Visual Latin and the AP Latin exam.

I received this email:

Hello Mr. Thomas.
I really really love your courses and videos. As a matter of fact your videos convinced me to take Latin as a second language in school. Although in school, the class is slow and I like fast paces in language learning. As my parents say, I have a gift in language-learning and I love linguistics and the study of languages. So I want to purchase your Visual Latin course to speed the learning process up although I have two questions. The first is, will this course get me ready for AP Latin for my Junior Year (if you recommend doing AP). I want to really challenge myself. My second question is, will I be able to read texts like De Bello Gallico or Natural History by Pliny? I forgot to mention that I also read that you are now teaching Italian. I have a big interest in Italian and I’m currently studying it on Duolingo. Do you have any books or videos on Italian? Thank you so much! I really enjoy watching your videos and I can’t wait to watch more with the Visual Latin!
Here is my reply:

I am happy to hear that you are enjoying Visual Latin.

Unfortunately, I have to tell you that Visual Latin, will not prepare you for the AP Latin exam.  To pass that exam, you will need to be very familiar with Caesar’s Gallic Wars and Vergil’s Aeneid.  Visual Latin is designed to teach students the basics of Latin grammar.

I do teach advanced online classes for those who would like to go beyond Visual Latin.  You can find out about them on my site: www.dwanethomas.com.

However, you may not need me to help you.  I recommend you read Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg.  You can find it by clicking here: Lingua Latina.  From there, read the second book in the series, Roma Aeterna.  Once you read these, you will be ready for the Gallic Wars and for Vergil’s Aeneid. 

It’s going to be a long road, my friend.  I like Latin… but, at some point, you may ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?”  I did. Then I started studying Italian.

If you would like to learn Italian, then I recommend you download the book L’italiano secondo il «metodo natura».  If the link does not work, then it is available on this page: http://lingualatina-orberg.blogspot.com/2012/06/el-metodo-directo-aplicado-las-lenguas.html.