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Alpha Teach Yourself Latin in 24 Hours

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2003

    Great Book

    I had 12 hours of Greek as an undergrad before studying Latin, and Bealer's book is far superior to any of my Greek texts. I took a grad class using SB's book--meeting with a prof for one hour a day for 24 days--and in that time I learned enough Latin to be able to translate fairly proficiently given only 4 weeks of study(I don't know what the other reviewer was thinking. You can't learn any language, especially one as complex as Latin in 1 day.) Bealer's book is good because you learn grammar AND vocabulary as you go. By the end of the book you've memorized 100's of very commonly used words and are thus less dictionary dependent. His method is excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2002


    I bought this book to serve as a refresher, but am finding an hour per lesson to really learn the material a gross underestimate. Most of my frustration deals with the organization of the book and the amount of new vocabulary thrown at the learner in the concluding reading passages in each lesson. The author may present one noun/adjective case at a time, but the reader doesn't need to learn all the declensions for that case in the first real lesson...and all present tense verb conjugations--regular AND some irregular--as just a PART of one lesson. What I find most disappointing is the reading at the end of each lesson accompanied by a massive reading vocabulary list. I've studied several languages, including Latin, and I know about roots, etc. but attempting to translate the concluding reading still becomes a dictionary exercise. On the plus side: there are lots of exercises in each lesson with answers in the back. If the author had made the lessons shorter and more focused and the readings less dependent upon a huge list of reading vocabulary this book would be greatly improved. When teach yourself Latin in 24 hours is not to be viewed as teach yourself Latin in one day, there's nothing magic about the number 24. Give me 60 lessons or so and I won't feel so overwhelmed.

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