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Exit interview

A subscriber canceled this week.  She left this note:

“Thanks so much, and thanks for all your help in Latin, couldn’t have done it without you!”

– Krystal

That’s the kind of exit interview that makes me happy.


Still on the fence?  Not sure you want to join?  To see what others are saying, check this page out:  https://dwanethomas.com/testimonials/


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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 received this question:

To subscribe to Henle Latin 2, must I pay $25 for three years? That’s how I interpret the section on subscriptions.

Here is my reply:


Nope.  Join anytime.  Cancel anytime.  Most of my students stay with me for three or four years.  After the third year (if you stick around), your payments simply end… but, your subscription doesn’t.

By the way, I only charge per family.  A subscription grants access to every live class I teach (currently 10). It also grants access to all of the previous class on my site (currently around 700 classes).

This will help explain my thinking: https://dwanethomas.com/before-you-cancel/ 

Have a happy Tuesday!


Want to join a class?  Click the blue button below: 

  • Billed once per month, 36 times

Add to Cart


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 received this question:

We are counting Henle 1 as high school credit. What do you recommend we assess for grades? I can grade the assignments you assign, there are your weekly quizzes – what else do you recommend? Also, how do you recommend I grade the weekly assignments? So far, I have tallied up a word total for each sentence and then counted off for missed vocab, case or tense.

I am thankful for your Latin class and hope to take advantage of more of your online classes.

Here is my reply:

I wish I could keep grading.  I enjoyed interacting with my students.  Unfortunately, I just don’t have the time anymore.  I’ve been answering general Q and A emails for about 5 hours this morning. 

As my site has grown, the emails have grown.  I receive hundreds of emails a day.  There are two kinds of emails.  Half are from students whose work I grade.  The other half are general inquiry emails.  The general inquiry emails are requiring more and more of my time. 

I am working every day to build tools to help students check their own work.   I will be creating more quizzes and tests for my site.  I have already begun loading my own answer keys to my site, and I will be loading more.  These are free to subscribers. Over the past six, or seven years I have created a massive database of responses to my students.  These I am uploading to my site for my subscribers.  I also have forums where students are able to interact with other students and are able to check each other’s work.

You are doing the right thing.  Have her take the quizzes on my site. 

But, also, have her do the work assigned in the syllabus.  She (or you) can check her work using the Student Answer sections on my site.  You will find those here: https://dwanethomas.com/my-courses-2/

If you look in the Student Answer sections, you will find my notes (and point deductions) to students from previous years.  This should help.

I no longer want to be popular.

I received this email:

Your classes…  I’d like to promote them… 

Is there an affiliate link I may use?  (I’m a Visual Latin affiliate.)

And, can folks try the classes for a month and then cancel if necessary?Thanks!

Here is my reply:

Yes.  Join anytime.  Cancel anytime.  No penalties.  

Now, brace yourself for the weirdest request ever…

Please don’t promote my classes.  Heh.  

I am only slightly kidding.  I am overwhelmed.  Not sure how much more popularity I can take.  

Promote Visual Latin all you like.  

These questions… again.

I received these questions:

How many weeks is your class? (Does it somewhat correspond to the CC 30-week plan)? Do you assign homework and do you collect it/grade it? Will the homework correspond at all to the CC 30 week Latin I (Challenge I) curriculum?

And just to be sure, he will be able to watch the lecture after it has broadcast live? (which is around 0700 PST on Wed I think).

And one final question, besides the lectures, what other materials will he have access to with the subscription?


Here is my reply:

Continue reading These questions… again.

Well… it has finally happened.

Tim Ferris (of Four-Hour Work Week Fame) has this note at the end of all of his emails:


After putting it off for years, I am going to have to take the same action.  I spent about 12 hours today answering emails, and I am still not able to catch up.

I have to face the truth.  I can’t keep up.

I will also begin closing access to my classes.  At the end of this week, enrollment will end.  I am very sorry.  This is not something I wanted to do.  I no longer feel I have a choice.


When you join a class, you should receive a link to a PDF.  Inside that PDF are the links to the live classes.  PLEASE verify that you have those before emailing me.  I may not be able to respond to you for days.

The name of the link is SUBSCRIPTION.  It is a blue link.

Check this out!

A friend of mine, and a fellow teacher, David Durham is about to launch a Spanish class online.  Many of you have been asking me… “Where do I go to learn Spanish?”

You have read my recommendations.  Now, with exitement, I can add another recommendation.

David, like me, spent quite a bit of time in Europe.  Also, like me, he has spent quite a bit of time in the classroom.  He is now bringing that combined experience online.

I could use a refresher course in Spanish.  Who knows?  I may just join some of you in David’s online class!

And now, my good friend David Durham


Let’s just get this out there: I’m an unapologetic language freak.

We all have our quirks. But I can point to a specific event that shaped my life perhaps more than any other single event.

At the age of nine, I was living in Perth, Western Australia with my parents and three brothers. For some reason I will always be grateful for, my parents decided to take the long way home to the States; rather than flying back, they decided to take a ship. So we boarded the HMS Canberra and set out across the Indian Ocean. Our first stops were my first exposure to other languages and cultures (unless you count Australian). I was enthralled with the chatter all around me, and my nine-year-old mind was blown away that they could understand each other! We made stops at ports in Sri Lanka, Yemen, and Egypt before leaving the ship in Naples, Italy and making our way through Europe by train. In each country, I listened to the language being spoken and did my best to imitate it. (Yeah, right.)

It wasn’t long before I had the opportunity to study first Spanish, then French in school, and I took to them like a duck to water. When I got to college, I continued my study of French and Spanish and added a little German and Portuguese. (I became conversant in Portuguese in the most informal possible way: I had a number of friends who had grown up in Brazil, and I loved hearing them speak Portuguese together. I asked them to speak it with me, and they agreed!)

I later had the opportunity to live for several years in Europe, where I picked up Dutch and a little Italian. Am I completely fluent in all of these? No. Seven languages at seven different degrees of fluency. But I am conversant, and that is what I want to stress here:

A little goes a long way.

When you learn to speak another language, it opens up all kinds of doors. Not only doors to other cultures in general, and not only potentially beneficial career opportunities but doors to people’s hearts. It can lead to relationships that might not have been possible otherwise. I’ve spent many years singing and recording in French, and knowing the French-speaking world pretty well, I can tell you that I probably wouldn’t have earned the trust of thousands of French speakers if I didn’t relate to them in their own beautiful language.

But language also opens doors to strangers whose language you might only know a few words in. Everywhere I travel, I try to learn some basic phrases at the very least – greetings, and how to order tea are at the top of my list. Oh, and where to find the restroom. They of course know I’m a foreigner and don’t speak their language fluently, but the effort of speaking to them in their mother tongue can go a long way. I’ve seen it happen time and time again.

My latest linguistic adventure is Arabic. I’m watching videos and have periodic tutoring sessions via Skype with a Syrian friend I made while visiting refugees in Germany.

What language(s) do you intend to become conversant in? Whatever you choose, it will add a whole new dimension to your life, and you will be the richer for it.


You can listen to David’s podcast episode on being a polyglot, as well as other episodes, here.