I received this question:

Do you have any suggestions for helping students understanding Lingua Latina as they read it? We took a break from Latin last year because she was getting frustrated but we started up again and she is rocking it now but we started reading the Lingua Latina book and she said she was having problems understanding Chapter 2. I would appreciate any suggestions you have for helping her navigate the book better.

Here’s my reply:

Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg is a tough, tough book.  One of the best things you can do is wait.   Wait until students are in lesson 25 or so of Visual Latin before attempting to read Lingua Latina.  

That said, there are some suggestions I have.  

Use Quizlet to master the vocabulary.  There are lists for every chapter: https://quizlet.com/subject/lingua-latina/  To read this book, you must absolutely master the vocabulary.

Use my YouTube channel.  I have many extra videos explaining topics specific to Lingua Latina.  Here is my channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/visuallatin

Finally, use this site.  There is a lot here for students of Lingua Latina.  http://llpsi.blogspot.com/p/llpsi-tutorials.html

Let me know if you need more help!


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If you are interested in learning Latin, you can go through the classes on my site 24/7.  I recommend the book Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg.  If you tackle the book and find yourself bogged down, you may find the classes on my site helpful.  To join, just click here: https://dwanethomas.com/join/

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