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Diagramming the sentences in Henle Latin…

I received this email:

Hi there, I ran across your blog in  my internet search for “Henle Latin diagram answers” I am a Classical Conversations Challenge A tutor and learning Latin right along with my students this year.  I am struggling because the answers in Henle do not include the diagrams they ask you to do.  Last year, I tutored the Essentials program in CC and learned all about sentence diagramming (and LOVED it!!).   I am always eager to know if my diagrams are correct, and to understand the why if they are not.  Henle leaves me hanging in this.  🙁   Do you have any guidance (or do you provide any materials) that give the answers to the sentences Henle asks you to diagram?  Specifically, I am in Henle Latin First Year, Lesson 2, exercise 19, sentence 10.  The genitive is tied to the compound direct object and I don’t know what it should look like.   Another one that stumped me is in exercise 20, sentence 2.  He gave a sword to the friend but not to the slave.   I am not even sure how to diagram this in English.  I get how I would do it for the compound sentence “He gave a sword to the friend, but he did not give a sword to the slave.”  Something just seems off with their wording.    Is it a complex sentence?

Anyways, all that to say,  if you have any help for me on where to go for my seeking of answers to the diagramming of Henle exercises, I would be most grateful!!

Here is my reply:

Extra Henle practice….

This year, I am teaching a Latin course for students in Classical Conversations.  We are reading through the text First Year Latin, by Robert Henle.

In his series, particularly in the first book, Mr. Henle requires students to diagram some of the Latin sentences. 

Personally, I enjoy diagramming sentences, and would be happy to do this with my online students, but, time constraints will not allow it. 

For this reason, I started a new series on the Visual Latin You Tube page.  Naturally, I named it, “Diagramming Sentences.” 

Each short video explains how to diagram one new grammar concept.  First, I introduce the new grammar concept.  After that, we look at 5 or 6 sentences.  We analyze and parse each sentence, then diagram each sentence, then translate each sentence. 

It will take me a while to get through the entire text of First Year Latin, but, that’s okay.  Anything worth achieving takes time.  My only regret is that I did not start earlier.  Currently, my online students are in chapter 16 of Mr. Henle’s book, and, in the new series, I have diagrammed sentences through only chapter 3. 

The series will certainly be helpful to future classes.  Perhaps my current students will find the new series to be a helpful review.

By the way, the new series is helpful even to those not studying Latin.  After all, each sentence is analyzed and parsed and diagrammed in English first.  Only then do I translate the sentences into Latin.

Interested in boosting your knowledge of English?  Struggling with the challenging Henle Latin books? Check out the series here:


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Diagramming prepositions

Here is the latest video in new series, Diagramming English.  In this video, you will learn how to diagram prepositional phrases.

These videos are particularly helpful for students learning Latin via First Year Latin by Robert Henle.

In “Henle” Latin, the author expects students to analyze, diagram and translate many sentences in each chapter.  Some of my students find this overwhelming.

This video, and the others in the series, will help students learn to acquire these new skills.  In this particular video, students learn to diagram prepositions.