Have you ever landed on a website and wondered, “How did they build that?”
If the site was built with Word Press (which runs a quarter of the blogs on the internet) there’s an easy way to find out.
Simply copy the url of the site and paste it into the search bar on this site: https://whatwpthemeisthat.com/
For example, Pattern Media built my site, using Word Press. You can see the plugins we used by simply plugging the name of my site into https://whatwpthemeisthat.com/
You can do this with any Word Press site. Just plug it in and find out what tools runs your favorite word press site.
And, if you are building your own site, you can imitate other sites.
You can build a free site using WordPress.com.
And, you can pay for a site (which comes with more features, naturally) using WordPress.org.
Of course, if you just don’t feel like doing any of it, and you can afford to hire someone else to do it all for you, I definitely recommend Pattern Media.
Here is what we are up to. Since I record everything I teach, you are welcome to jump into classes any time.
Spanish – Monday-Friday 7:00 – 7:25 am Central Time Zone (CTZ).
In Spanish, we are currently in chapter 20 of the book All Spanish Method by Guillermo Aviles. If you are starting out this year, and you want to tag along, the previous chapters are all up on my site. Subscribers have access to them 24/7.
Keep in mind I am still learning Spanish. So, I am “teaching” this class. The truth is… I am simply learning Spanish publicly. You are welcome to join me.
French – Monday-Friday 7:30 – 7:55 am CTZ.
This week, we will wrap up chapter 5 of Le Francais par la Methode Nature. Last year, I took students through the first 20 chapters, or so. This time, we will try to make it to the end. There are 50 chapters. It will take a few years. I do not intend to start over next summer.
Keep in mind I am still learning French. So, I am “teaching” this class. The truth is… I am simply learning Spanish publicly. You are welcome to join me.
I am now teaching two Latin classes.
I canceled Latin 3 (Third Year Latin by Robert Henle) this week. I will bring it back, but I don’t know when. It’s such a dull, tedious, boring book, I just couldn’t take it anymore.
By the way, I am not alone in my assessment. C.S. Lewis called Cicero the “great bore”, and Dorothy Sayers recommended Latin teachers “throw that dreary man Cicero out the window”.
If you really want to learn Latin well, and if you want to have a good time while doing it, read Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg.
Latin 2: Monday-Friday 8:00-8:25 am CTZ
We continue to work our way through Exercitia Latina. We are currently in chapter 22. This class is really for those who want to go even deeper into Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg. If you were in Latin 3 (Third Year Latin by Robert Henle), you would benefit from this class.
Latin 1: Monday-Friday 8:30-8:55 am CTZ
This year, we started Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg over again. Enough people asked. We are currently in chapter four. We will start chapter 5 next week.
Though I can’t believe it, every year some people come to every class I teach. I guess they just like my voice.
So, if you decide to come to them all, here are the same classes from above in chronological order:
- 7:00 – 7:25 am – Spanish 2: All Spanish Method by Guillermo Aviles
- 7:30 – 7:55 am – French 1: Le Francais par la Methode Nature
- 8:00 – 8:25 am – Latin 2: Exercitia Latina by Hans Ørberg
- 8:30 – 8:55 am – Latin 1: Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg
Thanksgiving break is coming up in a month, or so. There will be no classes November 22-26.
And now… the same thing I say every week.
Subscribers sometimes use my weekly emails as reminders to unsubscribe from my site.
Just keep in mind… I offer something no one else in academia (as far as I know) offers. Stick with me for 3 uninterrupted years and you will have a lifetime subscription.
I now know this is a dumb business decision on my part, but I have heard from many of you that it is a huge help, so the offer stands.
Of course, if you are just starting out in Latin, you may be happier with Visual Latin.
Visual Latin is a full-blown Latin course. It is rigorous, just not as rigorous as the classes on my site. The classes on my site are more “next level” classes, really.
By the way, if you are into etymology (the history of words), and if you would like to see me make a fool of myself, you might enjoy Word Up.
Five years ago, or so, we launched this series just to see if it would work. It did.
And, after years of listening to many of you beg for more, I finally gave in and agreed to make a fool of myself once again.
Volumes 2 and 3 of Word Up are available.
And… if you aren’t a member of my site and would like to join, click here: https://dwanethomas.com/join/.
I hope you have a very happy Saturday!
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