So, it turns out Henle Latin isn’t traditional at all. It’s modern. Suspected that. Couldn’t really put it into words.
This week, I received this email:
This is not a class question. I just ran across this article and it supports most of what you have been doing (against the academy) for years. I thought you might appreciate it. Thanks for continuing to rally around Hans Ørberg and providing a do-able alternative to the grammar/ translation method – don’t give us the fight! https://theimaginativeconservative.org/2020/03/learning-latin-medieval-way-michael-champagne.html?fbclid=IwAR0T07_OHUTPHqfuwKAnV2zU9Me2KBnGl7q8F8CqToDuu4v1fToNWBcQ36c
Here is my reply:
Thank you for sending this.
I have actually read it several times and am going to link it on my site. Nice to know I am not alone on this one. I’ve actually moved on to modern languages… you know, languages you can actually speak.
I still teach Latin, of course, and probably always will. But, I am so unbelievably tired of dealing with a language where everyone focuses intently on grammatical minutiae. At least with French, Spanish, and Italian, you can actually learn to speak the language.
All that to say, thanks again!