What do I listen to?

 I received this question:

Good Morning! I have your Visual Latin 1. My boys, high school age, are using it this year. In the Teacher’s Guide there is a sample HS schedule. What do they ‘listen’ to on Day 1? What is ‘reading’ on Day 2 and Day 4? ‘Listening’ and ‘reading’ on Day 5? Also, is memorization on Day 5 for the vocabulary?

Here is my reply:

Good morning!

There are several things they could listen to.    For starters, they could treat video C, in every lesson, as an audio exercise.  

Or, to get a real feel for the language, they could spend a little bit of time every day listening to this: http://www.bible.is/LTNNVV/Matt/1

Just a warning, if you listen to the Vulgate, which I linked above,  At the beginning of every book, the monks will sing for about two minutes. If you don’t want to listen to this, scrub ahead.   To perfect my own pronunciation of Latin, I listen to this for a half hour every day.

 As for memorization, yes I do recommend that you memorize the vocabulary.   However, I would not stress out over this point. The more you read, the more you learn.   In order to master vocabulary I often recommend that my students just read, read, read.   Of course, you can always read and reread the stories in Visual Latin.   but, there are other books you can read, too.   some of those are listed as free resources on Compass Classroom’s site.

Have a great day!