Dump Henle, Date Lingua Latina?

I received this question:

I am inquiring for some advice regarding my son’s Latin experience. He is a senior in high school with  about six more months  of school left.  We are about one-third of the way through the Fourth Form Latin series by Memoria Press.  There is quite a bit of translation work  from the Henle Latin.  I heard about the Lingua Latin and thought it might be fun for a change as well as giving him a little more reading.He probably won’t continue his Latin after high school.  I don’t want to do both.  If we went to the Lingua Latin, where would you recommend we start?  Would even recommend we change?

Here is my reply:Good morning!

Good morning!

Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg saved my career.  As a Latin teacher, I was bored and disillusioned.  The typical textbook is dry, dull, and ineffective.  Should you switch from Henle Latin to Lingua Latina? Yes.  You should.  

Don’t get me wrong.  Henle Latin works.  It gets the job done.  But, it is dull, dull, dull.

On the other hand, Lingua Latina is a novel.  It is tough, but it is enjoyable.  If your son has only six months left in high-school and is done with Latin anyway, have him read the book.  Since it is a story, have him begin at the beginning.  Have him read it like he would read any story. When it becomes too difficult, he is welcome to contact me.  If he gets stuck, I can help.  I answer questions about this book every day.  

This post may help: https://dwanethomas.com/lingua-latina-online-class/

By the way, if you are interested, I teach both Lingua Latina, and Henle Latin online.  If you were to subscribe to my site, your son would be welcome to join the Lingua Latina class, the Henle Latin class, and any other class I teach.  One subscription per family opens everything I teach.

Let me know if you need more help!

Have a happy Wednesday!