Latin For Beginners

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Learn Latin with this free latin grammar.  D’Ooge designed this beginners grammar  to prepare the student for reading Caesar.  The grammar consists of seventy-nine lessons divided into three parts.

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25 Responses to Latin For Beginners

  1. Christopher says:

    I found this book an excellent start to re-learning latin. My high school latin had all but vanished, and it wasn´t easy.

    The lessons are very well structured, gradually introducing new vocabulary and grammar. The author pases the lessons well. For example, when he focuses on verbs, he gives the declensions a rest, and vice-versa. There is plenty of acummulative knowledge, meaning that you don´t forget what you learnt in previous lessons. Things keep popping back to refresh your memory.

    I especially liked the stories, and the reading material, which is the last part. They are challenging to the beginner, but if you´ve slogged through the book up to there, you should have no problem doing the translations. There is a lot about warmongering, but that´s understandable, since everything is geared towards reading Caesar after the completion of this book. And that´s exactly what I intend to do.

    The only downside to this book is that there are no answers to the exercises. Doing it all on your own, it´s nice to have confirmation once in a while that you´re on the right track. There were some places where I just couldn´t find the correct translation. You have to be very motivated, and have some background in learning languages, I think, to be able to complete this book on your own.

  2. Jeff Tirey says:

    True that D’Ooge prepared no key for this book. However, Textkit users have made a key available and it can be found here: http://www.textkit.com/learn/ID/158/author_id/13/

  3. cpascal says:

    Although this book is about 100 years old, I find it easier to understand than a lot of modern books. This is especially true in its explanation of Latin pronunciation.

  4. Kevin Manion says:

    Great motivation to learn Latin. Thank you!

  5. Emma Gigio says:

    I think I found the answer key in Google books.

    I’m just getting started so maybe a veteran wants to check this link out.

    http://books.google.com/ebooks?id=2uFEAAAAIAAJ&dq=inauthor:%22Benjamin%20Leonard%20D‘Ooge%22&ei=5VVpTcz_FoawkgTzitnlBQ&source=webstore_bookcard

  6. Flora Bullock says:

    Thanks for the key! You rock! Google book is only on preview. Is that normal?

  7. Daniel says:

    ….. to learn Latin was always my wish, now I can. Thanks a lot!

  8. vinzx says:

    I am excited guys…. tnx

  9. sonupoulojose says:

    thx a lot!!!

  10. The Pham Van says:

    Thank a lot, it’s very helpful for me

  11. acdibble says:

    http://www.amazon.com/Latin-for-Beginners-ebook/dp/B004TPOSGY/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1308167914&sr=1-5

    The Kindle version isn’t a scan. They’ve converted it into a genuine e-book.

    • Jeff Tirey says:

      And it’s free. Glad to that’s available for Kindle. About 7 years ago Textkit donated our scan of Latin For Beginners to the Distributed Proofreading project, and their work on the book made it’s way to project Gutenberg as an e-version. Nice to see things come around again.

    • Josie says:

      Clear, inrfoamtive, simple. Could I send you some e-hugs?

  12. tarek2022 says:

    i really appreciate this new experience

    Im from algeria ..and finally im able to study the language that dominated my country for hundreds of years .

  13. Seamus Horan says:

    I am a retired teacher and would like to offer a Beginners Latin Course for all age groups. I am wondering whether your book or any other book you might recommend might be suitable. The material would have to be stimulating to hold their attention!!
    Regards
    Shay

  14. mecklybver says:

    have you guys seen “lingua latina per se illustrata”? what do you make out of it?

  15. teacher says:

    As a homeschooling parent (teacher) this is invaluable. The key to learning languages is to start young, and since foreign languages, especially Latin (!) has almost all but vanished from the school system, this is an excellent source for students, teachers and adults alike.

    Thank you so much for offering these free resources – what a wonderful gift!

  16. Peter Stone says:

    i love ;latin

  17. Jacalynn says:

    I have found Learn Latin: A Lively Introduction to Reading the Language as a very helpful book. It is very easy to understand and can keep your attention fairly well. It does not really stress pronunciation, obviously. But the chapters are fairly short and concentrate on one thing at a time. It also describes both Roman Latin and Medieval Latin so you can get a balanced approach to learning the different forms through time. Languages change over time!

    It is a great book for anyone to start the language when they have absolutely no background in it or possibly even learning another language.

  18. I first learned Latin back in High School in 1984. I took four years of courses and was pretty fluent with the language. It is amazing how much I have forgotten over the last 24 years! This book was a great help in refreshing my memory.

  19. Ray Green says:

    Quick, simple question:

    In the first chapter, specifically the pronunciation of vowels part, the example of the first o is holy, while the second one is wholly.

    This might be stupid, but I don’t see the difference…

    What am i missing?

    • Steve says:

      I wondered the same thing. I think that “holy” is pronounced a bit quicker than “wholly” so that the “o” sound is held a bit longer in the second word. That’s my take on it. In any case, the difference ( if any) is slight.

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