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I vote. Every single day.

I skipped the voting lines today.  I had better things to do. But, I voted the day before.  And I voted the day before that. And, I will vote tomorrow.  And, the day after tomorrow. I voted with my children.  I kept them out of the government schools today.   I will...

Letter of the month. 🙂

Last week, I responded on my blog to some complaints about my classes: https://dwanethomas.com/some-complaints-about-my-classes-and-my-reply/ I received this reply from one of my students: "I saw your post about complaints. First of all, any complaints you have about...

Going downhill quickly.

Guys, I am going to cancel all of my morning classes tomorrow (Friday, November 2, 2018). I abruptly canceled three this morning because I was having vision problems.  What I failed to mention was that I was also not feeling well.  I had hoped the sensation would...

Some complaints about my classes… and my reply.

Last summer, I received some complaints about my online classes. There were basically three: I complained about Henle Latin. I skipped some of the small grammatical points in the book. My classes are too long. The author of the email wanted to know if the complaints...

A student asks, “Should I abandon Henle Latin 2?”

I received this question: Hi, Mr. Thomas! I've been taking your Henle II class. (The previously recorded ones, I have not been able to attend your live classes because of schedule conflicts.) I started my study of Latin my freshmen year of high school purely out of...

How to understand deponent verbs.

I received this question: Hi Dwane! Hope you are well. Getting along well with Lingua Latina at the moment. I have two questions: 1. How do you say the word "must" in Latin? (i.e. I must go to school, he must change his clothes.) 2. What is a deponent verb? (Explain...

Some changes…

I have adjusted the early morning class schedule. I have moved "Word Up: Live!" (which is really just an etymological hangout) back 30 minutes.  That "class" will now meet at 5:30 am (central time zone) instead of 5 am. I have also moved the "Book of the Month" class...

I received this question: Would you please provide your input as far as having my children take the NLE this year? They are currently in your Henle Latin 1 class and although they cannot always attend your live sessions...they have been keeping pace right with the...

Should I leave French for Latin?

I received this question: Good evening!  I heard about your classes through a friend who's daughter is using your recorded classes.  I have a daughter who is a sophomore and struggling through an online French year 2 class.  My husband and I cannot help her b/c we...

The invention of the Greek circumflex.

This is more for me than for anyone else. I find the accent marks in Greek and Latin frustrating. I have been studying both languages for over 20 years.  The accent marks in both languages have helped me exactly not at all.  But, they have been a great hindrance and a...