An hour a day?

I received this question:

I’ve see you say in various contexts that to learn Latin you need to commit about an hour a day.  So far as I’ve explored Visual Latin (prior to the introduction of Linga Latina, I’ll grant you), it seems that each chapter has about an hour’s worth of work per week.  Besides listening to some Latin daily, what else should we be doing?  My son (who is public high school but hasn’t been given the opportunity to study a language at school) is working through VL with me, and it has never taken us more than one hour or so to listen to the videos and do the handouts for any chapter.

Here is my reply:

Hi!

Beyond Visual Latin, I recommend extensive reading.  This where the bulk of the work comes in.  

I know that you have purchased my ebook, Via.  (Thank you, by the way.)

You will find extended answers in chapters 5 and 6, but the short answer is this.  Find a copy of Lingua Latina, by Hans Ørberg.  When you get it, just start reading.  This alone may keep you busy for an hour a day for several years.  :-).  It’s a tough book.  Fortunately, it is not boring.  Lingua Latina is a novel.  Second, start listening to the Bible in Latin every day.  It does not matter if you do not understand what the readers are saying.  Just listen an imitate.  I recommend doing this for at least 15 minutes a day.  

Combined, all three should give you practice in Latin for about an hour a day.

Let me know if you need more help!

Dwane