I received this question:

Hi Dwane, I read through your FAQ and I have a question about jumping from Henle 1 to Latin Lingua Latina 2. My daughter is finishing Ch1/Henle1 and we are going to take a break from CC. I want her to have another year of Latin. Is there a way for her to jump into Lingua Latina2? Would you she need to do read the first 19 chapters for that as well? Thanks for any suggestions or direction.

Here is my reply:


I apologize for the delay. Finally catching up this morning…

Unfortunately, jumping into the second half of Lingua Latina isn’t easy.  Here is why.  First Year Latin by Robert Henle teaches students 497 words, and most of them are war words.  She already knows that.  Lingua Latina is a book of peace.  There is some war terminology, but not nearly as much.  Also, Lingua Latina teaches students almost 2,000 words.   

We start Lingua Latina 2 in chapter 19 of Lingua Latina.  The good news is that your daughter will have the grammar she needs to get through the first 19 chapters of the book… and beyond.  She just will not be ready to take on the vocabulary if she jumps right into chapter 19.  

Here is what I suggest.  Go ahead and order the book now.  Just click this link: Lingua Latina.  Have her start reading the book over the summer.  Just treat it like a novel (which it is).  After, First Year Latin by Robert Henle, she will likely enjoy reading Lingua Latina.   

It looks like I will not be teaching Lingua Latina live next year (for the first time in years). I will be focusing on finishing up the eternal Henle series.  However, a student could go through the entire course on my site as the classes are up, and I plan to leave them up.  Students could also practice with each other (and me) via the forums.

Let me know if you need more help! 

Have a happy Saturday!