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Stretched.

It is strange to write what I am about to write.  After all, my site is dedicated to Greek and Latin.  You wouldn’t think that I would have much to do all day, actually.  But, I am sad to say, my resources have been stretched to capacity.

And this has had consequences.  Somehow I am constantly flooded new student registrations, account openings and support requests.  This is causing severe delays. Though I keep trying to jumpstart my work on Facebook and on my site forums, I have had to limit most of my communication to email and customer support.

Although I am trying to move quickly to help everyone as quickly as I can, my task is difficult.  I just cannot seem to keep up. For this reason, I am asking for your continued patience and understanding.

Now that the holidays are over, I am working hard to catch up.  Every single forum post and email will be checked and answered, I can assure you of that.

Over the holidays, the learning management system tweaked their product.  I am sure they were trying to make things easier.  They made things worse.  Before Christmas, adding new students to a course was a two-step process.  It is now a six-step process.  It is so slow and so infuriating that I actually contemplated shutting my site down.

Then, my wife reminded me that we have bills to pay.

Thanks so much to all of you who have reached out to me with positive feedback.  I really appreciate it.  And I really appreciate your patience and understanding as I get back on top of things – it means a lot to me.

I hope you are having a very happy 2018!
Dwane Thomas

Letter of the week. :-)

We are so appreciative of the service you provide for the homeschooling community! I work in a small local homeschool bookstore, and it is hard for people to find a quality way to teach their children Latin (& Greek!). What you have provided is such an excellent value and comprehensive resource, and I pray that your business will continue to expand and prosper. I have happily spread the word about your site to people who ask about Latin products, and will continue to do so!
– Nicole
She’s not the only one who feels this way.  Here is what others are saying about Visual Latin and my live classes: Kudos

Visual Latin and Lingua Latina?

I received this question:

My daughter is taking your visual Latin year one. According to the syllabus, it says that in lesson 10 to start reading one chapter in lingua Latina every two visual Latin lessons. Would you please describe what this looks like or give me an example of how she is supposed to interact with this book.

Here is my reply:

If I were you, I would wait until she finishes lesson 10, or so, in Visual Latin.

At that point, I would recommend she start reading Lingua Latina.  Just treat it like a novel, which is what it is.  This will give her a lot of extra practice with the language. 

After lesson 10, in Visual Latin, have her read a chapter one of Lingua Latina.  Have her take her time.  It is not going easy.  Lingua Latina is a tough, tough book.  But, it is well worth it.  There is nothing quite like it. 

If she finds herself overwhelmed by Lingua Latina at some point in the future, you are more than welcome to join one of my online classes.  I take students through Lingua Latina every year.

You can find more information about that here: https://dwanethomas.com/subscribe/

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.

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Nope.

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:

Hi!

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!

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

  • Billed once per month, 36 times

Add to Cart

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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:

Grading…

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.