Category Archives: Online Classes

Visual Latin and Lingua Latina?

I received this question:

My daughter is taking your visual Latin year one. According to the syllabus, it says that in lesson 10 to start reading one chapter in lingua Latina every two visual Latin lessons. Would you please describe what this looks like or give me an example of how she is supposed to interact with this book.

Here is my reply:

If I were you, I would wait until she finishes lesson 10, or so, in Visual Latin.

At that point, I would recommend she start reading Lingua Latina.  Just treat it like a novel, which is what it is.  This will give her a lot of extra practice with the language. 

After lesson 10, in Visual Latin, have her read a chapter one of Lingua Latina.  Have her take her time.  It is not going easy.  Lingua Latina is a tough, tough book.  But, it is well worth it.  There is nothing quite like it. 

If she finds herself overwhelmed by Lingua Latina at some point in the future, you are more than welcome to join one of my online classes.  I take students through Lingua Latina every year.

You can find more information about that here: https://dwanethomas.com/subscribe/

Second Year Latin Test 1 is up.

Even though John Gotto wrote this, “Who wouldn’t get bored teaching students who are rude and interested only in grades?” and even though I agree with him, what am I to do?

Incidentally, I don’t deal with very many rude students.  But on a daily basis, I deal with students only interested in grades.  It’s depressing.  I can teach you to read the New Testament in Latin or in Greek  But what of it?  Only one question seems to matter.

“Will I be getting an A?”  Sigh.

Every other day, I receive requests to grade the work of my students.  Nope.  No longer.  (If I am currently grading your work, I will continue to do so.  But, I am taking on no new graded work.)

Remember.  When students send their work to me, they send their work in the ancient Latin or in ancient Greek.  Could you grade that?  It’s harder than you think it is.

If a student sends sloppy careless work, I could spend an hour or two on a single email.   I sometimes receive hundreds of emails a day.  It is no longer physically possible to keep up.  If a half dozen lazy students send sloppy work, I am sunk for a week.  Happens all the time.

On the other hand, It takes me about two hours to create and publish a test.  My site will then grade your work automatically, and (Unless you cancel) track your grades.

Just published a test for Second Year Latin this morning.  Please let me know if you spot any mistakes.

Quod, quia, enim, and nam.

Students are often confused by the multiple forms of “because” in Latin.  A student posted the following helpful explanation in the forums:

=================================================

I think I have figured out the difference between: “quia, quod, nam, enim, propter, and ob”. Did I forget to include any words that are similar? Do you think my following explanation is accurate?

“quia” and “quod” are basically the same, they mean “because” and they seem to be used when you’re answering a question.
Exmp: “Cur…?” “Quia/quod….”
I don’t think it matters which one you use.

“nam” and “enim” seem to be used more when you are making a clause or explaining something you have already said. They don’t seem to be used when answering someone who has asked you something. They work translated as “because” or as “for”.
Exmp: “Iulius solus non est, nam quattuor servi apud eum sunt.” OR “Timothius doctus est. Is enim multos libros legit.”

“propter” and “ob” seem to work better translated as “on account of” or “because of” instead of as “because”.
Exmp: “Marcus umidus est propter imbrem.” OR “Puer in domo manet ob nubes veniens.”

=================================================

It isn’t too late to join any of my online classes, by the way.

To join, simply click the blue button below: 

  • Billed once per month, 36 times

Add to Cart

Exit interview

A subscriber canceled this week.  She left this note:

“Thanks so much, and thanks for all your help in Latin, couldn’t have done it without you!”

– Krystal

That’s the kind of exit interview that makes me happy.

=================================================

Still on the fence?  Not sure you want to join?  To see what others are saying, check this page out:  https://dwanethomas.com/testimonials/

=================================================

Want to join a class?  Click the blue button below: 

  • Billed once per month, 36 times

Add to Cart

=================================================

Every Saturday, I send out a tip of the week.  I also include announcements, upcoming classes, and so on.  If you would like to hear from me every weekend, sign up for my weekly updates here:

Nope.

I received this question:

To subscribe to Henle Latin 2, must I pay $25 for three years? That’s how I interpret the section on subscriptions.

Here is my reply:

Hi!

Nope.  Join anytime.  Cancel anytime.  Most of my students stay with me for three or four years.  After the third year (if you stick around), your payments simply end… but, your subscription doesn’t.

By the way, I only charge per family.  A subscription grants access to every live class I teach (currently 10). It also grants access to all of the previous class on my site (currently around 700 classes).

This will help explain my thinking: https://dwanethomas.com/before-you-cancel/ 

Have a happy Tuesday!

=================================================

Want to join a class?  Click the blue button below: 

  • Billed once per month, 36 times

Add to Cart

=================================================

Every Saturday, I send out a tip of the week.  I also include announcements, upcoming classes, and so on.  If you would like to hear from me every weekend, sign up for my weekly updates here:

Grading…

I received this question:

We are counting Henle 1 as high school credit. What do you recommend we assess for grades? I can grade the assignments you assign, there are your weekly quizzes – what else do you recommend? Also, how do you recommend I grade the weekly assignments? So far, I have tallied up a word total for each sentence and then counted off for missed vocab, case or tense.

I am thankful for your Latin class and hope to take advantage of more of your online classes.

Here is my reply:

I wish I could keep grading.  I enjoyed interacting with my students.  Unfortunately, I just don’t have the time anymore.  I’ve been answering general Q and A emails for about 5 hours this morning. 

As my site has grown, the emails have grown.  I receive hundreds of emails a day.  There are two kinds of emails.  Half are from students whose work I grade.  The other half are general inquiry emails.  The general inquiry emails are requiring more and more of my time. 

I am working every day to build tools to help students check their own work.   I will be creating more quizzes and tests for my site.  I have already begun loading my own answer keys to my site, and I will be loading more.  These are free to subscribers. Over the past six, or seven years I have created a massive database of responses to my students.  These I am uploading to my site for my subscribers.  I also have forums where students are able to interact with other students and are able to check each other’s work.

You are doing the right thing.  Have her take the quizzes on my site. 

But, also, have her do the work assigned in the syllabus.  She (or you) can check her work using the Student Answer sections on my site.  You will find those here: https://dwanethomas.com/my-courses-2/

If you look in the Student Answer sections, you will find my notes (and point deductions) to students from previous years.  This should help.

None shall pass.

I received this cry for help:

I am trying to join the forum and it is not intuitive on your site. I’ve done a search and it you posted a students reply about “making an account in the blog” but under the blog tab there is nothing about making an account. I have gone all over your site and cannot find any links to gaining permission to a forum. Please help!

Here is my reply:

I am more of a Latin and Greek teacher than a web designer.  However, since I was broke when I started teaching online I built the entire site myself.  Which… is why it looks like it does.   I built an ugly horse, but I know how to ride it.  Heh.
As for the forums, you did the right thing.  You contacted me.  After I was hacked in February, I refuse to allow anyone into the forums without my personal permission.
Just updated your account.  You are good to go.
You now have access to the forums.  Feel free to try them out.  You may find that other students will be able to respond to some of your questions faster than I.