Lingua Latina Set I

Lingua Latina Set I


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This complete immersion course by Hans Ørberg is designed to get students comfortable reading and understanding Latin, and after completing the first part of the course, able to read some classic texts for themselves outside the program. Through the second part of the course, students will be reading classical texts by themselves, refine their syntax, and accrue a Latin vocabulary of over 4,000 more words. The publisher assures that after students have completed the second part of the course, they'll be able to read fairly difficult classical texts.

The first portion of the course consists of a reader, Familia Romana, a student manual, Latin exercises, a Latin grammar booklet, and a list of Latin-English vocabulary used in the reader. The reader is written entirely in Latin, follows the daily life of a Roman family set in the 2nd century A.D., as told through 35 chapters and a 1500-word basic Latin vocabulary. The last portion of the book features readings from classical poets and Donatus' Ars Grammatica, a popular Latin school text. Each chapter consists of two to three readings, followed by short sections on grammar highlighting grammatical points that have been used in the reading text, as well as grammar and vocabulary exercises to further solidify the student's grasp of words and usage. The new words introduced in the reader are used in context, are explained through the illustrations, and are often noted in the margin. Altogether, it is designed so that the student should be able to read and advance through the book without extensive breaks to look up words, and reorient themselves. The chapters subtly advance in complexity so that the student gains new vocabulary through the context of words he or she has already become comfortable with, building onto their previous knowledge to acquire new knowledge fairly seamlessly. The Latine Disco, or student's manual, functions as the student's guide to pronunciation, and offers instructions and information on key points featured in each chapter of the reader. The Grammatica Latina manual contains paradigms and forms of Latin grammar, as used in the reader. Exercitia Latina offers the student multiple exercises to practice grammar, usage, and vocabulary using content and text from the lessons in the reader. Nearly a dozen or even more exercises are included in this book, offering extensive practice that would be highly beneficial to the student in learning the content more quickly and efficiently. The Lingua Latina: Glossarium replaced the Latin-English Vocabulary for Part 1 and contains glossaries for Familia Romana, Colloquia Personarum, Fabulae Syrae, and Fabellae Latinae. A College Companion is also available, which you would use in place of Latine Disco, Grammatica Latina and the Latin-English Vocabulary. Designed for college students using the course who wanted more grammatical explanation, it "provides a running grammatical commentary" on Familia Romana. Chapters of the College Companion correlate directly to chapters in Familia Romana, with Grammatica Latina and the Latin-English Vocabulary appended in the back of the book. Because this book goes into so much more detail than the Latine Disco, it is also recommended as a good companion for teachers who have little knowledge of Latin. Compared to Latine Disco (50 pages), the College Companion is much heftier with 324 pages. For those who would prefer the Companion, we are offering it individually and in a package, replacing the other three booklets. While use of all components would certainly be best for a well-rounded and complete study, the publishers add that the use of Familia Romana and the student's manual will get the student off to a good start as well.

Nearly the same components are included in the second part of the program, with a few exceptions. First, the Instructions for Part II serve the same function as the Latine Disco in Part I, but also includes background historical and grammatical information for each chapter in the corresponding reader. The reader for Part II focuses on Roman history through the eyes of Roman authors, and the 21 chapters include portions of the Aeneid I-IV, Livy's Book 1, and the writings of Ovid. Indices for Part II is available separately and features lists of Roman consuls and their accomplishments, as well as name and word indexes for the whole course.

Several types of instructional aids are available. Teacher's Materials includes chapter-by-chapter exercises for Familia Romana and Roma Aeterna, answer keys to these exercises, and answer keys to Exercita Latina I and II. The Teacher's Manual-like Latine Doceo does not contain answer keys, but does include plenty of information and advice for the teacher, tips on lesson planning, and helpful appendices.

Through immersing the student into Latin through the readings and exercises, it is expected that they will be "up and running" with a basic understanding of the Latin language, grammar, and acquire a basic Latin vocabulary in a focused and fairly easy way. The stories in the readers are written with humor and charm, and readers should find the content fairly interesting. I have to admit, when I first begin looking through the program, I was not too excited to be writing about it, but when I really starting examining it, it began to look organized, well-written, and hey, not even as intimidating as other Latin programs I've been familiar with. Fairly inexpensive and user-friendly, I'd give this one a try for your upper level students. - Jess

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I needed a progressive reader to teach home school Latin to go along with the Forms 3-4 series
ed m on Apr 24, 2021
Recommended by a friend of student, our 3rd year in latin, purchased to expand beyond Henle Latin and broaden scope of ability to read latin text.
Tammy S on Sep 4, 2020
I needed a progressive reader to teach home school Latin to go along with the Forms 3-4 series
ed m on Apr 24, 2021
I read a few reviews and the reviews say it is a good source to learn Latin
Jijie W on Sep 27, 2020
Recommended by a friend of student, our 3rd year in latin, purchased to expand beyond Henle Latin and broaden scope of ability to read latin text.
Tammy S on Sep 4, 2020
To help me learn Latin so I can better help my children learn.
JON B on Aug 26, 2020
I am a HS Latin teacher and these books came highly recommended. I plane to use the as ancillary materials in a mainly CI-based classroom.
Kristian L on Jul 13, 2020
We needed a Latin program that was not bogged down with memorization. We need to see the language in context before we see the form. We had tried to use Cambridge Latin but had difficulty finding all of the components to the course.
User on Sep 10, 2019
We need a different approach than Henle and I heard this one was good.
Debra L on Jul 22, 2019
Recommended to me by a Latin teacher.
Lydia F on Apr 19, 2019
This was recommended by Visual Latin so my student can receive 2 full credits for their transcript.
User on Aug 25, 2016
We are doing Think Outside the Border Online Lingua Latina Class by Dwayne Thomas and needs the books.
Jamie J on Aug 16, 2016
After ordering a kindle version of the Lingua Latina and projecting on the board for my class to translate, I decided this was an essential Latin program to consider for the future. My students (grades 4-7), were able to follow along and translate easily. Written only in Latin, and using simple sentences, students can easily follow along and learn grammatical rules as they progress. Their success inspired more translations. Perfect!
Donna S on May 1, 2016
I read a few reviews and the reviews say it is a good source to learn Latin
Jijie W on Sep 27, 2020
To help me learn Latin so I can better help my children learn.
JON B on Aug 26, 2020
Does this set include the cd for proper pronunciation and an answer key?
A shopper on Jun 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, it does not include a pronunciation CD. We pair it with Compass Classrooms Visual Latin. The Visual Latin DVD's are taught by an instructor and they include the pronunciation. The teacher (Dave Raymond) recommended Lingva Latina before continuing on to Visual Latin 2. It is very helpful. Be advised ... the print in the Linva Latina Latine Disco Students manual is very small. I hope this was helpful.
Are these books paperback or hardcover? Thank you!
A shopper on Jan 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: These are paperback books. Hope this helps.
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This is the Latin homeschool instruction set I have been waiting for to use with my children I used this program when taking Latin I in college and I loved it! You are reading Latin from day 1 and you do not get bogged down by the grammar The Latin I learned in this course was invaluable in all my college classesespecially in Biology 101 (I had 4 yrs of German in high school and I learned more and remember more from this 1 year course taken in college!) I would use it over a period of 3 - 4 years for high school students There is also a cd-rom that has all the lessons recorded so that you can hear the pronunciation
June 11, 2008

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