Struggling through Visual Latin?

I received this comment on my site:

Hi, I’m 12, and I’m taking Visual Latin 2 this year.

I’m struggling a bit with the Reading and Translation parts (Section C of each lesson), do you have any things that could help with that?

Thank you,

Here is my reply:

Hi!

I apologize for the long delay.  Finally catching up…

I frequently have students who fall behind.  Visual Latin is a tough, tough course.

So…, what do you do when you fall behind?  

First,  do not panic.  You are not alone.  Many, many students fall behind.  It is so common.  Latin has a way of kicking those who are down.

Second, remind yourself that Latin is old.  Really old.  It hasn’t really gone anywhere for two thousand years and it isn’t going away.  In other words, you have plenty of time to study Latin.  I didn’t start learning Latin until I was 23.  Even better, Benjamin Franklin didn’t start until he was 40.  Best of all (though it is not about Latin), Dr. Mary Hobson did not start studying Russian until she was 56.  She went on to become a famous translator.  The point is this… You are not behind at all. Perhaps you have simply stalled out for a bit.  There is time to catch up.

Third, do not be afraid to contact me if you get stuck.  I am happy to help you if you are struggling.  Even though VL is done, I am still making videos to explain difficult Latin concepts.  Many students need further explanation.  Chances are you are struggling with the same thing other students struggle with. I am happy to help.  

Fourth, don’t forget… Visual Latin is a video series.  You can always repeat and review anything you do not fully understand.  Don’t be afraid to review. 

If you have specific questions, you are welcome to email me.  But, there is also a forum you can use to interact with other Visual Latin users.  To get there, you will need to register as a new user on my site: https://dwanethomas.com/

Or, if you or your parents use Facebook, you can also ask questions here: https://www.facebook.com/laughatlatin

VL 2 is only going to get harder as you go.  Latin is tough.  I wish that were not true, but it is.  There is no way around it.  You are climbing a tough mental mountain.  Just brace yourself.  VL 2 isn’t going to be easy.  

I am impressed that you are pushing through VL 2 as a 12-year-old. You must be a hard worker.  Keep it up, and keep in touch!  

Let me know if you have any trouble!  Happy to help!