There are two things that you need to know before you learn Latin as an adult beginner. They tell you whether your course/book/tutor works for you and they should be your mantra:
- Latin is easy. Easy-peasy.
- The people who spoke it, the Romans, really are as nifty as you think they are.
In fact, the two are connected. Latin is easy because it’s Roman. The language is like the people: a straightforward people who valued efficiency and clarity. So, latin is easy because the Romans were nifty.
If you find a book or class that makes Latin seem difficult, or your attention wander, you need a different book or class.
It’s that simple.
So you learn Latin, or you want to.
Are you an adult who wants to learn for interest? If so, this is the place for you.
Maybe you dig the Ancient Romans from watching “Rome”, the HBO series, and want to be able to read some words in their own beautiful language. Did you miss taking classes as a kid and now you are excited to get on with it? Maybe you tried a book or class, didn’t enjoy it and want to know what else is out there.
Of course, Latin is special because it’s no longer spoken, (we could debate that), so you’ll be asking yourself what can be available and, in particular:
- What’s a good Latin language book that others like you have found effective?
- Are there any good online courses?
- Can you use a course that was set-up for modern languages, (like Rosetta Stone’s Latin course)?
- Do you need to do a course that leads to a basic qualification in order to get high-quality teaching?
- Is a private tutor feasible, (without taking out a mortgage)?
Let’s explore the options and, along the way, discover what really works….