It’s a book of manageable size – only about 50 pages and illustrated with fun, quirky cartoons of modern situations. The characters speak the same kind of useful phrases that you’ll learn with a beginner’s modern language book, but in Latin. It’s aimed at children – you’re advised to “ask your parent’s or guardian’s permission before you connect to the internet”, but some adult learners will appreciate having this book as a light, (figuratively as well as literally), simple introduction.
You might get a kick out of things like “table talk”, where you learn the Latin for “dinner’s ready”, or maybe “going shopping”, which includes a conversation with a shopkeeper.
Click on the internet links to the Usborne website, (although you don’t need a computer to understand the book), and you can learn, amongst many other things, to decipher tombstones. There are also more downloadable quizzes to keep you on your toes. You’ll find vocabulary and grammar in each chapter of the book and at the back there are a full vocabulary and answers to the book’s quizzes.
Best bit: learning how to say…
“Do you speak Latin?” (“scisne loqui latine ?”)
“I speak a little Latin.” (“latine paulum loqui scio”).
Usborn Internet-linked Latin for Beginners, by Angela Wilkes. Illustrated by John Shackell.
Designed by Roger Priddy. Edited by Jane Chisholm. Published by Usborne Publishing, 1993.
Price about £5.59 Amazon UK, brand new, (May 8, 2012)
Price about $12.40 Amazon USA, brand new, (May 8, 2012):