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So You Really Want to Learn Latin Book 1: A Textbook for Common Entrance and GCSE

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These sen­tences are writ­ten to be trans­lat­ed using the cur­rent chap­ter’s gram­mat­i­cal top­ic while also prac­tic­ing pre­vi­ous points. We ask experts to recommend the five best books in their subject and explain their selection in an interview.

Aside from the fact that the books decline in their ability to hold students’ interest, the Cambridge Latin Course also falls down on the grammar, as pretty much everyone who isn’t invested in the publications will now admit. Assim­il Le Latin Sans Peine is best used in con­junc­tion with a com­plete foun­da­tion­al course in Latin like Famil­ia Romana. With­out the French notes and trans­la­tions, you should per­haps wait until you have a foun­da­tion in Latin. Learning the basics of Latin can vastly improve your vocabulary and even provide keys to understanding legal, medical, and scientific terminology.Asterix Gallus, the Latin version, has good, easy Latin and, particularly if you’ve read Asterix the Gaul in English first, it’s a really good way of learning your first proper Latin sentences. It’s funny, I was asked the other day by a middle-aged person, ‘What’s a good book for English grammar? If you have worked through Famil­ia Romana method­i­cal­ly and dili­gent­ly, you will be able to read Fab­u­lae Faciles com­fort­ably. I could probably have bought, not a villa, but a very, very small flat on the outskirts of London on the proceeds.

It con­sists of 101 dia­logues in Latin with a par­al­lel trans­la­tion in French (it is also avail­able in Ital­ian as Assim­il Il Lati­no sen­za sfor­zo, and Ger­man as Latein ohne Mühe). The Cambridge Latin Course is a well-established and successful Latin programme developed by the Cambridge School Classics Project. The great vari­ety of the sto­ries will sub­stan­tial­ly enrich your vocab­u­lary while still being enjoy­able. Woven into the book’s nar­ra­tive, you will find count­less pas­sages from var­i­ous Latin authors, and as such, tru­ly pre­pares you for read­ing the clas­si­cal authors.If you are an advanced learn­er and want to dive deep into the dif­fer­ent nuances and usages of words, Oxford Latin Dic­tio­nary is a great resource. Cas­sel­l’s Latin Dic­tio­nary is excel­lent if you study Latin and read Clas­si­cal texts beyond a few sen­tences here and there. I’ve always found it very useful to make children aware of what is going on in an English sentence and quite how different it is from a Latin sentence. This way, you get a strong foun­da­tion from FR while at the same time dis­cov­er inter­est­ing pas­sages from two mil­len­nia of Latin literature. The Asterix books, for those who haven’t heard of them, by Goscinny and Uderzo, are a brilliant, brilliant series of comic strip books about Asterix, a little Gaul from a village that holds out against Roman occupation in the 1st century BC.

But somehow he does, and there is the problem (or one of them at least); the students never really get over the loss of Caecilius at the end of Book 1 and they lose interest and heart from the second book onwards. One of the strongest and most effective ways to improve your knowledge of Latin is through reading books to learn Latin. The second volume of the endorsed OCR GCSE Latin language course with clear guidance for all levels up to GCSE.At the beginning of Book 2, he is a guest of Salvius on his visit to King Cogidubnus, and tells Cogidubnus of his experiences after leaving Pompeii.

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