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Halfway there.

On October 27, 2017, I read the following article by author Bob Bly.  (Mr. Bly gives full permission to reprint his articles as long as you give him credit.)

I recommend you read the article in its entirety.  Here it is (Actually, this is only part of the article. He swore at the beginning.  A lot of students read my work.  I removed the swear word):

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Sometimes internet marketing is a pain.

You work hard on a product, launch it, and nobody is interested.

Now you have to salvage the product either by improving it or bundling it with other stuff.

Continue reading Halfway there.

Impressed

“I’m reading your book, Via, and I’m very impressed. It is a wonderful life-help book and not just for languages. I’ve never been a very disciplined person, so it will take lots of baby steps; however, your book gives me hope for change. I’m going to have my husband read it in addition to my daughter.”

– Dawn

Feedback

I received this comment today.  It made me happy.

“I’m reading your book, Via, and I’m very impressed. It is a wonderful life-help book and not just for languages. I’ve never been a very disciplined person, so it will take lots of baby steps; however, your book gives me hope for change. I’m going to have my husband read it in addition to my daughter.”

Want to read it yourself?  Check it out here: https://dwanethomas.com/via/

 

Via: Table of Contents

I received this inquiry on Facebook:

“Is there a look inside anywhere? Table of contents?”

I am still new to this world.  Someone else asked for a Kindle edition. I know nothing about publishing on Kindle.  Another mountain to climb.  I don’t mind.  I like climbing.  It makes me happy.

Still, I am not there yet.

Meanwhile, while you wait for me catch up with the digital revolution, here is the table of contents from the book, Via:

INTRODUCTION                                                                                                 Learning Latin is not a weekend job.  Rome was not built in a day.   This book is a map for you.  It is my hope that Via will be a guide, and that it will keep you on target.  In the introduction, you will find an overview.

Chapter 1: SET A GOAL                                                                                         Latin is a tough language.  Do not assume that you can grab a book and go.  Before starting, I will point you in the right direction.  You are going to need a clear goal to hang on to.  I will show you how to set that goal.

Chapter 2: DETERMINE                                                                                           Now that you have goal, you are going to need to hang on tight.  You are about to sail into uncharted waters.  You will be tempted to pull back, to retreat, to quit.  Do not give up.  In this short chapter, you learn why you must hold on… and why.

Chapter 3: ACT                                                                                                                   It is time to move.  I am always surprised by how many of my students fail to take this critical step.  Some of them fail to act at   all.  Some of them take action, but in the wrong way.  Avoid their mistakes.  In this chapter, you will discover the steps you must take.

Chapter 4: THE TOOLS                                                                                                   Time to get practical!  This chapter provides an overview of all you have available as a modern Latin learner.  This chapter is a reminder that you have it better than your parents did.  It is good to keep that in mind as you learn Latin.

Chapter 5: LISTEN                                                                                                     Most Latin programs overlook this step.  That is not good.  Listening to Latin may be the most important habit you develop as you learn this language.  But, what should you listen to?  More importantly, when are you going to find time to listen?  Find out in Chapter 5.

Chapter 6: READ                                                                                                           You may not be able to find much to listen to as you learn Latin, but, you will find more to read than you can handle.  In fact, you may find yourself overwhelmed.  What should you read?  In what order?  Get those questions answered in Chapter 6.

Chapter 7: WRITE                                                                                                   When you write in Latin, you re-learn everything you have forgotten.  When you write in Latin, you are learning to think in Latin.  How do you do it?  How do you start?  It may be easier than you think!

Chapter 8: SPEAK                                                                                                   Almost all Latin programs overlook this step, too! Why would they do that?  Perhaps it is because many Latin teachers do not actually speak the language themselves.  They can read it fluently, but are often not able to speak it fluently.  That is probably caused by the confusion surrounding the “correct” pronunciation of Latin.  How do you get beyond this problem?  Find out in Chapter 8.

Chapter 9: ASK                                                                                                               You will need help as you learn Latin.  Whom do you ask?  In Chapter 9, you will find out where to go to get the help you need.

Chapter 10: TEACH                                                                                                   How did I learn Latin?  How am I learning Greek?  When I want to learn a new language, I teach it.  Find out why this is my biggest secret to success in Chapter 10!

CONCLUSION                                                                                                                 Did you find this book helpful?  Have you got any feedback for me?   After a quick review of everything we learned, I will show you all the ways you can get in touch with me.  I would love to hear from you!

Help me get back on track….

One of my goals this year is too blog every day (except Sunday). Today is day 45. So far, it is working.

What is not working, however, is the “word of the day.”

From 2010 to 2013, I posted a “word a day” almost daily. Late in 2013, after my father passed away, I stopped. Cannot seem to re-launch.

I need your help. Here is how you can help me get back on track:

If you catch me skipping a day, contact me here, or contact me at my site, and I will send you a free copy of the ebook, Via.

In the book, I share the secrets to learning Latin (or any language) that I have picked up over the years.

Each day, I post the “word of the day” to my blog and facebook by 9am. If 9am rolls by, and the “word” doesn’t pop up, contact me. The first person to contact me will receive a free copy.

I don’t want to give the book away. Too many years, months and days went into it.

Perhaps the thought of giving it away for free will motivate me to get back on track.

Via…The book is done!

Dear Student,

Do you want to learn Latin?  Good.  You have chosen a good goal.

Unfortunately, choosing the goal is often harder than reaching the goal.  I am sure you know this already.

I have taught Latin for nearly two decades.  Latin is one of my favorite subjects.

However, Latin has also made me very sad.  It has made me sad, because, year after year, I watch students struggle with the language.

Sometimes it is Latin that causes trouble for my students.  More often, it is my students who are causing their own troubles.  They typically blame Latin.  Latin is too hard, they complain.  Yet, Latin is not always the problem.  After all, it is a language.  It is a grammar system and a vocabulary system just like Spanish, French, and Russian.

Sure, learning another language can be tough… but, it may not always be the language itself causing the problem.

I have been teaching Latin for a long time now.  I have taught very successful students who are now fluent in multiple languages.  But, I have also taught students who did not finish.

I want you to be among the students who are now fluent in multiple languages.  I want you to succeed.

Now, in my just-published 113 page e-book, Via: A map for students lost on the road to Latin, I reveal the secrets to maximizing your efforts while learning Latin.

In it you will discover:

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  • Why setting clear goals is so important.   Page 10.
  • How much time it actually takes to learn another language… in this case, Latin.   Page 20
  • How to create more time for yourself so that you can learn Latin.  Chapter 1

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  • How to use those “wasted minutes” during the day.   Page 26
  • How to develop the habits that will make learning Latin automatic.   Chapter 2.
  • Why language “immersion” does not always work.  Page 43.
  • How to recognize the tools of the internet age.   Page 45.
  • What to listen to as you learn Latin.   Page 53.
  • What you should read as you learn Latin.  Page 55.
  • How to read the news in Latin.  Page 61.
  • Why there are “two” Latin pronunciations.  Page 72.
  • Where to go for help when you are stuck. Page 95.
  • Why you are not too old to learn Latin.  Page 107.
  • And more…

Slightly skeptical?  Here is what others have said:

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“I like to say that my daughter has done “school” any way that you can do school, from a traditional classroom setting and modules to various online courses and she is very adamant that you are one of, if not her best teacher!  She is challenged with the content but gains confidence from your energy and humor. When asked why she thinks you are such a good teacher, she will say that she can tell that you respect your students as individuals and that you really enjoy your subject.”

– Josephine 

“G. enjoys it so much and looks forward to class time and to doing her Latin work each day.  You have made her learning experience fun, challenging, and profitable.”

– Angel

I can’t not scream loud enough about this man! My dd had a horrible teacher for Latin and turned her completely off Latin, foreign languages, and anyone except mom teaching her anything – ever!

It took me over a month to talk her into trying him. Within 2 weeks she did a complete turn around – with in a month all I heard was Latin Latin Latin (But without tears this time).

– Samantha

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Why I forgot to blog today.

Yesterday, I posted a video with Seth Godin and Tom Peters.  I named the post, Why I Blog Everyday.

Then, today, I didn’t blog.

Well… almost.  I am blogging now, right?

So, what is my excuse?

Just this.  In 2013, I started gathering everything I had learned about the process of learning Latin.  I gathered all the links I had found, all the tips I had picked up over the years, all the responses sent to struggling students… and put them into a 100 page book.

Actually, it is longer than 100 pages, but not by much.  Anyway, I planned to sell the book someday, but, you know… I freaked out a little bit.  What if people didn’t like it?  What if people didn’t find it all that useful?  Worse… what if no one bought it?

In short, I gave into my fears.

I shelved the book.  At least… I tried to.

In the back of my mind, the book gnawed at me.  What good was it doing on my computer?  Who was it helping?

This last January, I got a few random breaks from school.  I ended up with time to write, and edit.

I finished the blasted book.  I am at Starbuck checking all of the links now.  It will be for sale on my website tomorrow.

I don’t care who buys it.  I don’t care if anyone buys it.  I am going to post it on my site so that I can look at it everyday, point my finger at it, and say… “Yeah.  You tried to stop me.  But, guess what?  I won!  You are finished.  You are sitting on a webpage.  You are out of my head.  Now, let me sleep!”