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Nutting's Latin Primer

Postby Nesrad » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:16 pm

Professor Herbert Chester Nutting (1872-1934) wrote a number of books for instruction in Latin. You may already be familiar with his Latin reader based on American history.

He wrote another book, A Latin Primer, that is not as well-known as it should be. It is unique in its low level of difficulty. This is a textbook that was designed to teach Latin to children in elementary school. There are less than 400 words used in the vocabulary. It is very succinct yet easy to understand in its grammatical explanations. The material is parsed into short lessons that are easy to digest. This will make it attractive for autodidacts who find other textbooks too difficult. The one problem is that Nutting never published a key. So, I thought I might remedy that by making my own. Here it is, for anyone who wishes to use it:

https://cerclelatin.org/wiki/Nutting/key

Any corrections or suggestions are welcome and can be posted here.

This key is actually an afterthought to another project, a translation of Nutting's Latin Primer into French for use by native speakers of French. While composing the key in French, I found it unbearable to think that French speakers would have a key, yet English speakers would not, so I went ahead and did both at the same time. For those who might be interested, the French edition, as well as the French key, are available here:

https://cerclelatin.org/wiki/Nutting/me ... tin-facile
https://cerclelatin.org/wiki/Nutting/corrige
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Re: Nutting's Latin Primer

Postby metrodorus » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:44 pm

You are correct, Nutting's book is one of the simplest introductions to Latin I have come across.
I run http://latinum.org.uk which provides the Adler Audio Latin Course, other audio materials, and additional free materials on YouTube.
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Re: Nutting's Latin Primer

Postby Nesrad » Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:42 pm

For the sake of discussion, what are some other comparable books that you know of?
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