How you first came to learn the language?

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How you first came to learn the language?

Post by usenetuser123 » Sat Dec 27, 2003 2:48 pm

:?: I just want to find out what drove you guys to learn Latin and what method you adopted in doing so.

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Post by chrisb » Sat Dec 27, 2003 4:35 pm

Hi, usenetuser123.

I'm afraid mine is the boring answer. I had 5 years of Latin at grammar school back in the late fifties/early sixties. I came back to it a few years ago. The strange thing is that all the declensions and conjugations are still there in the memory, but much of the vocab has gone.

I have found that the best way to bring it all back is to read, read, read! I hunt the second hand book shops for easy readers, like Ritchies 'Fabulae Faciles' - available free on Textkit!

My best advice is make sure of the grammar and then soak up the vocab by reading.

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Post by Keesa » Sat Dec 27, 2003 6:13 pm

What drove me to learn Latin? Two things, I guess; the first is a strong desire for knowledge, and the second is a strong love of languages and words. Combine the two, and studying Latin makes sense. (As much as anything i do makes sense.)

As far as my method goes...I doubt any one on Textkit will recommend it (I don't recommend it myself). I tend to take an on-again-off-again approach, studying each lesson half a dozen times, reading back over parts I've already studied, copying my lessons word-for-word, spending days walking around with vocabulary cards in my pockets, then I'll drop all my studies for a week or two, come back a week later, pick up my book, go back a few lessons and start again. As I said, I definitely don't reccommend it. But, it does seem to work for me. That's pretty much the way I learned French, that and just reading, whether I could understand the words or not.

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Post by Episcopus » Sun Dec 28, 2003 2:35 pm

haha. Do you know, I copied all my D'Ooge lessons out? The whole book practically, of lessons. And many conjugations, declensions tables, vocabulary.

Writing it back out makes the information stick in the mind. I will not do this for a second year latin book, but the start is always important.

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Post by usenetuser123 » Mon Dec 29, 2003 2:23 pm

it must have taken you a great deal of time. it's a pity that schools no longer teach latin (at least most schools don't).

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Post by Episcopus » Mon Dec 29, 2003 10:55 pm

5 months off and on for a year's course in olden days and a 4 year course in modern Britain is not too bad 8)


It is a pity, which we don't bother uttering any more, we always feel it :(

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blame a 6 yo

Post by Cleo » Wed Dec 31, 2003 4:24 am

Although I've always been interested in latin, I've had zero exposure to it, except an uncle of mine that would always try to impress me with some sentences (he is fluent in latin, though, gotta give him that).

Anyway, I am now homeschooling, and my 6yo has expressed an interest in latin. Since his main subjects are all going well, and we are doing Ancient History this year, why not follow his wish?

He's getting Prima Latina, and I got Wheelock for myself. I might as well seize the opportunity too.

(yup, we're both total beginners)
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Post by klewlis » Wed Dec 31, 2003 4:29 am

It's so fun that you are doing it together! I have seen other young homeschooling families do the same thing and the kids LOVED it, even the youngest, who was 5 when they started. kudos!

Latin for me was the natural next step after learning greek (koine) in college. Also, I had a teacher when I was young who forced us to memorize a zillion greek and latin roots of words so that we could more easily understand new vocabulary and the language in general.

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Post by Episcopus » Wed Dec 31, 2003 9:14 pm

6 Years old?! :?

At first it may be fun, but dedication will it surpass the inevitable boredom at times? Imagine a child of 6 trying to memorize the conjugation of ire...

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Post by klewlis » Wed Dec 31, 2003 10:58 pm

Episcopus wrote:6 Years old?! :?

At first it may be fun, but dedication will it surpass the inevitable boredom at times? Imagine a child of 6 trying to memorize the conjugation of ire...
they don't necessarily need to. when the child is that young you can take things slowly, without bombarding them with conjugations. they can learn vocabulary first, and ease into the details of grammar through reading and immersion. it's not as though he has to make it through a textbook in a given time like older students do. :)

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