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Now’s your chance…

Every Saturday, I send out a tip of the week.  I also include announcements, upcoming classes, and so on.  If you would like to hear from me every weekend, sign up for my weekly updates here:


I don’t like to use my email list to advertise.  Instead, I like to let you all know about new tips and tricks I have discovered.

But, today, I thought I should let you know that Visual Latin is on sale.  Just click on the sale link to the right, if you are interested.

Compass Classroom is having a “Back to School Sale” from now until August 9.

I know some of you are confused.  I have a DVD series for Latin, but, I also teach live Latin classes.  What gives?

Let me explain.  No.  There is too much.  Let me sum up.

Visual Latin stands on its own.  It is a two year Latin course.  It will take you from zero Latin to reading the gospels in Latin.  I recommend Visual Latin as a complete Latin course for middle school, or early high school.   I can now safely say that people really like Visual Latin.  I know.  I have seen the emails.  Hundreds of emails from happy, happy mothers whose children now like Latin.

I recommend Visual Latin to anyone who wants to learn Latin.

After Visual Latin, I recommend you tackle something like Spanish, French, or Italian.  Learn something spoken by millions of people.  Then, go talk to them.

However, some people just can’t get enough of my voice.  If you are done with Visual Latin and you are one of those people, I offer “next level” classes on my site: www.dwanethomas.com.  If you liked Visual Latin and you want more Latin, I can take you there.

I recommend this route to those who have finished Visual Latin and want something more.

But, perhaps you have a copy of First Year Latin by Robert Henle on your kitchen table, and you yourself are on the bathroom floor with your knees pulled up, biting your nails, glancing nervously toward the kitchen, I can help.  Henle Latin is intimidating.  I know.  I have seen the emails.  Hundreds of emails from frightened, frustrated mothers facing Henle Latin.

I recommend this route ONLY to those in Classical Conversations who feel they could use help with Henle Latin.

If you are just starting out in Latin, check out the sale going on over at Compass Classroom.  It ends Wednesday.

Have a happy Saturday!
Dwane Thomas

P.S. If you are joining me live this fall I am offering orientation classes every week in August.

This Tuesday (August 8, 2017) at 6 PM central time, I am offering an orientation class.  If you are confused about upcoming classes, or if you have any general questions, join me here for free:

Also, If you have already signed up, you may need the registration links for class.

If you have subscribed, but have not registered for the upcoming classes, please email me and ask for the registration links.  After verifying your subscription, I will send them to you.

Okay.   I’m done.  Have a great weekend!

High school credit?

I received this comment:

We currently homeschool with Classical Conversations. I have a 5th grader in Foundations and Essentials, and an 8th grader in Challenge B. I would like to “beef” up Latin for my 5th grader to prepare her for Challenge, and I would like help with Henle Latin 1 for my 8th grader. We plan to homeschool through Challenge 1 (at least). My oldest has worked so hard in Latin these past two years, I really want her to receive her HS credits for Latin. If she goes to the local high school they do not offer Latin. I have no idea how to go about this process and what it entails to receive the credit.

I also like the idea of joining so the entire family can use the site. Any guidance or assistance you can provide I will be grateful. Homeschooling through high school is intimidating. I don’t want to mess anything up or create more work for her later on.

Here is my reply:

Good morning!

You are right about homeschooling through high school.  It’s challenging.  I recommend the advice of Carol Joy Seid.  She really does simplify the complicated.  

Compass Classroom has a helpful course: http://www.compassclassroom.com/homeschool-made-simple.html

If you are involved in Classical Conversations, I would check with them about high school credits and requirements.  It is my understanding that the credit system is set up on a time basis.  

If you are using Visual Latin, we have set the course up according to the Home School Legal Defense Association parameters.  If you follow the guide in Visual Latin, students will spend about 150 hours on the course.  This should satisfy the requirements for high school foreign language credit.  The HSLDA parameters are here: https://www.hslda.org/highschool/docs/EvaluatingCredits.asp

If you are considering the next level live online Latin and Greek classes I teach on my site, plan to spend an hour a day studying Latin or Greek.  This means students will spend about 200 hours during the course.  This is more than enough to satisfy high school credit requirements.

Let me know if you have more questions!

Have a happy Thursday!



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.


Dwane Thomas

Challenge A, B, and C?

I received this comment:

I am interested in the Henle Latin 1 online class for my son who will do Challenge A with Classical Conversations.  

Have you ever considered doing a class that just corresponds with what they will cover with each level?  For Challenge A students they only cover part of the book, Challenge B covers the same as A and then more and Challenge 1 covers the whole book.

Would you recommend this class for a Challenge A student?  He has limited Latin experience, but really likes Latin and has been working on his own this summer to learn more.  

Here is my reply:

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

I have considered teaching such a class.  However, I have limited time.  In order to teach Henle 1, Henle 2 and eventually Henle 3, and 4, I am forced to teach Henle 1 in the first year.  Not only that, I personally feel it is dishonest to charge families for Latin 1 and to then spread a Latin 1 course over three years.  

Here is what I would recommend.  Join the online Henle 1 class if you like.  Go as far as you are able.  For instance, you could join the class and drop out at chapter 24 if is just too difficult at that point.   The next year, when I teach the class again, you could join and go further.  Perhaps even finish the book.  You only pay tuition once.  In the second year, you would choose the option: “I am repeating this class.”  I do no charge tuition when a student is repeating a class.  Students can repeat as often as they like.  

Also, if you decide to sign up, only to realize the class moves too rapidly, you are welcome to a full refund.  I have tried to provide multiple safety nets for families.  My wife and I homeschool our five children.  It gets expensive.  I know how it feels.  I want families to feel no risk when it comes to Latin.

Please let me know if you have any more questions.  I am home now, and will be online every day but Sunday.


Audit option

Many of you have asked, “What do I do I want to join an online class, but have a schedule conflict?”

This morning, I created an option for you.

When checking out, choose the option: “I am auditing this class.

This option will still grant you all the log-in information.  You will be able to join the online class live if you are able.  This option will also provide you with access to the previously viewed classes.  If you cannot make it to the live class at the scheduled time, you can simply watch class later.  No need to hang out with me on Tuesday, or Wednesday afternoons.  Watch class whenever you like.

I also lowered the price for this option.  🙂




Tired Mom, New Latin teacher.

I received this comment:

Hi, Dwane

I am a  tired, overworked, homeschool mother who is also going to be the Challenge A director this year for the first time. Whoop.

Since I am Latin clueless, and frankly, not feeling very motivated to learn it by myself, I am very interested in your online Henle 1 class. I have a few questions:

1. I am wondering how interactive your classes are, and how you handle the interaction.

2. In your opinion, is this class a good fit for me?

3. Is there tax on the cost of the class? If so, I have a tax exemption certificate I’d like to get to you.

Thanks so much for your help. If I don’t hear from you soon I might sign up  with the intent to take advantage of your guarantee if it turns out to be a bad fit.

Here is my reply:


First of all, you are not alone.  I receive emails from tired, overworked, homeschool mothers every single day.  There is an epidemic.  🙂  

Unfortunately, Latin does not seem to be the cure for all you tired mothers.  Instead, Latin adds insult to injury.

I interact with students during class.  Some students choose to interact and ask questions in class, some choose to simply watch.  All during the week, students will email me.  We interact via email on a daily basis.  Though it is not active yet, I intend to add a forum to my site.  Students and I will be able to interact there as well.  

In your second question, you asked if the class was a good fit for you. You are asking the barber whether you need a haircut, or not.  🙂  I do think the class would be a good fit for you.  You are overwhelmed by Latin.  I am not.  I’ve been teaching Latin for almost twenty years.  For me, it’s easy.  I believe I can help you.  Of course, if I am wrong, I will happily refund any tuition.

There is no tax unless you are a resident of Tennessee.  

Let me know if you need any more help!

Dwane Thomas

After Henle 1?

Here is a complex Latin question I received.  

My guess is that more than a few of you are in this situation. 

I have 2 daughters taking Latin.  One is taking your Henle 1 class. She was in Classical Conversations until this past year.  That is where she started with Henle. I was assuming she would just continue with you with Henle 2 even though she is no longer in CC.

My younger daughter will be finishing First Form Latin, Year 1, by Memoria Press. 

As for my younger daughter,  would advise starting her in Lingua Latina and not Henle?  

Since my older daughter is no longer at Classical Conversations, after she completes this years Henle 1, would you advise her switching to Lingua Latina also, instead of Henle 2? If she makes the switch, where would she begin? 

Here is my reply:

Hi, Jean!

I would definintely recommend Lingua Latina for both of your girls, depeding on a few variables.  First, how old is your younger daughter?  Lingua Latina is a tough course.  I don’t want to overwhelm her.

As for your older daughter, I recommend she read Lingua Latina (or, go through the class) just because if fills so many holes that Henle Latin does not fill.  

If you decide to have here go through the class, though, chose the “repeat” option when purchasing the class.  This way, you will not have to pay for her.  Since she has already completed the Henle class with me (or, will have), I would consider her a repeat student.  

If she wants to go beyond the level she is currently in, I recommend the Fables and Foundations class.  I am seriously considering adding part of Caesar’s Gallic Wars to this class as well.  Caesar’s Gallic wars is the content of Henle 2.  

I am tired.  Am I making sense?  I hope so.  Let me know if have confused you and if I can be of more help!