Henle Latin or Visual Latin?

I received this question:

I have a reluctant Latin learner (6th grader). We purchased visual Latin a couple months ago, but will be starting classical conversations in the fall. So what the difference is between visual and henle and which would be better for him?

Here is my reply:

First of all, I apologize for the long delay.  I was on the road for weeks.  Home now.  Catching up.

Almost everyone hates Latin.  Ask around.  🙂

I am not surprised your Latin learner is reluctant.  

Visual Latin is an attempt to teach the complicated grammar of Latin in a light-hearted fun way.  Still, it’s tough.  There is no getting around it.  

Visual Latin teaches the grammar of Latin.  A student can use the information in Visual Latin to help as they plow through any other Latin book, including Henle Latin.

If you are in Classical Conversations, you are going to have to plow through Henle Latin either way.  Many students have used Visual Latin to help them over the mountain that is Henle Latin.  Henle Latin is good.  It gets the job done.  But, it tends to be dry.  A lot of students lose their interest in Latin because of that book.  I hate that.  I hope I can help stop that trend.

I also take students through Henle Latin each year in live online classes.  If you get stuck and need help, that is available here: https://dwanethomas.com/henle-latin-online-classes/

Let me know if you need more help.  I am home now and will be on my computer every day but Sunday.

Thanks!

Dwane Thomas