When you are finished reading, you are welcome to join a class. If you would like to see what the classes on my site are like, check out examples here: https://dwanethomas.com/could-i-see-an-example-class-3/
(As always, all subscriptions are FAMILY subscriptions. Everyone in the family is welcome to enroll at one low price.)
Here’s what others are saying…
Dwane, where do I even begin?! THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER! Oh my gosh! My kids are really, genuinely enjoying Latin!
They have possibly learned and retained more in 10 days than the whole year of struggle with Henle last year! We even save it for the end of the day because it’s their favorite subject now!
They take notes, listen along and really enjoy being able to put it into action and not just learn rules! They’re also trying to use it more in daily life, trying to figure out how to say things based on the previous lesson. They LOVE it!
They don’t tolerate it, they are curious and excited to do more everyday! I mean…just thank you. How do I say that strongly enough!? I realize it’s just the beginning, but the change has been huge for us!
All the applause! Your gifts for communication and teaching are being used in such a beautiful way! For that, such gratitude!
“You did an amazing job! My daughter can read Spanish well & can have a conversation with someone.”
“My girls have been using your Visual Latin curriculum for two years now. Thank you for all that work. My youngest, after only 6 months, took the National Latin Exam (Intro to Latin level) after learning only through Visual Latin and earned a Magna Cum Laude result! My older daughter passed both the Into and Beginning Latin exams two years running, after switching from Henle to VL.”
My family has thoroughly enjoyed your teaching style. We have been a part of Classical Conversations for 9 years. Since our introduction to your dry sense of humor in Visual Latin, we have used your website as the primary go-to for Latin help. I’ve graduated one student and my second is loving Latin largely because of you. Thank you! We do joke, however, that although I homeschool the kids, you are their Latin teacher. (Even Dad logs in and uses your Greek lessons).– Sarah
“You don’t know this, but through our homeschool journey with Classical Conversations, I relied heavily on Visual Latin and your subscription site to prepare myself for class and to teach my kids at home. Your instruction was/is so much better than Henle and you make concepts clear and understandable! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your website and lessons, and am looking forward to studying other languages for myself! I appreciate your efforts and commitment to grammar, languages, and learning!”
“And another note on how grateful we are for your classes: We are taking the month of December off this year, but I told the kids we needed to keep up with the morning Spanish courses so they could stay in the live course rather than missing out on that because of such a long break; they readily agreed. My 11, 13, 14, & 15-year-olds eagerly agreeing to getting up at 7 AM on Winter Break- THAT says something!) 🙂”
Hi Mr. Dwane. I just wanted to thank you for something.
Before I started your live Spanish class, I tried many times to set good habits by getting up earlier. I could never bring myself to get up and start my day so I just turned off my alarm and went back to bed. Then, I started your live classes.
Now, I get up just before class every day and once it’s over I start my day. Also, I went from barely knowing any Spanish to making it a part of my daily speech. My mom knows Spanish so we can communicate in a language other than English which is awesome.
This is to say thank you so much because I would not have gotten nearly this far without your help/classes.
“Your gift of teaching and style has sparked and instilled in her a LOVE for languages. I’m so grateful that I came across your programs at the perfect time. You have been a huge blessing to us!”
This year, I am helping with Henle 2 in Challenge 2. I had been part of Henle 1 for about 9 years, and every Spring, I was DEPENDENT on help from your site for those final lessons!
Building on to Henle 1 with Henle 2 was not very difficult this year, and certainly not daunting BECAUSE I could get on your site and walk through whatever wasn’t making good sense. THANK YOU!!!
My entire class approaches the board with a red marker first, and the approach you use toward sentences, and it has helped us immensely!
Thank you for the helps you make available! Most of my community, I believe, is subscribed and tell me what a help you are to them. and your help is because we LOVE Latin, not because we are trying to get out of the learning.
You are helping us to learn well. We are grateful.
Lingua Latina is truly a game changer! My oldest was in CC for a short bit & hated Latin. I let her swap to LL on her own and she loved it! She actually would be seen reading the book in her personal reading time. She’s now out of the house and it’s one of the only “school books” she had taken with her. In fact, she asked me to buy another book for my other kiddos so she can keep that one!
She now dabbles in foreign languages for fun…. Spanish, French, German! She’s going in the medical field & finding it useful there, too. Thank you for sharing your wisdom & love of Latin with us all. Henle caused just about every emotion for Latin besides love. Lingua Latina really sparked her interest and has produced much fruit. Even years after ever assigning readings.
Thank you thank you thank you! We are back to Classical Conversations after 2 years off.I hadn’t expected to come back and your videos are a total life saver!I have a student in Henle 2 and Henle 4, and although it is too late for my Henle 4 student to get your help on the Aeneid, I have shared your site with all the students in Challenge II that are doing Henle 2 and its like a lifesaver in the stormy, lonely, overwhelming ocean of Latin for them!
Most of their parents have checked out long ago, but because of your work, they will be able to get some guidance and continue to learn!
Thank you thank you for all your work!I am having a GREAT time and enjoying my learning so much more now!
“How are we at lesson 17 of Visual Latin and I look at each of my children and they’re STILL smiling?! Seriously, thank you so much for this layout and teaching style. We had been using two other Latin curriculums and were dreading each day when “Mom” made us do Latin. I felt so convicted that I wanted my children to have a basis of this language and am SO thankful that we’ve found the perfect fit for all of us in VL.”– Jill
I wanted to thank you for teaching Latin. I’ve learned more in three months than in three years. And now Latin is my favorite subject! Thank you for all the time and effort you have put in to make this so much fun.– Elizabeth
I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know how much I appreciate the way membership works. I had my kids 7 yrs apart. One finished Latin years ago and another will start this school year. I SO appreciate the money that I will save using your website! I recommend you to everyone that brings up Latin! Again, THANK YOU!!– Gina
“I have participated in Visual Latin I with my kids and have learned more, as a 44-year-old man, about language than in all my years of schooling and four years of studying the German language. I write extensively for my career in marketing and communications, and while I intuitively understand grammatical content and structure, I never had the formal understanding behind the “why” of language.”– Jeff
Your videos are fantastic. So many times my family will translate a sentence and it differs from the answer key and then, we don’t always know why. Watching your videos always seems to tell us either where we went off track or that our way was just another option.
Thanks for making Latin accessible for us,
“Thank you again, for all of the time and effort, and passion that you pour into this site. It is just wonderful! I also appreciate the way that your site is managed. It allows me to view whatever I need to view when it’s convenient for my schedule. That is the best gift ever!”
I know that CC families contact you frequently. So I want to share how we used your program to redeem Latin for my son after Challenge 1 (9th grade). He absolutely despised Henle and we were about to give up on learning Latin altogether.
After pouring over your site and contacting you via email, we decided to try VL 1 paired with LL. This was actually against your advice. You thought he might be discouraged by basically starting over. You felt like LL alone would be the best choice. I get that. But I had no way to determine what he actually knew. And I felt like it might build his confidence by filling in gaps.
That proved to be true in his case. We did a lesson per day (A/B/C video and worksheets) until he reached the point where his test score dropped. He reviewed 23 weeks of Latin in a little over a month and he did have significant gaps in both English and Latin grammar. For the first time, he felt like a success. And Latin has become a subject he actually likes.
This quick review method worked very well and I suspect many CC kids could benefit from it. They would be able to make the switch to VL/LL and not lag behind the other students. It wasn’t any more cumbersome than the ridiculous number of problems assigned in Henle Latin.
Just thought I would share what we view as a total win. Besides, if we had only done LL, we wouldn’t have had the pleasure of watching you in action! And the bizarre feeling that we know you despite not actually knowing you…
Thanks again for making Latin accessible and entertaining.
Actual laugh out loud moments have resulted from the watching of Word up 2!, as well as legitimate learning of course. We really appreciate all the hard work you put into making the new series.
Thanks for the info and the laughs!
Thank you for all your hard work teaching Latin. I went from being the worst Latin student in my class to being one of the best thanks to you. Also in lesson 9 (I think it was lesson 9) of Henle 1st year Latin, you were loosing your voice, and you quoted Lego Batman: “I can only look you in the eyes right now” HAHAHA I laughed aloud– I love that movie! Your jokes and practical advice make Latin so much more enjoyable.
“We tried French on our own with Rosetta Stone and my son was NOT a fan. He missed you. Lol! So I reinstated our membership and he is jumping in to your recorded French classes today- I ordered the book and we should have it this week. I am confident he will get much more out of your recordings than what he was getting on his own. Thanks for being here and being the fun, smart guy that you are! We are thankful for your talents that God has blessed you with and thankful that you are following your calling and passion!”– Kim
I am a CC Director working through our first year of Henle, and I’ve been so grateful for your Watch Anytime options. I am *enjoying* learning Latin myself, and for all that we love/hate about Henle, I’m grateful for the orderly approach, and the way that you disarm and unpack the concepts along the way. Visual Latin has been awesome, and we are about to embark on Lingua Latina.
With your encouragement, I’ve started using Latin in my Bible study, and it has been so rich and added so much depth to my understanding (and more questions to bring into my time with God…). I’m excited to start reading the gospels in Latin with my kids, word by word, with our morning time. I love to see their confidence grow as they realize how much they actually know, and are capable of figuring out! (File this under “people actually do what you suggest and it works….”)
I also extend my respect and appreciation for how hard to are working as an entrepreneur, voice in the education community, and creative thinker as you deliver a great resource and experience online. As a parent/teacher, I am trying to do fewer things but very well, and Latin is on the “we’re going to do this well” list. In that endeavor, I am grateful for your space in our toolbox. Cheers and thanks!
“You have been an invaluable resource to us!”
“We finally made the switch to Visual Latin after struggling through Henle for two years. My only regret is that we didn’t switch sooner. My kids 14,13 and 11 are LOVING it! They can finally understand what they are doing and my 11 year old is already translating sentences. I can tell when they are doing Latin because of the spontaneous laughter coming from the school room. Thanks for making a language program that is FUN!”
“My son just came out of his room and told me how much fun he was having doing his Latin translations. He’s not what I would consider a language-gifted kid. But your Visual Latin has made it easy for him.
“We tried online high school classes for one year, and it was a miserable failure, and our sons now have an immediate aversion for any type of online class that requires videos. When I checked in with our son after he started your Henle 1 class, his response was the highest possible praise from a teen: “He’s great. He’s like a streamer I’d follow.”
Job well done!!”
“Just want to say thank you for being a part of our Latin journey. My daughter graduated out of Challenge IV this year and without you giving Latin a “new twist” in Challenge I and II, there is no telling where we’d be.”
“I would like to thank you for providing a wonderful resource for homeschool students studying Latin.
Prior to finding out about your website, my son, who was a ninth grader in Classical Conversations, struggled daily with getting through his Latin, both with understanding and desire to finish.
There were missing pieces to the puzzle that were beyond me, and I felt so guilty that I could not provide him better assistance.
He mostly struggled alone. It was an answer to prayer that we found out about you. From that point on he “got it”. He didn’t love it, but he didn’t dread it either, and best of all, I knew I had a resource for him when we didn’t understand.
Thank you so much!”
Thank you so much for your classes.
My boys loved them. My son would tell me the best part of his day was word up. He was sad when the year ended. You make learning fun and engaging and they think your sense of humor is hilarious.
I would highly (and I have) recommend the membership to anyone.
Because of you, we made it through Henle Latin.”
“Thank you Dwane for a wonderful year of Orberg Latin! A first for me.
Even though there were a couple of days I had to miss, the online access will be of great help to rewatch.
As well the online recordings will help me finish all the parts of the lessons I never did and also to review the lessons and cement the Latin can never be overlooked.
Thanks for your wonderful approach to learning, as a 60 yr old I have to rewatch and hear things a few times:) thank you for planting the seed that will grow as I nurture it.
God’s blessings to you and your family,”
I just wanted to drop you a note….I had to cancel our subscription through your site today and am very sad to do so. Both of my girls have had to change their curriculum needs a bit due to adding more science classes, test prep, and other school situations. I am so very grateful for all that you have done to make Latin come to life for them and how you have helped ME by grading their homework and offering encouraging words along the way. Thank you, thank you.I will continue to recommend you to everyone I know who is needing help with Latin. You have been a blessing to our family!!– Julie
“We love and greatly appreciate your site! Thank you for the all the effort you clearly put into it!! We use your previous LL class videos to clear up unclear concepts. The LL book is great but your lessons make for a much fuller learning experience. We also have VL—a great starting point… Your explanations are incredibly helpful.”
“Thank you so much for you help. Your membership site and Visual Latin are a life line!”
“Continued thanks for teaching a subject I’d have no prayer of teaching. I’m ever grateful for your service to our family!”
“Thank you for being the teacher you are. Somehow you invest the non-entity of computerized instruction of scores if not hundreds of faceless students with the sense that you are interested in all of them and each of them and that the subject you teach, fascinating to you, is richness worthy of passing along to, well: to us, your students. It’s a gift which you’ve honed thoughtfully and become skillful with it. We appreciate it.”
Hi Dwane,Hope you are well!Just wanted to say that I completed Visual Latin 2 today. I started back in March and I am very happy with the result the course has given me.I also want to say that I find you an excellent teacher Dwane. You make things so easy to understand and are very empathetic to students struggle learning Latin. I have never taken another Latin course before but after watching some other tutorial videos on YouTube I feel that those guys can act a bit condescending and just can’t understand why students find it hard to learn Latin.I also have to say that I love your sense of humour! You are really funny and it is a great way to add fun to the lessons. 🙂Finally you are more than helpful and attentive when it comes to answering queries via email.– John
Thank you so much for the Book Club, Caesar, this morning. Absolutely fabulous class!!