Carolus Raeticus omnibus lectoribus paginae Texktit salutem dicit.
I hope this posting does not appear twice. The system asked something about a draft, and I hastily typed yes and then was unsure what happened to what I had written.
I am new to Textkit and therefore would like to introduce myself. My nom de plume is Carolus Raeticus, and I try (again) to learn Latin.
Now, what do I mean when I say "learn"? Well, I do not want to be able to translate Latin. My long term goal is to be able to read Caesar-style Latin without any major problem, and above all without mentally translating (cf. the interesting article by William Harris about the Sin of Transverbalizing
I do not know whether I will ever achieve this goal, but at least I can strive (I like that quote from one of the works of Albert Camus: "One must imagine Sisyphus happy").
Anyway, my activities so far:
- Learning Latin a long time ago at school (or rather "not learning" because there was far too little time alotted to Latin at that time, and I was probably too young as well to properly appreciate Latin).
- A few years ago I gave it another try using Wheelock's Latin
(6th ed.) working through the entire book. Unfortunately I did not immediately follow up because a) I was sidetracked by my competing interest in astronomy, and b) I did not feel yet up to Caesar etc. but was not aware of any texts bridging the gap. In my opinion "Wheelock's" contains far too little text to enable the learner to properly master basic reading skills.
- Finally I got aware of the tons of Latin text books and reading material by now available on the Internet, either via Google-books but above all on Archive.org. So I am now giving it another try.
[Oops, I mentioned other sites. I hope this is not interpreted as being spam-inciting ;-]
Currently I am browsing through various text books (e.g. Wheelock's Latin
, Latin for Beginners
by D'Ooge, the New Latin Grammar
by Allen and Greenough) to reaquaint myself with the more obscure grammatical stuff. Otherwise I above all do some reading. Right now I am reading the Narrationes Faciles de Historia Romanorum
, a compilation of easy Latin texts about Roman history (and myth). These are almost too easy, but I want to create a secure foundation for my later "exploits". And for that I need sufficient "comprehensible input".
At the same time I am trying to improve my vocabulary. To do so I am occupying myself with creating topical vocabulary lists.
As I believe that macrons are helpful I want to use these in my future vocabulary lists (I am almost finished with one about the human body and intend to create one about topography/geography next). As a preliminary exercise I created a new (but still non-topical) version of the vocabulary list Collar and Daniell's Beginner's Latin Vocabulary
hosted by Textkit. My version is more or less the same but includes macrons, has a somewhat different formatting (for easier reading) and comes in two versions. Version 1 is for learning from scratch (two columns, one for the Latin, the second one in English), Version 2 is for reviewing and has the same layout as the original version.
I would like to show you my version, but unfortunately that is not possible as the forum rules seem to "veto" posting a link to the respective PDFs. Any way around that?
Grammar is one aspect of learning a language, vocabulary building another, and an important one at that. I believe that topical vocabulary lists could be of great assistance to the budding "Latinists" (and respective lists would be a definite plus for this site as well).
I also would like to thank everyone in advance for any help provided in the future. And thanks to everyone making Textkit possible!
Hm, this posting is rather long compared with the others postings. I hope that that is not considered as too overbearing (or that I am even breaking any rules by doing so