Most of the comments regarding the newest edition of Wheelock were not of my own invention; they are the comments of university professors teaching beginning Latin to undergraduate students. When I first wanted to learn Latin, like you I bought Wheelock. It isn't that I did not have learning Latin with Wheelock. The problems with it are not even something a beginning student motivated by a real desire to learn the language could even be aware of. Years later, and looking back at my own experience learning Latin, and hearing straight from the mouths of teachers who used Wheelock and knew the book well I could see it's flaws. <br /><br />One major thing is putting the subjunctive off until the very end of the book. You've then had 100 chapters (or however many they are) where you've gotten used to the first declension and the present tense all from the very start, but you get to the subjunctive at the very end, look at it in one or two chapters and the book ends, and there are no more excercises to help you get used to it. <br /><br />Also the subjunctive is such an important and crucial part of Latin without it you are condemned to reading cookbook sentences, and I know Wheelock from the very beginning starts putting in small quotations of real Latin, but that's the best you can do, without editing the Latin to make it more straightforward. So the Wheelockian approach necessarily prolongs the time before a student will see genuine Classical Age Latin. The Language is not easy in itself, and the works which you will read are the highest most refined literary accomplishments of a civilization. Jumping into reading without really knowing the language well is like meeting the enemy in battle without your armour. I have seen countless students in second year classes who had made their way through Wheelock the year before suddenly get crushed when facing a real text; they weren't used to them. And as a preëmptive attack on the Wheelockian Partisans that are now preparing their arms to rush back into this battle, saying that they used Wheelock and that they learned Latin, I will say that they are exceptions, and not the widespread rule by any means.
<br /><br />In the book by Moreland and Fleischer, you will have the whole verbal system up front; you won't be feeling that unsettling feeling of uncertainty constantly, because not everything had been explained to you. It is hands down the best Latin book in existence today of those in English, BUT (again the but) as it says in its name, it is an intensive
course. And why is it not used in colleges? Because undergraduate students have to take 3 or 4 other classes to meet all of their requirements and wouldn't have the time. Another reason that has been given for why departments do not use it is because most students either don't really want to learn and are trying to fulfill a language credit requirement, others are just lazy, and they start dropping like flies when this book is used. The book is really for the eager.<br /><br />It is also a book that is designed to cover one unit per day. So, imagine how intensive it is, when after four days you have come to know the entire Latin verbal system (minus the participle and the imperative), that is, in four days you will have learned all the tenses of the indicative and subjunctive moods in all 5 conjugations (I'm counting the 3rd and 3rd i-stems separately). You will also know it much better than the Wheelockian student who has been working on Latin more than a month. You will have learned the principal parts of every verb as you come to it. Instead of being given only one of them at a time until they are all taught and then having a list of verbs behind you that you only know some of the principal parts for.<br /><br />Anyway, the problem for you, is that you only have two hours a day. The authors of the intensive Latin book will tell you in the Preface or Introduction that it is also possible to divide the course up and set it for regularly timed classes. They can say that, but I think the book is really only effective if you are hitting it with intensity. You will be learning all these things very quickly and the structure of the book is really set up to maximise this. I have not found it easy to adapt it to regularly paced courses. What will really help you learn fast is the effort and intensity that you put into it. And this book will take advantage of your efforts and return rewards that no other book can match. It has a grammar and syntax in the back of it, and you might want to buy it just so that if there is something you don't really get in Wheelock or something that you want to learn more about, you could look it up. But be careful, because once you get the Moreland and Fleischer book it will suck you in, because you will really enjoy the excellent explanations.
Then you might start finding that you are putting more than two hours a day.<br /><br />Anyway, you can be doing a lot more than two hours a day, just by making use of all the normally wasted minutes in a day. You probably have a ton of free time you haven't thought about. Ever wait in line at the grocery store? at the bank? are you ever holding for someone on the phone? are you ever stuck in traffic? has your car ever broke down and have you had to sit there waiting for the tow truck? What about when you're in the doctors office or at the dentist sitting in the waiting room until your turn comes up? I could go on and on with this, but if you have vocabulary flash cards in your shirt pocket, and larger index cards with paradigms on them, or syntactical constructions that really take some effort in your coat pocket or in your purse. You will be able to take those normally wasted moments and turn them into gold. Make sure you have some kind of Latin book in the glove compartment of your car, and pencils too. It will always break down on you when you forget to take it. ;D<br /><br />If you are willing to make the time, why not put in a full days work on one day every weekend with the intensive latin book, and read Wheelock during the rest of the week. It would be interesting to see how it works. you will be reviewing a lot of what you learn in the intensive course on the weekend during the week when you have less time by reading Wheelock. Wheelock will present some things earlier, but so little of it that it won't be a problem for you. And after you get through the fourth unit in the intensive course you're likely to be able to read all of Wheelock without much trouble.
<br /><br />Hope this helps,<br /><br />Sebastian<br /><br />PD welcome to the group
<br /><br />PPD and on second thought, why bother with any of this? You're never going to trap that Monad anyway just because you can read Leibniz in Latin.