Category Archives: World Languages

Natural Latin (Michael J. Coffey)

Avete, discipuli!  Nomen mihi est Michael!  Magister matematicus sum.

This is a continuation of fall term’s offering.  We will be jumping into Hans Orberg’s Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata at chapter 9.  Students who have had Latin before or want to try and catch up over winter break are welcome to do so; however, familiarity with the vocabulary and grammar (and story!) of the first 8 chapters will be assumed from day one.

Using a book based on a newer approach to language learning, we’ll learn Latin “naturally.” In other words, by reading, listening, and speaking it rather than primarily worrying about all the technicalities of precise translation.  It’ll almost be like we just got magically transported* to ancient Rome and are learning from what’s going on around us. Each sentence or two of the book adds something new that we can figure out through context, illustrations, or hints in the margins. Before you know it, you’ll know the family of Julius and Aemilia, their parenting challenges (ugh, Marcus!), what their home is like, and which of their servants they can trust…and which ones they can’t! All without a single word of English.

To truly cement the language in your memory, however, you will need to practice outside of class on a regular basis, using various tools we’ll talk about as the class progresses, such as taking notes on vocabulary and grammar in Obsidian.

If you would like, you can buy your own copy of Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata, Pars I: Familia Romana by Hans Orberg. This is entirely optional, however.

magus = magician; trans + portat = he carries it across to the other side

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