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College Companion: Based on Hans Oerberg's Latine Disco, with Vocabulary and Grammar: A College Companion Based on Hans Orberg's Latine Disco, with Vocabulary and Grammar (Lingua Latina) Paperback – 12 Sep 2007

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Focus Publishing/R Pullins & Co; Bilingual edition (12 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585101915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585101917
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Provides an outline/commentary on the Latin grammar and includes the text of the Orberg ancillaries "Grammatica Latina" and "Latin-English Vocabulary".

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This is a great addition to the Oerberg series especially when starting out. What I particularly like is that while there is a bit of English in it, it doesn't compromise on the concept of the student learning from the context. While it provides a few hints, it still requires the student to work things out. I think it provides a great compromise between this immersion approach and traditional grammar/vocabulary approaches. For me, studying on my own it provides, in a way, the support a teacher would normally provide. It certainly seems to replace the Latine Disco, glossary, and grammar books but not the Exercitia.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Chapter by chapter hand holding through the direct method 1 Nov. 2007
By Julie Brennan - Published on
Format: Paperback
THANK YOU. I received this a month ago and I am thrilled. I am self teaching, and this resource is making it so much easier for me to understand and move through the material with confidence I am learning and understanding what I should, chapter by chapter.

Many adult self learners and homeschool families have struggled with or passed on Lingua Latina because they do not have access to Latin teachers and/or have no Latin experience, as such, the 100% direct approach has been less attractive than traditional guided approaches. This guide provides the Latin experience of a teacher guiding you through the course. All the grammar that you are to learn in each chapter is explained, and the new vocabulary is defined chapter by chapter so you don't have to look it up in a tiny print glossary that was my only resource before. The Companion is in English - while I applaud the idea that one can learn Latin by total immersion, as a self-learner, I am much more comfortable having the grammatical explanations in English!

The sample pages at Focus Publishing provide a good feel for the how the entire book flows, it is well designed and easy to use. I never felt sure I was getting everything out of each chapter that I should until I went back and read through the related Companion chapters. It's caused me to review old material, but I am much more comfortable now with what I am learning.

Having failed miserably trying to self-teach with Wheelock's, I found Lingua Latina to be much more intuitive, enjoyable and doable, but I struggled to understand the grammatical structure, and the Latin-only support materials made it an uphill climb to construct this myself. The Companion has made this information much more accessible and ensures that this direct method course is an effective way to learn Latin for me.

Julie Brennan
San Diego, CA
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Good book but misleading title 15 Nov. 2008
By A. Keiser - Published on
Format: Paperback
In the following review, I will discuss what this book contains, who it is good for, and its pluses and minuses. I hope it helps! "Lingua Latina" was a Godsend for me!

Neumann's "companion" book to the first volume of Orberg's "Lingua Latina" series (a total immersion Latin method) is a very helpful edition-for some people, namely the self-teaching (or for a teacher struggling to teach Orberg without much of a grounding in Latin). The fact is that it is really a substitute for a teacher. For this reason, the title is misleading, it ought to be "the autodidact's companion". However, if one does buy it (which I encourage the autodidact to do), it can replace the two books written by Orberg, "Latine Disco" and "Grammatica Latina." However, it would be best to study "Latine Disco as best as one can since the presentation preserves and strengthens the immersion method.

The whole point of "Lingua Latina" is that the student learns Latin from the inside as it were. Neumann's book functions as a sort of bridge for the autodidact, and as such it is in English. This fact alone impinges on the immersion method Orberg worked so hard to make. As such it is not an ideal book, and this and the fact that it's title is little misleading are the only reasons I gave it 4 stars instead of five. Ideally, one would have a teacher who asks questions in Latin, lectures in Latin, and demands answers in Latin, hence prodding the student to really live the language and internalise it.

However, we don't live in an ideal world, and even if one does find a teacher who uses the Orberg texts, he may not be a sufficiently trained teacher for the student to really know the material without a remedial text, such as is to be found in Neumann's book. It is extremely straightforward and crystal clear in its explanations.

So what exactly is in Neumann's book? It is a chapter-by-chapter grammar guide to the "Familia Roma" book, and it includes the vocabulary for each chapter presented in a more systematic fashion than is found in the main text and examples are given for each grammatical point as well as the occasional explication on some historic oddity. A morphology table is included at the end as is a vocabulary by chapter index and a Latin English dictionary.

I must emphasize, however, that the "Exercitia" are a vital part of the method and must be purchased and worked through to really get a grasp of Latin. The answer key is readily available and includes the answers for the main texts chapter homeworks, which is an added bonus for auto-didacts. For the self-learner or home-schooling parent, the following books should be used: "Familia Romana" (the main text", "Lingua Latina: A College Companion", and the "Exercitia." The CD is well worth buying as well because it features Orberg reading the text (and his reading is not dry or wooden) and it has an interactive version of the in-book homeworks. Be patient and don't study too much at once. Good luck!
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
An Essential Addition to Your Latin Library 13 Oct. 2007
By J. Jones - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have found Jeannne Neumann's book fantastic and indispensable in my own study of Latin and, of course, with use of Hans Oerberg's Lingua Latina. As a self-learner, homeschool mom and teacher to homeschool students, this book has given me excellent insight into the Latin language; perspectives I wouldn't have discovered on my own, and background/historical information that answers questions that have been lingering in my mind for eons! I believe a person could benefit from this and LL even if using another curriculum (perhaps hitting a trouble spot) ~ the explanations and readings are so thorough and helpful.

I can't recommend it highly enough.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Not just for college students! 8 Nov. 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Don't let the title fool you: Jeanne Neumann's guide to Hans Oerberg's Lingua Latina: Familia Romana isn't just for college students. I'm a homeschool parent and tutor, and the College Companion has cut my lesson prep time in half. The book brings together materials that were previously scattered among several small booklets, but the resulting whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Neumann's detailed and clear grammatical explanations make her book an indispensable guide to the Oerberg course for homeschoolers, independent learners, and teachers alike.
24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
A second edition of this text is needed! 6 Aug. 2010
By Russell Fanelli - Published on
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After reading all the positive reviews posted concerning Jeanne Marie Neumann's companion text to Hans Orberg's Lingua Latina introduction to the Latin language, more needs to be said about what I will call Neumann's "work in progress." Neumann is Latin teacher at Davidson College; her book appears to be a compilation of the lessons she uses in class with her students. My guess is that her materials work quite well as long as she is available to answer questions about material not made clear in her text. For those self-teaching individuals reading this review, Neumann's book is not as helpful as it could be if she had taken more time to edit her work and submit it to scholars in her field and a good editor, all of whom would have pointed out errors and inconsistencies in her text and points of confusion for the reader.

Neumann does not fully support Orberg's intention to teach Latin through Latin with no English provided to the learner. Orberg maintains that this is the best way to learn the language. Neumann agrees only in part and that is her problem. Her book is a kind of middle ground. She uses English to explain some material presented in Orberg's Lingua Latina book, but then leaves the learner to puzzle through many Latin examples. She needs to commit to the use of English throughout her text. Learning Latin is difficult and time consuming enough without unnecessary obstacles to slow down the learner.

Additionally, she does not systematically present the conjugation of verbs and declension of nouns until chapter 10. Instead, she gives bits and pieces of verbs and nouns to the reader. She should use standard dictionary citations right from the start of her text. Chapter 10 is a good example of all that is wrong with Neumann's book. It is often confusing and has mistaken translations such as the following: "Pueri puellam canere audiunt" which Neumann translates "The boys see the girl sing", when she means hear -- audiunt. A good editor is needed for Neumann's text!

For anyone reading this review, the work involved in learning to read Latin competently is a challenge of a high order. Neumann does not tell the reader of her text that memorizing the conjugation of verbs and the declension of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives is absolutely essential if one is to have any hope of making steady progress in learning the language. Additionally, Latin is not a subject one dabbles at with any expectation of acquiring competence. Daily practice over several years is necessary if one is to have any hope of doing what Orberg suggests is possible; that is, reading Latin competently without translation.

As this review suggests, Neumann's book is moderately helpful in its current form, but a second edition is definitely needed.
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