I status quo (the norm) status = the state quo = in which Curriculum vitae curriculum = course vitae = of life et cetera (etc.) et = and cetera = the others, the rest
Taster: Harry Potter Voldemort = He who flies from death volat = he flies de = from morte = death Knockturn alley = alley of the night nocturnus = nocturnal, of the night Expelliarmus expelle = expel, drive out arma = arms, weapons Albus Dumbledore albus = white
This course This course will help you get to grips with the very basic essentials of conversational Latin, but gaining a strong understand of the language requires a lot of time and some good resources If you are a self-taught beginner, and want to go further, I recommend: Wheelock’s Latin