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Learning Latin

After studying the history of the Roman Empire perhaps you've decided to visit Rome and Italy, or maybe you want to immerse yourself deeper into Roman culture.

While Latin may be a 'dead' language as far as wide spread common conversation is concerned, its still the official language of the Vatican, many ancient books are still available in Latin and it can obviously still be found inscribed on many Roman ruins. What better way to truly understand the ancient Romans than to be able to read their language for yourself. With the ability to read Latin you will enjoy your vacations or studies so much more.

Although Latin is now widely considered to be a dead language, with very few fluent speakers and no native ones, it has exerted a major influence on many other languages that are still thriving and continues to see significant use in science, academia, and law. Romance languages are descended from Vulgar Latin, and many words adapted from Latin are found in other modern languages—including English, where roughly six out of every ten commonly-used words are derived, directly or indirectly, from Latin. This is part of its legacy as the lingua franca of the Western world for over a thousand years. Latin was only replaced in this capacity by French in the 18th century, though Latin continued to be used in some intellectual and political circles.

Imagine to be able to read all the classics in the mother tongue of people like "Tacitus, Polybius or Cicero". Latin is actually a fun language to learn and because there are many ways how to do it(by book, course, online, etc.) we thought it might be helpful to collect some interesting and useful information on how to learn the Latin language.

Learning Latin with Books

If you find learning Latin daunting, Teach Yourself Beginner's Latin is just what your language teacher ordered. The book makes for a friendly introduction to the language that's easy to follow, from start to finish. 'Latin for People: Latina pro Populo', is an engaging way of learning the basics of the Latin language. It also is a good refresher for those of us who did the Latin course with such drier tomes like Wheelock. The revised sixth edition of Wheelock's Latin has of course all the excellent features that have made it the best-selling single-volume beginning Latin textbook, and many of them even improved and expanded. Course based on latest learning methods and designed to be enjoyable and user-friendly. Made by experts, each course begins with the basics and gradually promotes the student to a level of confidence. Packed with examples and sample dialogues Make sense of Latin in no time! Noli timere! As the Romans would say, "Have no fear!" You ll be reading and speaking Latin in a flash with this friendly guide.

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