William wrote:Welcome to Textkit.
William wrote:I agree with you. I am nearing the end of my self-study of Wheelock and I am going to use the Dowling Method when I am done. I think I have learned a lot of important rules which will help me in my Latin study. I am not sure how I would have learned the rules without Wheelock and by using the Dowling Method alone.
William wrote:Thanks for the links.
That's exactly it: Dowling expects that with just a few overall grammar pointers, you can deduce the most miniscule details of Latin grammar.
Lucus Eques wrote:Simply, don't knock it till you try it. As one who has gone through nearly all the process, I advocate it above all others. I will freely answer any questions you might have about Lingua Latina or any other aspect of the Dowling Method.
Lucus Eques wrote:Indeed, the "brute memorization" is the only way, in my opinion, short of a total immersion Latin experience (not easy), to catch up with the little Roman children who were surrounded by all the forms of words from birth.
Lucus Eques wrote:Latin should be fun, and a beautiful, enriching experience. And until recently, I didn't know that was possible.
Lucus Eques wrote:That is not the case. The most important part of the Dowling Method is Lingua Latina, whose first volume I have completed and have enjoyed so, so immensely. Second only to my time in Italy, this one book alone has been the best language learning experience of my life. It's that good, in my opinion; I loved it so much. It's funny, extremely clear, and it teaches Latin, in Latin, the most essential point which is so often missed. Though I had a semester's worth of Wheelock as well, and though I do appreciate having had a very basic runthrough of the fundaments of the language, it's worth most surely ends there.
Simply, don't knock it till you try it. As one who has gone through nearly all the process, I advocate it above all others. I will freely answer any questions you might have about Lingua Latina or any other aspect of the Dowling Method.
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