The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Latin, 3rd Edition


An updated guide to the language of the Roman Empire.

Whether interested in learning Latin or just seeking a deeper understanding of English, readers will find a fun alternative to the standard dusty tomes usually associated with Latin. Included in this revised edition are updated vocabulary lists relevant to today’s world, expanded pronunciation guides, Latin-to-English and English-to-Latin translations, and a workbook of exercises, reading ...

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An updated guide to the language of the Roman Empire.

Whether interested in learning Latin or just seeking a deeper understanding of English, readers will find a fun alternative to the standard dusty tomes usually associated with Latin. Included in this revised edition are updated vocabulary lists relevant to today’s world, expanded pronunciation guides, Latin-to-English and English-to-Latin translations, and a workbook of exercises, reading passages, and tools for greater comprehension of the language.
• In 2002, the number of high school students taking Latin tests for college credit had risen 95% since 1993
• According to CNN, educators are increasingly turning toward Latin to improve student performance in reading, math, and science
• Perfect reference tool for law school, medical school, music school, and other graduate school students faced with getting through a Latin course as a requirement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592575343
  • Publisher: DK
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 780,358
  • Product dimensions: 8.84 (w) x 7.36 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Natalie Harwood has a Master’s degree in secondary curriculum and taught high school Latin, English, and French for 40 years. During that time, she also lectured and published academically on teaching Latin. She currently teaches high school Latin.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Frequently Asked Questions 1
1 Why Learn Latin? 3
Latin--the Bad Boy of Foreign Languages 3
Your Latin Teacher Was Tough 4
Dead but Not Forgotten 4
Alumneye or Alumnee? 5
Latin Words You Already Know 6
2 What Exactly Is Latin? 9
Digging Up Your Indo-European Roots 9
A Brief History of Rome 10
Late Latin 11
More Latin Words You Already Know 11
Part 2 What's in a Word? 15
3 People, Places, and Things 17
First-Declension Feminine Nouns 18
Living Things and Their Parts 18
Places and Inanimate Things 19
The Case of the Life of an Oyster 21
Second-Declension Masculine and Neuter Nouns 21
Living Things and Their Parts--Masculine Nouns 21
Places and Things--Masculine Nouns 22
Places and Things--Neuter Nouns 23
A Quick Summary 25
Mouse, Mice; House, Hice? Plurals 25
Declensions--It's All Downhill from Here! 27
Word Order--the Oyster Elephant's or the Elephant's Oyster? 27
And ... Conjunctions! 28
4 What's in a Name? More Nouns 31
Third-Declension Nouns 31
The Third Declension, the I of the Storm 35
The Roman Family and Patria Potestas 35
Fourth and Fifth Declension and "That's All, Folks" 36
Names for Men and Those Other People 37
5 Let's Have Some Action! 41
Words to Be Memorized 41
Really Active Verbs 42
Slightly More Sedentary Verbs 43
Couch Potato Verbs 44
Conjugations, or the Perfect Marriage 44
It's Happening Now! 45
To Be or Not To Be Able 47
The Goose Is Cooked 49
6 Action Without an Ending--Verbals 51
To Be or Not To Be: Infinitives 51
First-Conjugation Verbs 52
Second-Conjugation Infinitives 52
Third-Conjugation Infinitives 53
Third io and Fourth-Conjugation Infinitives 53
Seeing Is Believing 56
Things That Must Be Seen--the Passive Periphrastic 57
Reviewing Verbals 58
7 The Good and the Bad--Adjectives and Accusatives 61
More Words You Know Already 62
No-Brainer Adjectives 62
Harder-to-Remember Adjectives 63
Irregular Adjectives 63
The Most Agreeable Words 65
The Goods on Adjectives as Nouns 65
Good, Gooder, Goodest--Degrees of Comparison 66
I Object! The Accusative Case 69
How's That? Questions 70
8 Taking the Place of Nouns--Pronouns 73
Words You Should Know Yourself 74
First- and Second-Person Pronouns and Adjectives 74
This, That, and Whatever--Third-Person Pronouns and Demonstratives 75
Reflecting: Reflexive Pronouns 78
You Can Go Now! 80
9 Where? When? How Many? 83
Adverbs 83
Easy Adverbs 83
When and Where Adverbs 84
Tell-Me-How Adverbs 84
Adverbs from Adjectives 85
Ten Little Carthaginians--Numbers 87
A.U.C., B.C., A.D., and B.C.E.--the Roman Calendar 88
At Carthage--the Locative Case 91
The Last of the Cases 91
The Dative Case 91
The Ablative Case 92
10 Expanding the Time Frame--Past and Future Tenses 95
The Principal Parts of Verbs 95
Verbs with Easy Third Principal Parts 96
Verbs with Slightly Changed Third Principal Parts 97
Verbs with Principal Parts You Really Need to Know 97
It's an Imperfect World 98
What's in Your Future? 99
The Perfect Tenses, Active and Passive 100
The Imperative--a Commanding Lead 103
Study Tips 105
Part 3 Expressing Yourself in Latin 107
11 Locutiones--Phrases 109
Words Without Which You Cannot Do 110
In the Blink of an Eye--Coming or Going? 112
Prepositions as Prefixes--Preposterous! 113
Hey! Interjections! 116
12 Articuli--Clauses 119
Absolutely Necessary Words 119
Time for Temporal and Causal Clauses 121
The Clause of Much Confusion--Ablative Absolute 121
Or ... Deponent Verbs 124
More Deponent Verbs 127
13 The Theory of Relative Clauses 129
Words That Must Be Learned 129
Recognizing Your Relatives 130
Whoosier Relative Pronoun? 132
Indefinites, Intensives, Interrogatives ... Whatever 135
14 Closing In on Clauses 137
Words to Learn in Order to Be Educated 137
Subjunctive Mood 141
Subordinate Conjunctions 143
Clauses with a Purpose 144
Clauses with a Result 145
Clauses of Fear 145
When? Why? What If? Clauses 145
15 Simple and Not-So-Simple Sentences 149
I Will Learn These Words 149
Simple Sentences--I can learn Latin 152
Interrogative Sentences: Can I learn Latin? 154
Complex Sentences: Although I am a complete idiot, I can learn Latin 155
16 Compound Sentences and Beyond 159
More Words to Learn and Memorize 159
Volo, Velle, Volui 160
Nolo, Nolle, Nolui 161
Compound Sentences 161
Compound-Complex Sentences 162
Indirect Statements 163
Indirect Questions 165
Indirect Commands 165
Part 4 Reading Latin--Selections from Ancient Authors 169
17 Selections from Republican Rome 171
Vita Terenti (The Life of Terence) 171
Caesar: More Than Just a Salad 172
Vita Ciceronis (The Life of Cicero) 174
Dining Room Scene 176
My Sister-in-Law! 177
My House! 178
18 Selections from Vitruvius et al. 181
Vita Vitruivi 181
Vita Titi Livi 184
Vita Plini Secundi 186
How to Catch an Elephant 186
The Sad Fate of Oysters 187
Fishponds and Showers 188
19 Look, Ma! I'm Reading Latin! 191
Sentences You Can Read and a Review of Cases 191
More Sentences and Review of Verb Usage 193
More Sentences and Hints for Translating 195
Stories to Read in Latin 196
Pyrrha et Deucalion 197
Midas 197
Psalmus Davidis XXIII 198
Psalmus pro gratiarum actione C 198
Part 5 Coping with Latin in the Modern World 201
20 Legal Latin 203
Words to Learn or Learn Again 203
Legal Latin Terms and What They Mean 204
Latin in Your Law School Papers 207
Sayings and Quotations About the Law 208
Ancient Roman Law 210
21 Medical and Scientific Latin 213
Rx for Understanding Your Doctor 213
Reading Those Prescriptions 216
Reading Those Signs at the Zoo--Flora and Fauna 218
The Medical World of the Romans 219
22 Late Latin and Church Latin 223
Veba Sancta: Words of the Church Fathers 224
St. Augustine's Confessions 225
Verba Sancta: Words of the Church 226
Music, Sacred and Profane 230
23 Live! From Ancient Rome! 235
Latin in the Federal Government 236
State Mottoes 236
University Mottoes 238
Quotations on Human Failings 239
Quotations on Human Virtues 240
Words to Live By 241
Snappy Comebacks 243
A Vocabulary List 245
B Grammar Summary 285
C Test Your Skills--Latin Exams 313
D Answer Keys 331
Index 375
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