[quote author=mariek link=board=3;threadid=358;start=15#3020 date=1060241134]<br /><br />Do you mean studying Latin during the day, and then curling up with a Latin "reader" at bedtime?
<br />[/quote]<br />No, nor should I give the impression that I do this a lot.... I study Latin during the day (and whenever else I can or have to work it in.... the "have to" depends on whether or not I've got a course on the go) and I'd just picked up this new (well, new to me....) "Odes and Epodes of Horace" and couldn't just leave it alone and go to sleep.... so I picked it up and started working through the first page. With the help of the notes -which are terrific! - I got through the first 8 or so lines more or less really reading it. Which was very much pleasing....<br /><br />Now, though, I'm trying to get a jump on the next course by working through some of what I'll be required to work through during the fall, and am discovering that Horace's style of Latin is very different from Cicero, Caesar or Vergil.... but that's another topic.<br /><br />[quote author=mariek link=board=3;threadid=358;start=15#3020 date=1060241134]<br /><br /><br />I saw Aeneas to Augustus: A Beginning Latin Reader for College Students at the bookstore today. It looks really good, but it's way too advanced for me right now. I noticed that it had A LOT of notes explaining phrases/vocabulary of the passage. A passage would be very short, and the notes section could take up 10 times the space of the passage. It looks like a really good book.
<br /><br />[/quote]<br /><br />It does sound like a good book! And I rather suspect that you'll find it not as difficult as you may think. Furthermore, bitter experience tells me that if I see something in a bookstore that "might" be interesting later, when "later" comes, the book isn't there..... This results in a lot of my paycheque staying in the bookstore, but I'm rarely short of reading material..........<br /><br />And actually, most of my studying has become working through reading. Earlier this year, when I started with the Cicero (and the Vergil course) I hadn't done any Latin for almost 10 years. I was exceedingly rusty, though I still remembered some basic forms of 1st and 2nd declension nouns and 1st and 2nd conjugation (indicative and hazily passive) verbs. The reading went very slowly at first, with many cross-references to grammars, plus some paradigm drills, but has picked up a lot. And there is something very satisfying about hammering a "real" sentence into shape - even if one sentence is all you get through. (Maybe I should say, "one line".... some of those sentences can go on for PAGES...!) Reading is also a bit of a change of pace from straight grammar, and allows you to put the grammar into contex more. All of which is a long way of suggesting you think about reconsidering that reader....
<br /><br />Actually, I find that if I'm making headway on whatever I'm working on, my study time goes up because I'd rather not stop....... I think that's another symptom of the problem that Benissimus mentioned way back.....<br /><br />Kilmeny<br />