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Acquiring a functioning vocabulary?

Postby Scribo » Thu Jul 30, 2009 5:38 pm

Salvete omnes! quid agitis hodie?

Ego volo docere multa verba linguae latinae aut non intellego (how) quid faco (is that right? educated guess)

I want to learn a functioning vocabulary so I can start to read texts, my grammar is not the best and I'm working on that through the summer, I restart uni in September and will have Latin, naturally I don't want to check a dictionary every 10 seconds so I need to get a broader vocabulary.

Best/quickest way to do this? for me I remember words I use better, but I don't really have time and I have to juggle Greek too. :(

I also need to improve my reading ability bene celeriter

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Re: Acquiring a functioning vocabulary?

Postby Interaxus » Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:22 pm


Try the link provided here by Laura Gibbs. Check out the 300 most common words in the text's 'Appendixes'.

http://learninglatinlinks.blogspot.com/ ... words.html

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Re: Acquiring a functioning vocabulary?

Postby quickly » Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:23 am

Since Wheelock's is oriented towards reading the "Loci Antique" and "Loci Immutati" (which are altered and unedited selections from classical authors, respectively), I would suggest memorizing the "official" and "chapter" vocabulary in Wheelock's. Another book which is helping my vocabulary is "Auricula Meritricula," styled after Roman comedy and graded according to the Wheelock's chapters.
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Re: Acquiring a functioning vocabulary?

Postby metrodorus » Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:22 pm

Scribo - I forgot to mention these two useful resources:
Comenius' Lexicon Januale, and the Lexicon Atriale, which pre-supposes you have learned all the vocab in the Januale first.
Both are available online here:

If you want to do something productive while learning, you can help with those who are gradually transcribing the Lexicon Atriale.

These dictionaries have the great advantage of only being in Latin.
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Re: Acquiring a functioning vocabulary?

Postby paulusnb » Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:22 am

You are asking the million dollar question. What has worked for me is reading, reading, reading. Specifically, read texts that are at your level. So, do not do Cicero if you are looking up every word. There are easier texts. Lingua Latina is great for this, and a fun read to boot. I would also suggest some of the Latin Primers that Edonnelly has found on Google Books. I have a bunch printed out, and they are amazing. The Vulgate is another text I used to gain vocabulary.
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Re: Acquiring a functioning vocabulary?

Postby vir litterarum » Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:19 am

I have found this to be the best method:

1) create a vocabulary list of the most common words in a given canonical author such as Vergil, Cicero, Caesar, or LIvy using the vocabulary tool from the Perseus Project.

2) go to flashcardmachine.com and make a set of electronic flashcards using the list you have generated.

3) download them onto your iPod so that you can take them with you anywhere.
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Re: Acquiring a functioning vocabulary?

Postby nov.ialiste » Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:30 pm

I find that reading Oerberg's Lingua Latina is the best way to acquire Latin, both vocabulary and grammar.

There is lots of reading material which is carefully graded and practice makes perfect.

I did the first 60 lessons of D'Ooge first but Lingua Latina is much better for consolidation.
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