Category Archives: Education

War Commentaries of Caesar

You kids today.  I am so jealous.

When I moved to Germany as a teenager, I decided to learn German.  Someone gave me a set of language learning cassette tapes.  This, kids, is a cassette tape:

There were twelve cassettes in the course.  I was glad someone gave the series to me.  As I recall, the series cost about $300.  In the 1980’s, $300 was an inaccessible fortune.

These days, you have access to more German audio material than you could ever listen to.  For free.  Do you see why I am jealous?

Every year, I take students through Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic Wars.

I like to listen to audiobooks.  I went hunting for an audio version of Caesar’s book.  I expected to spend $20 to $30 on Audible.com.  I found it.

The Commentaries by Julius Caesar read by Charlton Griffin is my new favorite audio version.  Sure enough, the book costs a bit more than $20.

However, if you want it for free, it is also available on YouTube.  Seriously. Here you go:

You kids today have it all.  You could learn anything.  Stop playing Candy Crush.

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Vocabulary for Visual Latin 2?

I received this question:

My daughter is enjoying her Latin study with your fun and engaging lessons. We bought the Visual Latin 2 printed course materials. We have not been able to find a place where there is a copy of all the latin vocab from volume 2 (lessons 31-60). Is there a master list for the visual Latin 2 or better yet a visual latin 1 & 2 combined vocabulary list? Thank you for your materials. They are appreciated!

Here is my reply:

Hi!  

Unfortunately, no.  There is a master list for Visual Latin 1, but there is not a master list for Visual Latin 2.  Don’t know how I managed to do that.  That is something I am planning to solve this summer.  

Meanwhile, I recommend these online tools when looking up Latin words:

Whitaker’s Words: http://archives.nd.edu/words.html

The Latin Dictionary: http://latin-dictionary.net/

Another Latin Dictionary (this one is really good for conjugating verbs): http://latindictionary.wikidot.com/verb:vocare

Verbix (a bit complicated and difficult to use, but not bad as a last resort): http://www.verbix.com/languages/latin.shtml

Visual Latin vocabulary organized into lists of flashcards: https://quizlet.com/CompassClassroom/folders/visual-latin/sets

I hope this helps!

Dwane

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After Visual Latin?

I received this question:

Dwane…

We have used the Visual Latin for the past 2 years and are sad that it’s ending. My son is going to be in high school and wants to continue his study of Latin… so what would be a good next step for us?

Thanks!

Here is my reply:

Good morning!

If he wants to go beyond Visual Latin, I would recommend one of the next level online Latin classes on my site: www.dwanethomas.com.  I designed these classes precisely for students who wanted to go beyond Visual Latin.

You can find out more here: https://dwanethomas.com/subscribe/

And, here is the schedule for next year: https://dwanethomas.com/schedule/

Dwane

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De Bello Gallico in Italiano.

I use this blog as a means of communication.  I use it to communicate with students and parents.

From time to time, I use this blog to vent some of my frustrations. As none of my friends or family read my blog, it is a perfect place to hide my feelings in plain site.  If it frustrates you that, from time to time, I use this blog as my own personal journal then read the URL again: www.dwanethomas.com.

I also use it to gather information I may later want.  As I am teaching myself Italian, I was pretty happy, while researching Caesar’s ancient romp through France, to discover several Italian videos discussing Caesar’s Gallic Wars.

This is for me, but you may find it enjoyable as well.  At least you can get a feeling for how Latin may have once sounded.  When it comes to pronunciation, Italian is the closest thing we have.

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Why I do what I do….

I received this note from the parent of an online student:

Thank you so much!  As someone who is part of my “educational team” for my kids, you should know my daughter received a Gold Summa Cum Laude award this evening for her NLE this year. She missed 3 on the Latin 1 test, and her younger sister by 2 years missed 5 on the Intro. What a surprise to mom!  Thanks for making a difference!

This is our first online class, and I have to say that I am beyond impressed that our teacher who is somewhere out in the Internet world actually knows who we are!  I have always figured that you had so so many students….never would I have dreamed that you would know us the way you do.  Thanks for being personal, even if we never meet face to face!

You made her year of Latin so much better than if we had attempted it alone!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  

– Julie

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Will Henle 1 prepare me for Henle 3?

I received this question:

Hi!  I am CC tutor and I have completed 1-26 in Henle I four times.  I will be doing Henle 3 this fall with an older group.  Do you recommend I finish Henle I on my own this summer and get as much of Henle 2 done as possible, or jump into Henle 2 now?  What would be the best prep for Henle 3?  I have read before than 1-26 is all that is necessary for 3, but if you think I would be better off finishing the first book, I can do that instead.

Here is my reply:

I have never taught Henle 3 (I start this year) so, I am not exactly sure what to tell you about preparation.  I can say this, though… 

In my experience, Henle 1 does not prepare students for Henle 2.  I fear what is waiting for myself and for my students in Henle 3.  

I think the best thing students can do is simply jump in and start swimming.  

If you are interested, there is an ace you can play.  If you have time this summer, read Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg.  Since you have read Henle 1 many times, you are already ready for it grammatically.  You will have to learn a lot of new vocabulary, though.  Henle Latin 1 teaches students about 400 words.  Lingua Latina teaches students about 2,000.  When laid out like that, it is easy to see the problem with Henle Latin.  

Henle Latin is worth going through.  But, in my opinion, it really needs to be supplemented with Lingua Latina.  

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Can I learn Latin over the summer?

I received this question: 

I am a parent who actually wants to learn Latin alongside their child.  The academic year was too busy for me to commit the time I wanted to commit, so I fell behind, but have pledged to work diligently over the summer break….which begins now (for me).

I noticed that subscriptions beginning now will end July 1.  Could you please explain what that means in terms of my goals?   I would like to begin again with Henle Latin 1 and work as far as I can for the duration of the summer until our academic year begins again….around Sept 1.  

Here is my reply:

Good morning!

I have changed the structure on my site.  Now, you can subscribe anytime and cancel anytime.  No penalties.  

There is now only one subscription option.  Keeps things simple for everyone.  A subscription grants access to every live class I teach. It also grants access to every recorded class on my site.    

So… Sure! You could do that. 

I have quite a few students who use the recordings only.  Many of them prefer this option because it allows them to move at their own pace. Students are always welcome to contact me if they have any questions.

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