Cogito, ergo I Long to Learn Latin.
November 25, 2008 12:25 PM Subscribe
Help a linguistics-obsessed college student learn Latin via the magic of the interwebs.
posted by fantine to Writing & Language (19 answers total) 60 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a double English-French college student who loves languages, especially those that are dead or invented creations. While I'm not a linguistics genius, I do pick things fairly quickly and can grasp grammatical concepts without too much trouble.
Here's the rub. I've never learned Latin. I've always wanted to but it's not fit into my schedule in high school or now, in college (particularly with a double major!) As Latin isn't exactly a language where pronunciation is key, I'd love to teach myself using resources on the internet. Ideally, I would like to find a structured course with downloadable lessons, exercises for homework, etc. but even a website with a well-organized grammar section and vocabulary lists would also be helpful. In the past, I have tried a Learning Latin for Idiots book but I grew to dislike the smarmy tone and ridiculous sentences. On the other hand, I loved the Ardalambion Quenya Course and greatly enjoyed completing that.
My goal in learning Latin is severalfold: 1) improve my understanding of English (and while I'm at it, French) vocabulary; 2) become better educated and able to translate quotations, legal terms, etc.; 3) continue my dream of being an accomplished woman (19th Century Style). I am not concerned with studying a specific branch of Latin per se, like the Latin of the Romans or of the Catholic Church (though I understand that there are differences). I'm not sure if "Generic Latin" exists, but if it does, all the better.
I hope this isn't too vague. To recap, I'd like to find internet resources to learn Latin, preferably with exercises for practice. What is the best solution?