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Overview

"Teach Yourself in 24 Hours" offers an excellent format for learners of foreign language with its highly structured, step-by-step and comprehensive teaching style. It educates readers through 24 hour-long lessons including drills and exercises to effectively master the fundamentals of Latin.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780028639321
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Language: Latin
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

HOUR 1. Basic Grammatical Terms; Singular and Plural; Agreement.

The Stages of the Latin Language. Task 1: Using Articles. Latin Word Order. Task 2: Working with Word Order. The Parts of Speech. Task 3: Identifying Parts of Speech. Singular and Plural of Nouns; Declension. Task 4: Nouns and Their Plurals. Grammatical Gender. Task 5: Working with Nouns and Gender. Neuter Nouns. Task 6: Nouns and Their Plurals. Singular and Plural in Verbs. Task 7: Subject-Verb Agreement. Task 8: Working with Verb Forms. Noun-Adjective Agreement. Task 9: Noun-Adjective Agreement I. Linking Sentences. Essential Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 2. Third Declension Adjectives; Substantival Adjectives; Verbs with an Implied Subject.

Third Declension Adjectives. Task 1: Noun and Adjective Agreement. Recognizing Adjective Types. Task 2: Identifying Adjective Types. Task 3: Noun and Adjective Agreement II. Substantival Adjectives. Task 4: Translating Substantival Adjectives. Task 5: Translating from Context. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 3. The Nominative and Accusative Cases; Prepositions with the Accusative; the Infinitive Mood; Negation.

Introductory Reading. Nominative and Accusative Cases. Task 1: Nominative or Accusative. Forms of the Accusative Case: Masculine and Feminine Nouns. Task 2: Conversion of Nominative to Accusative. Task 3: Noun Forms. Accusative Case: Neuter Nouns. Task 4: Noun-Adjective Pairs. The Accusative Case After Prepositions. Task 5: Working with Prepositions. The Infinitive Mood. Task 6: Working with Infinitives. Negation. Task 7: Negation. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 4. Conjugation of Verbs; the Imperative Mood; Duration of Time.

Introductory Reading. Advice from a Talking Nightingale. Conjugation of Verbs. Task 1: Identifying Person and Number. Conjugating Latin Verbs. Task 2: Conjugating in Latin I. Task 3: Translating Verb Forms I. The Four Latin Conjugations. Task 4: Identifying Conjugations. Personal Endings in the Four Conjugations. Task 5: Conjugation. Task 6: Conjugating in Latin II. Task 7: Translating Verb Forms II. Third Conjugation -io Verbs. Task 8: Conjugating -io Verbs. Dictionary Form of Verbs. Task 9: Identifying Conjugations. The Imperative Mood. Task 10: Identifying the Mood. The Imperative Mood in Latin. Task 11: Imperative Forms. Task 12: Translation. Negative Commands. Task 13: Working with Negation. Another Use of the Accusative Case: Duration of Time. Task 14: Translating the Accusative. Forms of the Verb To Be. Task 15: Working with the Verb Sum. Compound Verbs Built on Sum. Task 16: Working with Compounds of Sum. Task 17: Translating Irregular Verbs. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 5. The Ablative Case.

Introductory Reading. Forms of the Ablative Case: Nouns. Task 1: Working with the Ablative Case. Task 2: Identifying Cases. Adjectives in the Ablative Case. Task 3: Noun-Adjective Pairings. Uses of the Ablative Case. Task 4: Translating Prepositional Phrases. Ablative Without a Preposition. Task 5: FWIB. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 6. Questions; Complex Sentences; Relative Clauses.

Introductory Reading. Questions for Information: Interrogative Pronouns. Task 1: Translation of Interrogative Pronouns. Interrogative Adjectives: What…?, Which…? Task 2: Working with Interrogative Adjectives. Other Interrogative Adjectives: Qualis, Quantus, Quot. Task 3: Translating Interrogative Adjectives. Task 4: Qualis and Quale. Interrogative Adverbs. Task 5: Interrogative Pronouns and Adverbs. Yes/No Questions. Task 6: Forming Questions. Task 7: Translating Questions. Loaded Questions. Task 8: Forming Loaded Questions. Nonne and Num. Task 9: Translating Yes/No Questions. Answering Yes/No Questions. Task 10: Translation. Main and Subordinate Clauses. Task 11: Identifying Subordinate Clauses. Task 12: Working with Conjunctions. Relative Clauses. Task 13: Identifying Antecedents. Relative Clauses in English. Task 14: Relative Clauses. Relative Clauses in Latin. Task 15: Working with Relative Pronouns. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 7. The Future and Imperfect Tenses.

Introductory Reading. Tense. Task 1: Identifying Time and Aspect. Latin Tenses. Task 2: Using the Imperfect. Task 3: Translating the Imperfect. The Imperfect Tense Throughout the Conjugations. Task 4: Using the Imperfect II. Task 5: Translating the Imperfect II. Forms of the Future Tense. Task 6: Working with the Future. The Future Tense: Third and Fourth Conjugations. Task 7: Working with the Future II. Task 8: Converting Tenses. Irregular Verbs in the Imperfect and Future Tenses. Task 9: Converting Tenses II. Task 10: Translation. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 8. The Genitive Case.

Introductory Reading. Forms of the Genitive Case. Task 1: Working with the Genitive Case. “I-stem” Nouns: All Genders. Task 2: Working with I-Stem Nouns in the Genitive. Task 3: Identifying Case and Number. The Genitive Case in Interrogative and Relative Pronouns and Adjectives. Task 4: Noun-Adjective Pairings. Uses of the Genitive Case. Task 5: Translating the Genitive Case. Genitives in Other Relationships. Task 6: More Fun with the Genitive. Dictionary Entry for Nouns. Task 7: Working with Dictionary Entries. More on Third Declension Adjectives: One-Termination Forms. Task 8: Working with One-Termination Adjectives. More on Third Declension Adjectives: Consonant Stem Adjectives. Task 9: Agreement. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 9. The Perfect Tense; Adverbs.

Introductory Reading. Forms of the Perfect Tense. Task 1: Working with the Perfect Tense. Formation of the Perfect Stem. Task 2: Converting Present to Perfect. Dictionary Entry for Verbs. Task 3: Distinguishing the Present and Perfect Tenses. Perfect of the Verb esse. Task 4: Translating the Perfect Tense. Forming Adverbs from Adjectives. Task 5: Converting Adjectives to Adverbs. Two Irregular Verbs. Task 6: Translating Irregular Verbs. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 10. The Dative Case.

Introductory Reading. Forms of the Dative Case. Task 1: Working with the Dative Case. The Dative Case: Neuter and I-stem Nouns. Task 2: Singular and Plural of Dative Nouns. Task 3: Identifying Case and Number. Task 4: Translation. The Dative Case in Interrogative and Relative Pronouns and Adjectives. Adjectives in the Dative Case. Task 5: Noun-Adjective Pairings in the Dative Case. Task 6: Identifying Case and Number. Uses of the Dative Case. Task 7: Translation. Idiomatic Uses of the Dative Case. Task 8: Translation. Review of the Cases. Task 9: Case and Number. The Pronouns Ego, Tu, Nos, and Vos. Task 10: Pronoun Forms. Emphatic Use of Subject Pronouns. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 11. The Pluperfect and Future Perfect Tenses; More Pronouns.

Forms of the Pluperfect Tense. Task 1: Working with the Pluperfect Tense. Forms of the Future Perfect Tense. Task 2: Working with the Future Perfect Tense. Using the Pluperfect and the Future Perfect Tenses. Task 3: Translating the Pluperfect and Future Perfect Tenses. The Pronoun Is. Task 4: Working with the Pronoun Is. Using the Pronoun Is. Task 5: Translating the Pronoun Is. The Pronoun Ille. Task 6: Translating Ille. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 12. Present Participles; Gerunds.

Introductory Reading. Forms of the Present Participle (-ing). Task 1: Working with Participles. Declining the Present Participle. Task 2: Declension of Participles. Using Participles. Task 3: Translating Participles. The Ablative Absolute. Task 4: Translating the Ablative Absolute. The Gerund. Task 5: Translating Gerunds. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 13. The Passive Voice: Present, Imperfect, and Future Tenses; Passive Imperative and Infinitive.

Introductory Reading. Active and Passive Voice. Task 1: Matching Forms. The Present Passive Throughout the Conjugations. Task 2: Translating Verb Forms. Forms of the Passive Voice: Imperfect Tense. Task 3: Translating Verbs. The Future Passive: The First and Second Conjugations. Task 4: Working with the Future Passive. The Future Passive: Third and Fourth Conjugations. Task 5: Translating Verbs. Review of Verb Forms. Task 6: Verb Forms. The Passive Infinitive. Task 7: Converting Active to Passive. The Passive Imperative. Task 8: Converting Active to Passive II. Agency. Task 9: Working with Agency and Instrument. Ablative of Description. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 14. The Passive Participle; The Perfect, Pluperfect, and Future Perfect Passive.

Introductory Reading. The Perfect Passive Participle. Task 1: Identifying Participles. Forms of the Perfect Passive Participle. Task 2: Translating Participles. Other Ways of Forming the Perfect Passive Participle. Task 3: Principal Parts and Participles. Meaning of the Perfect Passive Participle. Task 4: Working with Participles. The Ablative Absolute Revisited. Task 5: Translating the Ablative Absolute. Passive Voice: Perfect, Pluperfect, and Future Perfect. Task 6: Translating Passive Forms. Subject-Verb Agreement in the Passive Voice. Task 7: Working with Agreement in Passive Forms. Impersonal Verbs and Impersonal Passives. Task 8: Translating Impersonal Verbs. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 15. Deponent Verbs; Future Participles; Periphrastic Constructions; Hic and Iste.

Introductory Reading. Deponent Verbs. Task 1: Translating Deponent Verbs. Semideponent Verbs. Future Participles. Task 2: Working with Future Participles. The Future Passive Participle. Task 3: Matching Participles and Nouns. Periphrastic Constructions. Task 4: Translating the Active Periphrastic. The Passive Periphrastic; Dative of Agent. Task 5: Translating the Passive Periphrastic. Two New Pronouns: Hic and Iste. Task 6: Translating the Pronoun Hic. Task 7: Translating Iste. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 16. Perfect and Future Infinitives; Accusative and Infinitive in Indirect Statements; Vocative and Locative Cases.

Introductory Reading. Infinitives. Task 1: Translating Infinitives. The Future Infinitive. Task 2: Translating Infinitives II. The Passive Periphrastic in the Infinitive Mood. Infinitives in Indirect Statements. Task 3: Translating Indirect Statements. Infinitives and Relative Time. Task 4: Translating Indirect Statements II. Other Ways of Making Indirect Statements. The Vocative and Locative Cases. Task 5: Working with the Vocative Case. Task 6: Working with the Locative Case. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 17. The Comparative and Superlative Degrees.

Introductory Reading. Degree in Adjectives. Task 1: Working with the Comparative Degree. Declining the Comparative Degree. Task 2: Working with the Comparative Degree II. Syntax of Comparisons. Task 3: Working with Comparisons. The Ablative of Comparison. Task 4: Working with the Ablative of Comparison. The Superlative Degree of Adjectives. Task 5: Working with the Superlative. Irregular Comparative and Superlative Forms. Task 6: Working with Irregular Comparative and Superlative Forms. Comparative and Superlative Adverbs. Task 7: Working with Comparative and Superlative Adverbs. Another Use of Quam. Task 8: Translating Quam. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 18. The Subjunctive Mood, Present and Imperfect Tenses; Exhortation; Purpose Clauses; Indirect Commands.

Introductory Reading. Forms of the Subjunctive Mood. Task 1: Converting Indicative to Subjunctive. Imperfect Subjunctive. Task 2: Converting Indicative to Subjunctive. The Subjunctive in Independent Clauses. Task 3: Translating Exhortations. Polite and Negative Commands. Task 4: Translating Commands with the Subjunctive. Wishes. Task 5: Translating Wishes. The Subjunctive in Subordinate Clauses. Task 6: Translating Purpose Clauses. Indirect Commands. Task 7: Translating Indirect Commands. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 19. Perfect and Pluperfect Subjunctive; Indirect Questions.

Introductory Reading. Two New Tenses of Subjunctive Mood. Task 1: Converting Indicative to Subjunctive. The Perfect Subjunctive, Passive Voice. Task 2: Converting Active to Passive. The Pluperfect Subjunctive, Active Voice. Task 3: Conjugating the Pluperfect Subjunctive Active. The Pluperfect Subjunctive, Passive Voice. Task 4: Converting Active to Passive. Overview of Forms in the Subjunctive Mood. Task 5: Identifying Tense and Voice. Perfect Subjunctive in Commands. Indirect Questions. Task 6: Translating Indirect Questions “Future” Subjunctives. Task 7: Translating Indirect Questions II. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 20. Result, Temporal, Causal, and Concessive Clauses.

Introductory Reading. Temporal Clauses: Cum. Task 1: Translating Temporal Clauses. Other Temporal Conjunctions. Task 2: Translating Temporal Clauses II. Causal Clauses. Task 3: Translating Verb Forms. Task 4: Translating Quod. Concessive Clauses. Task 5: Working with Concessive Clauses. Overview of the Conjunction Cum. Task 6: Translating Cum. Result Clauses. Task 7: Translating Result Clauses. Noun Clauses of Result. Task 8: Translating Noun Clauses of Result. Clauses of Fearing. Task 9: Translating Fear Clauses. Overview of the Conjunction Ut. Task 10: Translating Ut Clauses. Essential Vocabulary. Recogntion Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 21. Relative Clauses with the Subjunctive; More Pronouns.

Introductory Reading. Indefinite Pronouns and Adjectives. Task 1: Working with Quidam. Aliquis. Task 2: Working with Aliquis and Aliqui. Other Forms with the Ali- Prefix. Task 3: Translating Forms with Ali-. Shortened Forms of Ali- Pronouns, Adjectives, and Adverbs. Task 4: Translating Indefinite Pronouns. Other Compounds with Quis. Task 5: Translating Compound Pronouns. Relative Clauses with the Subjunctive. Task 6: Translating Relative Clauses. Relative Clauses of Purpose. Task 7: Translating Relative Clauses II. Other Relative Clauses with the Subjunctive. Task 8: Translating Relative Clauses III. Relative Adverb Clauses. Task 9: Translating Relative Adverbs. Subjunctive by Attraction. Task 10: Translating the Subjunctive. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 22. The Potential Subjunctive; Conditions.

Introductory Reading. Conditions. Future “More Vivid” Conditions. Task 1: Translating Conditions. Future “Less Vivid” Conditions. Task 2: Translating Conditions II. Contrafactual Conditions. Task 3: Translating Conditions III. Summary of Conditional Sentences. Task 4: Translating Conditions IV. “Implied” Conditions: Present and Past. Task 5: Translating Implied Conditions. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 23. The Subjunctive in Indirect Statements; Reflexive Pronouns.

Introductory Reading. Reflexive Pronouns. Task 1: Translating Reflexive Pronouns. Reflexive Pronouns: Third Person. Task 2: Translating Reflexive Pronouns and Sui. The Adjective Suus. Task 3: Translating Suus. The Intensive Pronoun/Adjective Ipse. Task 4: Translating Ipse. Dependent Clauses in Indirect Statements. Task 5: Working with the Sequence of Tenses. Conditions in Indirect Statements. Task 6: Translating Conditions in Indirect Statements. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

HOUR 24. Gerundive and Supine Constructions; More Pronouns; Numbers.

Introductory Reading. Gerundives. Task 1: Translation. Expressions of Purpose with Gerund and Gerundive. Task 2: Translating Gerundives. The Supine. Task 3: Translation. Review of Expressions Indicating Purpose. Task 4: Working with Purpose Constructions. More Pronouns. Task 5: Translating Pronouns/Adjectives of Duality. Indeclinable Suffixes. Task 6: Working with Suffixes. Review of Q-Words. Numbers. Task 7: Addition. Higher Numbers. Task 8: Working with Ordinal and Cardinal Numbers. Combining Numbers. Task 9: Working with Ordinal and Cardinal Numbers II. Essential Vocabulary. Recognition Vocabulary. Reading Exercise.

Postscript.

Appendix: Answer Key.

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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

    overwhelmed

    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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