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Vocabulary for Visual Latin 2?

I received this question:

My daughter is enjoying her Latin study with your fun and engaging lessons. We bought the Visual Latin 2 printed course materials. We have not been able to find a place where there is a copy of all the latin vocab from volume 2 (lessons 31-60). Is there a master list for the visual Latin 2 or better yet a visual latin 1 & 2 combined vocabulary list? Thank you for your materials. They are appreciated!

Here is my reply:


Unfortunately, no.  There is a master list for Visual Latin 1, but there is not a master list for Visual Latin 2.  Don’t know how I managed to do that.  That is something I am planning to solve this summer.  

Meanwhile, I recommend these online tools when looking up Latin words:

Whitaker’s Words: http://archives.nd.edu/words.html

The Latin Dictionary: http://latin-dictionary.net/

Another Latin Dictionary (this one is really good for conjugating verbs): http://latindictionary.wikidot.com/verb:vocare

Verbix (a bit complicated and difficult to use, but not bad as a last resort): http://www.verbix.com/languages/latin.shtml

Visual Latin vocabulary organized into lists of flashcards: https://quizlet.com/CompassClassroom/folders/visual-latin/sets

I hope this helps!



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As I blog my way through my study of Italian, I am considering bring the “Word of the Day” back.

For several years, I posted consistently.  Then, in the craziness that was for me 2016, I dropped the ball.  But, I miss it.

I am going to attempt to resurrect the habit.  We shall see.

I will attempt to blog my way through the “language museum” located at the end of the Loom of Language.

Here goes:

Air: the invisible gasses that make up the atmosphere.  Air comes from Old French, air.  which came from Latin aer (atmosphere, sky; cloud).  The Latin word is related to the Greek αέρ (modern αέρας).

The word Air looks familiar in many modern Latin-derived languages.

  • French – l’air
  • Italian – l’aria
  • Spanish – el aire
  • Portuguese – o ar

Beyond Word Up….

I received this question:

I have a few of questions about Beyond Word Up:

Is it in the same format as Word Up?

How many lessons are there?

Since it’s not a live class, do you have to sign up for a year or just a couple months?

Here is my reply:

No. Unfortunately, it is not the same format as Word Up.  I wish it were.  Word Up was a lot of fun to create.  

The classes on my site are screen casts.  They’re not all that exciting.  Basically, the students simply see the word I am talking about on the screen in front of them.  Each class adds about 20 new words.  In this respect, the material is the same as Word Up, but the delivery is quite different.

There are 24 lessons.  This means that students would learn the history of and the etymology of about 500 words.

And, yes. I have set my site up in such a way that you can subscribe and cancel at anytime.


The Greek word, Λόγος (lógos) means: word.  

Sort of.

Logos is a bit complicated.  There is a lot to it.  It can mean any of the following:

1.  That which is said: word, sentence, speech, story, debate, utterance.

2.  That which is thought: reason, consideration, computation, reckoning.

3.  An account, explanation, or narrative.

4.  Subject matter.

From the Greek word λόγος, English gets a dump truck full of words.  Watch for these words in the days ahead.


Verb: In grammar, a part of speech that expresses action, motion, being, suffering, or a request or command to do anything.  A verb may also show state of existence. 

The verb affirms, declares, asks or commands; as, I write; he runs; the river flows; they sleep; we see; they are deceived; they depart; they go; they come. 

The verb may also show state of existence; as in, Italy is in Europe.

The verb is the main assertive word in any sentence.

When the action expressed by a verb is exerted on an object, or terminates upon an object, the act is considered as passing to that object.  In this case, the verb is called transitive.  For example, I read the book.

When the act expressed by the verb, terminates in the agent or subject, the verb is intransitive; as in, I run, I walk, or I sleep.

When the agent and object change places and the agent becomes the instrument, the verb is passive; as in, Goliath was killed by David.

From Latin verbum (word).

Vocabulary trouble…

I received this question:

Do you have any recommended ways of memorizing the Lingua Latina Vocab. I’ve been doing the flashcards on Quizlet and that helps a little bit. But I still struggle with the vocabulary a lot.

Here is my reply: 

Good morning!

This is a common theme.  If there were one trick I could recommend, it would be this one.  Read and re-read the chapters every day.  Eventually, the story itself will embed the vocabulary in your brain.  This is why Jesus taught theology through stories.  The stories made the lesson stick.  

In Lingua Latina, the stories make the vocabulary stick.

This works well with Lingua Latina.  It does not work well with books like Henle Latin.

Words from porto.

I am up late grading student homework right now.   In one class, the vocabulary class, I told the students to use English words that came from the Latin word Porto.   Porto means “I carry”.  

This student went above and beyond:

1.  The porter did not comport himself well, and, therefore lost his job.

2.  The portly man was difficult to transport.

3.  Portfolios are designed to make papers more portable.

4.  The colporteur attempted to export his ideas to others.

5.  At a Greek museum, it was purported that the rapporteur paid more attention to the amphora in his peripheral vision than he did to the important speech that he was supposed to be reporting.