Category Archives: Vocabulary

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:


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:

The Latin Dictionary:

Another Latin Dictionary (this one is really good for conjugating verbs):

Verbix (a bit complicated and difficult to use, but not bad as a last resort):

Visual Latin vocabulary organized into lists of flashcards:

I hope this helps!



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As I blog my way through my study of Italian, I am considering bring the “Word of the Day” back.

For several years, I posted consistently.  Then, in the craziness that was for me 2016, I dropped the ball.  But, I miss it.

I am going to attempt to resurrect the habit.  We shall see.

I will attempt to blog my way through the “language museum” located at the end of the Loom of Language.

Here goes:

Air: the invisible gasses that make up the atmosphere.  Air comes from Old French, air.  which came from Latin aer (atmosphere, sky; cloud).  The Latin word is related to the Greek αέρ (modern αέρας).

The word Air looks familiar in many modern Latin-derived languages.

  • French – l’air
  • Italian – l’aria
  • Spanish – el aire
  • Portuguese – o ar

Beyond Word Up….

I received this question:

I have a few of questions about Beyond Word Up:

Is it in the same format as Word Up?

How many lessons are there?

Since it’s not a live class, do you have to sign up for a year or just a couple months?

Here is my reply:

No. Unfortunately, it is not the same format as Word Up.  I wish it were.  Word Up was a lot of fun to create.  

The classes on my site are screen casts.  They’re not all that exciting.  Basically, the students simply see the word I am talking about on the screen in front of them.  Each class adds about 20 new words.  In this respect, the material is the same as Word Up, but the delivery is quite different.

There are 24 lessons.  This means that students would learn the history of and the etymology of about 500 words.

And, yes. I have set my site up in such a way that you can subscribe and cancel at anytime.


A few days ago, one of my kids reminded me of Babadum.

How do I forget this stuff?

I used to use Babadum.  Then I forgot about it.  Now it’s back.

I am no big fan of flashcards.  But, if the flashcards help you with pronunciation, I am a big fan.

Babadum is a fun flashcard program that will help you with pronunciation.  It comes in 22 languages, and it’s free.

I would tell you to give it to your kids for Christmas, but, I have to warn you.  Babadum will teach you some bizarre words that you will never use in your target language.  It will also teach some words that you would never want to use.

Oh well.

Must be a European site.

Still, it’s worth it.  Learning Italian, Greek, or French pronunciation is worth it.

Check it out.  Babadum.


In class yesterday, we looked at the Greek word for fear, phobia.  There are, of course, so many English words derived from this Greek word.  This one, though, I found particularly fascinating.

Toxicophobia: the fear of poison; A morbid fear of poisons, or the fear of being poisoned.  From Latin toxicum (poison).  The Latin word came from the Ancient Greek τοξικόν (toxikon) which was the poison applied to arrowheads.  The Greek word τοξικόν derived from τοξικός (toxikos), a word pertaining to arrows or archery.  The old Greek word for bow was τόξον (tóxon).


Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia: fear of long words. 🙂
From hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian, an extension of sesquipedalian with monstrum (monster) and a misspelled form of hippopotamus. The hippo and monstro part were added to exaggerate the length of the word itself.
The Latin word sesquipedalis means “a foot and a half long”. The poet Horace used the word in his Ars Poetica in reference to writers who use very long words, or, in Latin, sesquipedalia verba.

Online class emergency…

If you are not in one of my current online classes, feel free to ignore this blog.  It feels good to ignore unimportant stuff.  I can help you feel good.

If you are in one of my current online classes, this message is for you.

Well, snap.  It has happened.  What I feared has come to pass. The  Internet in Greece is as bad as the economy in Greece.

I thought this might happen.  Remember?  I warned us all that this might happen.  I am not sure that class is going to work this week.  Or, the week after that.  And so on.

I WILL attempt class tomorrow.  You are welcome to come.  However, you should know, the Internet here is slow.  Ridiculously slow.  As slow as a congressman’s conscience.

So, what does it all mean?

It means this.  I AM going to attempt class tomorrow, and Wednesday.  You are likely going to try to attend.  If it fails, we will go to plan B.

Here is plan B:  Most of the classes are already pre-recorded. This means that you will just watch the recording for class.  You can ask any questions that you would ask in class by emailing me at  Or, if you are a Facebook user, contact me here:  Of course, you can also contact me on my site:  If you do try to contact me, and you get tired of waiting, one of your fellow students may be able to help you.  Simply click on the “forum” tab on my site, join the forum for your class, and ask away.  You may even make some friends in there.

As I said, we ARE going to attempt class this week.  IF class fails, I will simply continue pre-recording classes.  Nothing else should change.

One more thing… if you want to finish the classes “live”, I am willing to finish classes up in July and August if you are willing to come to class when it is too hot to be outside anyway.

Let’s see what happens over the next few days.
Dwane Thomas, April 4, 2016