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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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Re: Nutting's Latin Primer

Postby Shenoute » Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:52 am

Hi Nesrad,

Thanks for putting a Key online. I am working through Nutting's Primer in order to refresh my Latin skills as a preliminary to starting Latin composition and saw that there are a few mistakes in the Key.

I also noticed that while all editions of the Primer at archive.org were dated 1911, there are definitely differences between them. For instance, this edition and that one have "under the cradles" and "in the dolls' cradle" for Exercise VIII, II B 3 (Key has "in cunis"). To establish the list below I checked both editions.

Exercise I
II rosarum

Exercise III
I 3 is holding

Exercise IV
I B 1 are hiding

Exercise VII
I A 1 Not a mistake but maybe signal that both "in the sand/on the beach" are possible translations (also for following exercises)
I B 1 Let's play ball

Exercise VIII
II A 1 videtis
II B 2 sub cunis/in puparum cunis

Exercise IX
I A 4 a/the monkey
II B 2 nautarum

Exercise X
II A 2 agricolae
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Re: Nutting's Latin Primer

Postby Nesrad » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:15 am

Thank you. I was not aware that there's more than one edition. Past lesson 40 there are a lot more mistakes because only the first half has been proof read and quickly at that. Please continue to post the mistakes as you find them and I'll eventually get around to fixing them.
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Re: Nutting's Latin Primer

Postby Shenoute » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:06 pm

You're welcome.
Yes, there must have been at least two prints in 1911. I first realised it when, after reading your errata, I checked p.80 of the scan I was using and saw that it had neither "beautiful flowers" nor "beautiful roses" but "beautiful grapes"! :D

Exercise XI
II B 2 et equum

Exercise XII
I B 2 Then the boys were punished

Exercise XIV
II B 1 in horto puparum

Exercise XV
I B 1 typo be/we: What will we see...
I B 3 The farmer's son is a bad boy

Exercise XVI
I A 2 typo: teache
I A 4 typo: Macus's

Exercise XVII
I B 1 typo: we will se
I B 3 not a mistake but maybe "miseras" only applies to the dolls?
II B 2 magnam nautarum simiam

Exercise XVIII
I A 3 typo: Yeterday
II A 4 in sellis pupae

Exercise XIX
II A 1 ex oppido

Exercise XX
II B 2 Not a mistake but maybe signal "compleret (compleremus)" as in the preceding sentence?
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Re: Nutting's Latin Primer

Postby Shenoute » Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:02 pm

Exercise XXI
II A 3 ad cymbam (maybe?)
II B 3 in tabernaculum

Exercise XXII
II B 2 ex oppido

Exercise XXIII
I A 1 typo: yeard
I B 2 typo: repied
II A 1 Maybe "in hortum nostrum"?
II A 2 iaceret; word-order: "Marcus, cum in herba..." (Remark, p. 63)


Exercise XXIV
I A 3 typo: many graves (>grapes)
II A 1 Word order: "Avus vester, cum..." (Remark, p. 63)

Exercise XXV
I B 2 Maybe just "a bad little fox"?
II B 1 columbas miseras nostras; word order: "Tum pueri mali, cum..." (Remark, p. 63)
II B 3 word order: Nautae, cum..." (Remark, p. 63)
II B 4 word order: "Simia, cum..." (Remark, p. 63)

Exercise XXVI
I A 4 so that (his) son could be
II B 2 cum saxa in hortum diu iecissent
II B 3 Maybe "ad ludum"?
II B 4 typo: teream

Exercise XXVII
II A 2 macron on "nauta"; per aream

Exercise XXIX
II A 1 typo: mulis uvis
II B 2 in mensa pupae

Exercise XXX
II A 1 pulchris uvis complebamus ("grapes" instead of flowers in some copies of the book)
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Re: Nutting's Latin Primer

Postby Shenoute » Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:20 pm

Exercise XXXI
I B 3 and so the bad little fox
II A 4 filiam nautae pulchram; noluerat

Exercise XXXII
II B 1 word order: "avus defessus vester, cum..." (Remark, p. 63)
The last part of this sentence is slightly different in the edition I am using: "But a bear ran quickly through the fields, and the wolf hid in the woods." > Sed ursa per agros celeriter cucurrit et lupus in silvis latuit.

Exercise XXXIII
I A 4 typo: druken
II A 1 columbarum ova videmus
II B 2 corvi tui

Exercise XXXIV
I B 3 typo: had went
II A 2 corbulas

Exercise XXXVII
I B ...but Marcus and Quintus
I B typo: climed (twice)
II A 1 in arbore
II A 4 in ramis arborum

Exercise XXXVIII
I A 1 typo: srong
I B ...but the other children
I B Meanwhile, I sat... (cf. p. 27 on sedi)
II A 2 ...ad litus fugerant.

Exercise XXXIX
I A 5 Should be numbered 4.
I B ...filling her basket with beautiful flowers

Exercise XL
...potuerat, potuisset; potuerit (3rd person sg. for all)
I A 1 typo: the fat boy at the berries.
II A 1 non volui > nolui
II B 1 Nautae ebrii filius
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Re: Nutting's Latin Primer

Postby Shenoute » Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:04 pm

Exercise XLI
I B In the last sentence, "Itaque ei cucurrerunt...", I would take ei as the nom. pl. "they ran" rather than dat. sg. ("to her")
"II" is numbered "I"
II A 1 sorori meae
II A 5 ad silvas
II B 1 Columbam parvam
II B 3 collocavimus

Exercise XLII
II B 3 "celeriter" not needed

Exercise XLIII
I B typo: "vound"
I B typo: "frighted"

Exercise XLIV
I B typo: "climed"

Exercise XLV
I B typo: "to killed"

Exercise XLVI
I A 1 through the forest
I B when the hunters had gone
I B unable to frighten the bears
I B typo: "climed"
II A 3 transiimus
II A 5 agros

Exercise XLVII
I B killed farmers there.
II A 5 ut sororis tuae
II B 4 "ceteras" rather than "alias" (not introduced yet)

Exercise XLVIII
I A 3 typo: "yars"
I A 4 typo: "wolvse"
II A 2 ita nos adiuverunt
II B 4 ad tutum locum

Exercise XLIX
II A 1 in oppido emi.
II A 2 "had traveled": maybe "iter fecisset", rather than "isset", since these two words are in the lesson's vocabulary (it's true though that "iter facere" itself isn't introduced, passively, until the next lesson).
II B 2 "fert" rather than "vehit"

Exercise L
I A 4 the had stolen the benches
I A 4 maybe remove "his" in "his books"
II B 2 Olim parvam ursam ita capere potuit...
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