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Latin Demystified: A Self Teaching Guide

Latin Demystified: A Self Teaching Guide [Kindle Edition]

Richard Prior
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Become a bona fide master of Latin

English vocabulary owes a great debt to Latin, ergo you already know many Latin words and phrases. Now you can move beyond the status quo and learn this classical language. With Latin Demystified, nihil obstat (nothing stands in the way).

Beginning with an overview of Latin, basic pronunciation rules, and a discussion on the differences between inflected and analytical languages, Latin Demystified covers key grammar fundamentals such as nouns, verb forms, and syntax. You'll build your Latin vocabulary with essential words and phrases and quickly master this challenging language. Test yourself at the end of every chapter for reinforcement that you're fast on your way to reading and understanding Latin.

This fast and easy guide features:

  • Clear and straightforward explanations of Latin grammar fundamentals
  • Numerous examples of simple and complex sentence structures
  • Full coverage of Latin noun declensions and verb tenses
  • Helpful writing exercises
  • Quizzes at the end of each chapter to reinforce new material

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for a more experienced student, Latin Demystified is your shortcut to mastering this complex language.

About the Author

Richard Prior (Greenville, SC) is an associate professor of classical languages at Furman University. He has written several books on Latin such as The Everything Learning Latin Book (Adams), 501 Latin Verbs (Barron’s), and Latin Verb Drills (McGraw-Hill).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 18320 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
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  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (11 Jun 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NW5F5Q
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book 9 Sep 2009
By moll95
This was really helpful when i was doing my Latin GCSE and goes right the way through to A-Level, really simple and easy to use. Really good price as well, brilliant!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tip-top book, especially for the price 12 Jan 2010
By zombielover TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I studied Latin up to A Level some 7 years ago now; I used the Cambridge texts and, now brushing my Latin up for an Open University course, thought a different textbook would take some getting used too. Thankfully, this wasn't the case!

The book is simple, clear, and easy to understand. I would recommend it for raw beginners and those returning to the language alike.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Latin DeMYSTiFied' review 15 April 2010
Latin demystified is an excellent book for either those who want to learn Latin as a beginner or for those who want a reference book to clarify points of grammar. The author describes in detail and with examples complicated grammar rules but keeps the text easy to read. I think this book is an excellent and up to date way of learning and keeping up with Latin.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful but grammar references hard to follow 29 Sep 2011
Great, but not as a stand-alone teaching aid if you are a student (I am at KS3). If you don't understand grammatical terms like 'present/past participle' this book will prove hard-going. There are helpful practice sections in each chapter. Be warned that new vocabulary and syntax is introduced very quickly, so by page 50, you will need to have learnt 100+- nouns and verbs perfectly in order to continue working through the book.

I use this book in conjunction with my school Latin textbook and have Latin lessons which make it easier to understand and use. Not sure how much of a 'De-mystifier' this is then on its own, because Latin IS a difficult language and you have to just keep plugging away until you understand it.

I did not find this a problem because I use other resources, however, sometimes the book does not clearly explain concepts, so you might have to revisit the same information before it makes sense or look elsewhere.

Reviewed by Luke Sherriff-Meyer (Age 13)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Latin Demistified demistified 6 Sep 2010
If you have, like me, lost your Kelly's Primer this is a great substitute. In fact it is a good deal better than good old Kelly's in that it explains rather than just informing. Perhaps its only fault is that it explains a bit too much for the average student who is keen to grasp enough of the essentials rather than comprehending the deepest points of Cicero's grammatic usage. It is not for "skimmimg" - you must follow it faithfully; if you do the reward is very satisfying.

Christopher Haines
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional 28 Sep 2010
Although I don't like the layout of the book, I must add that the layout of the book is as it should be: given the type of book which it is. It has more than enough test questions to check whether you have understood the topic in question; and although most topics are only briefly covered before the question sections begin, the coverage is meaningful, relevant, and full of little extra gems. Well, I thought that I knew a lot about my own language but now I am having seconds thoughts: Thank you Richard Prior.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RIP Dr Prior and thank you 25 Mar 2013
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I read with great sadness the passing at the tragically young age of 47 of Richard Prior after looking him up after using this wonderful book. His obituaries praise him as a wonderful, encouraging and inspiring teacher and on the basis of this book I can certainly see why. I have always had an interest in ancient history and literature and have read Virgil, Ovid and others in translation with much pleasure. However despite having a love of languages I had always had a particular dread of Latin. I went to a prep school during the 1980s and was taught buy a dreadful teacher who not only made use learn the verb endings by rote but failed to explain the grammatical jargon correctly or inspire or put the language into context. Some clever boys managed despite this but I struggled and was constantly berated and humiliated in class by this horrible man because of it. I suppose it left a mental scar because many years later I had the option of taking latin courses in the first year of university but passed them up.

In recent years however I had come to regret this, especially after reading the series on learning ancient Latin and Greek in the Daily Telegraph some years back. They were fun and they rekindled my interest and made me look for a detailed and thorough course that was at the same time accessible, not to intimidating and written by an acknowledged expert. After clicking around Amazon looking at the various options it was this book that i plumped for and I do not regret it for a second. It was a superb introduction setting the context and easing you into the essentials in an easy, relaxed and yet thorough manner (something that the best academics should be able to do. From then on each chapter consistently builds on the last one to gradually increase your knowledge and confidence.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent self-study course 14 Sep 2011
I would thoroughly recommend this course, both for GCSE, A-level or university students seeking to supplement another course, or for self-taught learners. It doesn't just state grammatical rules, but gives explanations - it is also very clearly written, with lots of practice exercises to help embed grammar and vocabulary, and self-assessment quizzes and tests to check that you've thoroughly mastered a particular section before you move on to the next. Learning Latin is always going to need application and persistence, but I'd say this book makes it about as easy as it's going to get.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars latjn looks fun
Just started, and it looks like fun, it looks like it was written with me in mind! I look forward to understsnding it better
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Balmer-Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Latin fan
Bought this as it looked from the reviews to be the easiest way to reintroduce myself to Latin. I studied it at school 30 years ago and wanted to brush up for use at work!!
Published 6 months ago by H. McIntosh
4.0 out of 5 stars Latin Demystified
Very good. This self-help guide is better than the old classical Latin texts used in public schools and grammar schools in the past because it supplies answers to the set tests
Published 7 months ago by John Anthony Kehoe
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate
I think that this is adequate for someone with a good grounding in Latin but not as clearly graded as I would have liked.
Published 8 months ago by Lorna
3.0 out of 5 stars Mystified
Not finished this yet, as it's hard going. It's very heavy on grammatical terms, which might not suit everyone. Read more
Published 12 months ago by AgentMulderUK
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent For Beginner
Its been a LONG time since I practiced Latin however I decided to give it another go and this book was definitely the right choice. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Korendir
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not for beginners
This is a good text book that covers latin language structures and is a very good revision method, however, only for those who have studied latin for quite some time. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to use
covers all aspects of Latin grammar in a user friendly manner with examples. Helpful for those with limited previous knowledge.
Published 13 months ago by susan conroy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not entirely demystified
Richard Prior has made a good attempt at simplifying Latin grammar but it's impossible to learn Latin without a great deal of rote learning and drudgery which requires... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Perry Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow
I am glad I purchased this book as it is easy to understand, without a tutor you could grasp the basics of latin
Published 14 months ago by Carolina
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