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This is an elementary Latin course accompanied with a detailed grammar based upon Kennedy's Public School Latin Grammar designed to introduce one to the world of classical languages. A basic understanding of grammatical terminology would be helpful; however, it is not required. Basic definitions of terms will be explained in Lessons 1 and 2, and later elaborated as needed.
For detailed explanations and examples of English grammatical terms, please consult the English Grammar textbook. However, Latin grammar is quite different from that of English, and thus it requires different grammatical terms to explain the concepts. These will be taught as needed.
Preface[edit | edit source]
This book will attempt to teach the reader about Latin from the ground up. Please read the Introduction to the origins and structure of Latin carefully, as it introduces the concept of a stem. As is typical in many other languages, the infinitive stem (present tense, active voice) is used for conjugating verbs. [The introduction of additional information in parentheses is done simply to avoid confusing a student who has already had exposure to Latin.]
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A Progressive Latin Grammar and Exercises[edit | edit source]
Introduction to the origins and structure of Latin[edit | edit source]
- How to study a language on the Internet and in your head
- Special consideration: How to use a Wikibook when progress may mean inaccuracy
- Grammatical Introduction to Latin The origin and structure of Latin
- Basic Grammar Grammatical introduction.
Chapter 1: Basic Sentences[edit | edit source]
- The Nominative Case Create basic Latin sentences, with adjectives and the verb "to be"
- Adjectives A short introduction to adjectives
- Present indicative active construct An introduction to verbs, and the present tense of regular verbs.
- Adverbs & Prepositions More on adjectives, and an overview of adverbs and prepositions.
- The Accusative Case Learn to create sentences with transitive verbs.
- Pronouns Summary of Pronouns
- Chapter 1 Verse
Chapter 2: Complex Sentences[edit | edit source]
- The Imperfect Tense The imperfect tense, working in the past.
- The Genitive and Dative Cases Indicate indirect objects and possession.
- The Future Tense Verbs in the Future
- The Ablative and Vocative Case Indicate an ablative construct / directly address someone
- The 3rd, 4th and 5th declensions All remaining categories of nouns
- Irregular Verbs & Revision Review of all five declensions and the conjugation of present imperfect indicative active verbs.
- Translation Exercise Translate a passage.
- Imperfect and Future indicative active constructs
- Chapter 2 Verse
Chapter 3: Advanced Sentences[edit | edit source]
- Imperatives Ordering or Telling People What to Do.
- Active vs. Passive Verbs
- Indicative Passive Verbs Present, imperfect, and future passives.
- Principal Parts Principal verb parts and verb conjugation.
- The Perfect Indicative Tense The uses and formation of the perfect indicative tense.
- The Perfect Indicative Passive Verbs Use the perfect with the passives.
- Future and Past Perfect Indicative Tenses
- Ablative Absolute and Accusative Infinitive Constructions
- Chapter 3 Verse
Chapter 4: The Subjunctive Mood and Complex Sentences[edit | edit source]
- The Subjunctive Mood Subjunctive vs. Indicative moods, conjugate the Subjunctive present.
- The Uses of the Subjunctive
- The Subjunctive Imperfect Conjugation and uses of the imperfect subjunctive.
- The Subjunctive Passive Verbs Conjugate the present and imperfect subjunctives.
- The Subjunctive Perfects The perfect endings for the Subjunctive.
- The Subjunctive Perfect Passive Verbs Perfect auxiliary verbs for the subjunctive passives.
- The Gerund and Participles Verbal Nouns.
- Conditional Clauses Conditional sentences in the indicative and subjunctive mood
- Revision Review of all five declensions and the conjugation of the active subjunctive verbs.
- Idioms An overview of idiomatic phrases used in Latin.
- Translation Translate a passage from the Vulgate Bible.
- Chapter 4 Verse
- Verse from the Gospels
Chapter 5: Review[edit | edit source]
- Revision Review of all five noun and adjective declensions.
- Revision Revise work on all verb conjugations and learned forms.
- Translation Translate a passage from Catullus.
- Exercises Review of subjunctive forms.
- Exercises Review of passive forms.
- Revision Ideas and memory tools for language patterns in conjugation and declining.
- Chapter 5 Verse
- Poem about Latin
Spoken Latin[edit | edit source]
This is a test chapter to teach those who wish to learn Latin which they can use in their daily lives.
Appendices[edit | edit source]
- Verb Synopsis
- List of Declensions
- Phonology of Latin (pronunciation)
- Accents and Scansion
- Morphology of Latin
- Ecclesiastical & Medieval Latin
- Latin Grammatical Definitions
- Latin Dictionary
- Latin Mottos and Phrases (used nowadays)
- Latin Abbreviations (used nowadays)
- Common phrases
- Latin Resources
- Library of Graded Latin Texts for Translation
- Spoken Latin
- Words and their Flexion
- Prefixes and Suffixes
- Stylistic Features of Latin Verse and Prose
About the Book[edit | edit source]
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See also[edit | edit source]
Cultural insights in other wiki books / wiki articles.
External links[edit | edit source]
- Latin for Beginners An excellent textbook for beginners available for free, by B. L. D'Ooge, with the Answer Key here on Wikibooks.
- Whitaker's Words Whitaker's Words is a Latin dictionary DOS program and is available for free. William A. Whitaker (1936–2010) was a colonel in the United States Air Force.
- A Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges A valuable Latin grammar reference available for free, by Albert Harkness.