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

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

by Natalie Harwood

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592575343
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 08/01/2006
Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
Edition description: 3rd ed.
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 251,647
Product dimensions: 8.84(w) x 7.36(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Part 1Frequently Asked Questions1
1Why Learn Latin?3
Latin--the Bad Boy of Foreign Languages3
Your Latin Teacher Was Tough4
Dead but Not Forgotten4
Alumneye or Alumnee?5
Latin Words You Already Know6
2What Exactly Is Latin?9
Digging Up Your Indo-European Roots9
A Brief History of Rome10
Late Latin11
More Latin Words You Already Know11
Part 2What's in a Word?15
3People, Places, and Things17
First-Declension Feminine Nouns18
Living Things and Their Parts18
Places and Inanimate Things19
The Case of the Life of an Oyster21
Second-Declension Masculine and Neuter Nouns21
Living Things and Their Parts--Masculine Nouns21
Places and Things--Masculine Nouns22
Places and Things--Neuter Nouns23
A Quick Summary25
Mouse, Mice; House, Hice? Plurals25
Declensions--It's All Downhill from Here!27
Word Order--the Oyster Elephant's or the Elephant's Oyster?27
And ... Conjunctions!28
4What's in a Name? More Nouns31
Third-Declension Nouns31
The Third Declension, the I of the Storm35
The Roman Family and Patria Potestas35
Fourth and Fifth Declension and "That's All, Folks"36
Names for Men and Those Other People37
5Let's Have Some Action!41
Words to Be Memorized41
Really Active Verbs42
Slightly More Sedentary Verbs43
Couch Potato Verbs44
Conjugations, or the Perfect Marriage44
It's Happening Now!45
To Be or Not To Be Able47
The Goose Is Cooked49
6Action Without an Ending--Verbals51
To Be or Not To Be: Infinitives51
First-Conjugation Verbs52
Second-Conjugation Infinitives52
Third-Conjugation Infinitives53
Third io and Fourth-Conjugation Infinitives53
Seeing Is Believing56
Things That Must Be Seen--the Passive Periphrastic57
Reviewing Verbals58
7The Good and the Bad--Adjectives and Accusatives61
More Words You Know Already62
No-Brainer Adjectives62
Harder-to-Remember Adjectives63
Irregular Adjectives63
The Most Agreeable Words65
The Goods on Adjectives as Nouns65
Good, Gooder, Goodest--Degrees of Comparison66
I Object! The Accusative Case69
How's That? Questions70
8Taking the Place of Nouns--Pronouns73
Words You Should Know Yourself74
First- and Second-Person Pronouns and Adjectives74
This, That, and Whatever--Third-Person Pronouns and Demonstratives75
Reflecting: Reflexive Pronouns78
You Can Go Now!80
9Where? When? How Many?83
Easy Adverbs83
When and Where Adverbs84
Tell-Me-How Adverbs84
Adverbs from Adjectives85
Ten Little Carthaginians--Numbers87
A.U.C., B.C., A.D., and B.C.E.--the Roman Calendar88
At Carthage--the Locative Case91
The Last of the Cases91
The Dative Case91
The Ablative Case92
10Expanding the Time Frame--Past and Future Tenses95
The Principal Parts of Verbs95
Verbs with Easy Third Principal Parts96
Verbs with Slightly Changed Third Principal Parts97
Verbs with Principal Parts You Really Need to Know97
It's an Imperfect World98
What's in Your Future?99
The Perfect Tenses, Active and Passive100
The Imperative--a Commanding Lead103
Study Tips105
Part 3Expressing Yourself in Latin107
Words Without Which You Cannot Do110
In the Blink of an Eye--Coming or Going?112
Prepositions as Prefixes--Preposterous!113
Hey! Interjections!116
Absolutely Necessary Words119
Time for Temporal and Causal Clauses121
The Clause of Much Confusion--Ablative Absolute121
Or ... Deponent Verbs124
More Deponent Verbs127
13The Theory of Relative Clauses129
Words That Must Be Learned129
Recognizing Your Relatives130
Whoosier Relative Pronoun?132
Indefinites, Intensives, Interrogatives ... Whatever135
14Closing In on Clauses137
Words to Learn in Order to Be Educated137
Subjunctive Mood141
Subordinate Conjunctions143
Clauses with a Purpose144
Clauses with a Result145
Clauses of Fear145
When? Why? What If? Clauses145
15Simple and Not-So-Simple Sentences149
I Will Learn These Words149
Simple Sentences--I can learn Latin152
Interrogative Sentences: Can I learn Latin?154
Complex Sentences: Although I am a complete idiot, I can learn Latin155
16Compound Sentences and Beyond159
More Words to Learn and Memorize159
Volo, Velle, Volui160
Nolo, Nolle, Nolui161
Compound Sentences161
Compound-Complex Sentences162
Indirect Statements163
Indirect Questions165
Indirect Commands165
Part 4Reading Latin--Selections from Ancient Authors169
17Selections from Republican Rome171
Vita Terenti (The Life of Terence)171
Caesar: More Than Just a Salad172
Vita Ciceronis (The Life of Cicero)174
Dining Room Scene176
My Sister-in-Law!177
My House!178
18Selections from Vitruvius et al.181
Vita Vitruivi181
Vita Titi Livi184
Vita Plini Secundi186
How to Catch an Elephant186
The Sad Fate of Oysters187
Fishponds and Showers188
19Look, Ma! I'm Reading Latin!191
Sentences You Can Read and a Review of Cases191
More Sentences and Review of Verb Usage193
More Sentences and Hints for Translating195
Stories to Read in Latin196
Pyrrha et Deucalion197
Psalmus Davidis XXIII198
Psalmus pro gratiarum actione C198
Part 5Coping with Latin in the Modern World201
20Legal Latin203
Words to Learn or Learn Again203
Legal Latin Terms and What They Mean204
Latin in Your Law School Papers207
Sayings and Quotations About the Law208
Ancient Roman Law210
21Medical and Scientific Latin213
Rx for Understanding Your Doctor213
Reading Those Prescriptions216
Reading Those Signs at the Zoo--Flora and Fauna218
The Medical World of the Romans219
22Late Latin and Church Latin223
Veba Sancta: Words of the Church Fathers224
St. Augustine's Confessions225
Verba Sancta: Words of the Church226
Music, Sacred and Profane230
23Live! From Ancient Rome!235
Latin in the Federal Government236
State Mottoes236
University Mottoes238
Quotations on Human Failings239
Quotations on Human Virtues240
Words to Live By241
Snappy Comebacks243
AVocabulary List245
BGrammar Summary285
CTest Your Skills--Latin Exams313
DAnswer Keys331

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