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What text to buy

Postby Anonymous on Thu Sep 19, 2002 11:14 pm

So what is the best single text to buy to learn Latin for someone of an English speaking background? Any help would be appreciated.
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Best text

Postby Q. C. Locatus Barbatus on Fri Sep 20, 2002 10:16 am

Salve,


It depends... If you want some grammatical perfect, but sometimes hard to understand Latin, I would recommend Cicero.

If you want a Latin text with great content I would go for Tacitus.

But in your case I would recommend Caesar (De Bello Gallico) as it is clear and easily understandable Latin (as far Latin can be easy understood) and it has some content too, what you make want to read it further. I would try Caesar, but a dictionary can always help you out a lot!


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Postby Anonymous on Fri Sep 20, 2002 2:25 pm

Thanks for the reply, but you misunderstand me. I don't speak three sentences of Latin. I'm looking for an educational text that teaches the grammar and vocabulary of Latin. :lol:
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Postby Publius Dionysius Mus on Fri Sep 20, 2002 3:27 pm

Salve!

So you are looking for an easy Latin handbook? I suggest you check at local schools! I still have my first Roman handbook (of course in Dutch). I think school handbooks are the best way to start.

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Postby Q. C. Locatus Barbatus on Fri Sep 20, 2002 5:21 pm

Salve,


:shock:

Damn', I knew that I was wrong :lol:

As our great :D consul says: scholar books are the best way to start. Although I do not know how these languages are thaught in the US.


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more Latin references

Postby Xantippe Helia Allegra on Sat Sep 21, 2002 3:25 pm

Salve Urse,

Two books that come to mind that you might enjoy are:

Moreland and Fleischer's Latin: An Intensive Course published by the Berkley Press

and

Stone's Latin for the Illiterati, by Routledge Press

The former is similar to a classroom text, while the latter is a great reference book, with common phrases, expressions, and abbreviations included.





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Postby Anonymous on Mon Sep 23, 2002 5:21 pm

Thank you very much, Xantippe Helia Allegra. I will look into those titles. :D

Yours,
Romulus Iulius Ursus
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Postby Anonymous on Mon Dec 23, 2002 7:43 pm

I have little problem with grammar, believe it or not. I've dabbled with German and Russian ... the dictates of Indo-European grammar never daunted me. It's just a matter of sitting down and memorizing endless vocabulary words, etc. And not having any real life applications to test it.

Wheelock's Latin? I'll look into it. Thank you.
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Postby Gnaeus Dionysius Draco on Mon Dec 23, 2002 9:07 pm

Salve Urse!

Do you speak Russian? If so, our site can always use an extra language ;). Just kidding (but if you want to do it, you're very welcime to!).

Yes, sadly the key to a language is not only grammar but also vocabulary. I must say I encountered very similar problems with respect to ancient Greek. I still know large chunks of Greek grammar but I forgot a lot of the words. I don't have the same problem with Latin for some reason.

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Postby Anonymous on Mon Dec 23, 2002 10:41 pm

Salve!

No, I don't speak German or Russian well enough to do translation work. Unfortunately. Trust me, if I did I'd be the first to volunteer for translation duties.

But perhaps in time I can be a contributing member of the Collegium Latinum. :wink:

Vale!
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