Getting Started with Latin

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A book review of Getting Started with Latin: Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age by William E. Linney

A book review of Getting Started with Latin: Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age by William E. Linney

Stars: *****

Armfield Academic Press (2007)
Learning Latin
194 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: What’s preventing you from teaching Latin in your homeschool or learning it on your own? If you’re intimidated because you’ve never studied Latin, bewildered by traditional Latin books that move too fast, or just don’t know where to begin, then Getting Started with Latin is for you! Specifically designed to overcome these types of obstacles, Getting Started with Latin is divided into simple lessons that explain the fundamentals of Latin grammar in a way that anyone can grasp. Instead of burying you in mountains of information to memorize, new words and concepts are introduced in a gradual and systematic way. You can immediately apply what you’ve learned by translating the fun exercises at the end of each lesson. Quickly check your work by turning to the included answer key. To hear the words pronounced, listen to the free recordings available from For additional help and instruction, the author has provided extensive audio commentary recordings that teach through every lesson and exercise in the book. With everything you need here in one book, why aren’t you Getting Started with Latin?

Getting Started with Latin

Looking to learn Latin? If you are looking for an easy way to learn Latin this book, and it’s sequel Keep Going with Latin are a great place to start. It’s simple layout will have you building on itself, word by word and sentence by sentence.

The book starts off with tips on using the book including how the book is laid out, how to get help with pronunciation, how to make test and quizzers and how long to study each day.

The lessons start out really simple and your child (or you!) can start out doing more than one lesson per day. For example lesson one is how to say sailor. Lesson two is a grammar note. Lesson three is how to say I am. Lesson four is how to put the first few lessons together. Starting Lesson three the book includes exercises. These start out very simple. For example lesson five you’ve now learned how to say sailor, I am and I as well as proper word order. So lesson five’s exercises include: translating the Latin to English for small sentences such as I am, I am a Sailor, and it’s many variations.

Later lessons are longer and you may want to do one lesson at a time. There are 134 lessons in this book. There are of course more in the sequel as mentioned above.

In this book common Latin expressions are also included such as Carpe Diem, Summa Cum Laude and Ex Libris.

We are really excited to learn Latin here. I will probably do the lessons as well as my teenage daughter so we can practice together.

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