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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.
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A Progressive Latin Grammar and Exercises
Introduction to the origins and structure of Latin:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Imperatives Ordering or Telling People What to Do.
- Active v. 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
- 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
- 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
This is a test chapter to teach those who wish to learn Latin which they can use in their daily lives.
- Verb Synopsis
- List of Declensions
- Phonology of Latin (pronunciation)
- Accents and Scansion
- Morphology of Latin
- Ecclessiastical & Medieval Latin
- Latin Grammatical Definitions
- Latin Dictionary
- Latin Mottos and Phrases Used today.
- Latin Abbreviations Used today.
- Common phrases
- Latin Resources
- Library of Graded Latin Texts for Translation
- Roman History
- Roman Culture
- Spoken Latin
- Words and their Flexion
- Prefixes and Suffixes
- Advanced: Stylistic Features of Latin Verse and Prose
About the Book
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- An excellent textbook for beginners is available for free at Latin for Beginners by B. L. D'Ooge.
- Whitaker's Words is a Latin dictionary DOS program and is available for free at Whitaker's Words. William A. Whitaker (1936–2010) was a colonel in the United States Air Force.
- A valuable Latin grammar reference is available for free at A Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges by Albert Harkness.