At least once a month, someone will contact me with this question:
“What do I order if I want to start reading Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg?”
This is a good question.
After all, Lingua Latina is completely in Latin. If you try to order it, there is a very good chance you are going to get confused.
That said, here is what I recommend, in list form:
- First, order Lingua Latina. Just click the picture on the right of this post. Or, click the link above this sentence. This is it. This is the book you should order. You could stop here. Hans Ørberg designed the perfect self-taught Latin manual. Just start reading. Read it again, and again, and again. Read it until you master it. This is the cheapest way to teach yourself Latin. You do not have to possess everything else that I am about to recommend.
- Many of my students complain that no English explanation exists in Lingua Latina. This is, in part, why I created Visual Latin. Visual Latin explains, in English, the grammar behind Lingua Latina. If you want video explanations of Latin grammar, order Visual Latin. It is the most comprehensive Latin video course available today. There are 60 lessons. Since each lesson contains 3 videos, that’s 180 videos! You can order Visual Latin here. Or, you can simply click on the Visual Latin banner on your right.
- If you want a written explanation of Lingua Latina, order the explanation that Hans Ørberg wrote himself. Order Latine Disco, by Hans Ørberg. Unfortunately, the print is small, making the book difficult to read at points, but, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. You are basically reading the author’s notes, in English.
- I recommend the exercise book with hesitation. If you are a novice, this book will overwhelm you. Not only that, you really do not need it. At the end of every chapter in Lingua Latina, you will find a homework section. You will find three homework assignments: Pensum A, Pensum B, and Pensum C. (Pensum is a Latin word. It means task or homework.) Complete these. The exercise book is just more of the same. It is like adding Pensum D, C, E, F, and G. Helpful, for sure. But, not necessary.
- Since Lingua Latina is an international book, for international audiences, there is no Latin to English glossary. Personally, I think that is a good thing. It forces you to begin thinking in the language. You could order a Latin to English dictionary, but you really do not need to. There are several free ways to learn the vocabulary. You could just go to Quizlet and enter Lingua Latina. You will end up with flash cards for the entire book. Go here: https://quizlet.com/subject/lingua-latina/. You could also learn to use the site Whitaker’s Words. Plug in any Latin word and you will get the definition right away. Try it. You will love it.
- Of course, if you just do not want to go it alone, I offer Lingua Latina classes every year. You will find the schedule of my online classes here: https://dwanethomas.com/schedule-2015-2016/. Tuition for these classes is less than $300 a year, which is the lowest price I have been able to find for online Latin courses. I also offer several guarantees no one else offers online. If you find you are in over your head, I will refund your tuition. Or, if you like, you may simply repeat the class as often as you need to.
Lingua Latina is the best Latin book out there. I have read them all. There is nothing like this book. You can learn Latin. You can read this book. If you get stuck, I am happy to help!