I received this question:
Is it ok that I can’t translate very well at this point? It will come eventually, right? I just want to know if I am on track OR if should I spend extra time reading Lingua Latina and going over the vocabulary?
Here is my reply:
You are in a tough, tough, tough Latin course. I have seen Latin teachers struggle with this book. I am not kidding. When I read your translations, I feel you are getting 85 – 90% of it. And, that, Amy, is good. I think you are doing fine. Forget perfection. Work toward progress. You are doing that.
There is always more you can do. Always. I am teaching myself Italian right now. I spend about 3 hours a day studying. At the end of the three hours, I usually feel inadequate. I could have done more, should have done more, etc. But, if you take a long-term view, you know you will be back the next day. And, the next day. Over the course of several years, you will get good at it. It just takes time.
If you want specific advice, then yes. I would recommend going over the vocabulary. I recommend you review vocabulary every day if you can. I also recommend you re-read the chapters daily if you can.