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Telling Tales in Latin: A New Latin Course and Storybook for Children
 
 

Telling Tales in Latin: A New Latin Course and Storybook for Children [Kindle Edition]

Lorna Robinson , Soham De
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Telling Tales in Latin teaches Latin through the magic of storytelling. Narrated by the chatty and imaginative Roman poet Ovid (who lived in the Rome of the first century B.C), this new course takes young learners on a journey through some of the tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Along the way, they pick up Latin words and grammar, explore the connections between Latin and English and discover how Ovid's stories still speak to us today. Each chapter introduces one of Ovid’s much-loved stories, encouraging children to begin reading Latin immediately while exploring the literary and mythic context of the stories. At the end of each chapter there are suggested activities to help learners to think about what they have just read, and to understand how the stories connect to ideas and issues that are still relevant today, from relationships with others and philosophy, to science and caring for the planet. Soham De’s illustrations bring Ovid’s stories alive for a wide range of learners and make learning Latin a colourful journey of discovery. Telling Tales in Latin outlines how Latin is the basis for English grammar, unlocking the complexities of learning English (and other languages) along the way. It also contains the vocabulary and grammar needed for the OCR Entry Level Latin qualification, making this book the ideal first introduction to Latin.

About the Author

Lorna Robinson has a doctorate in Classics from University College London and is the director of the Iris Project, which promotes the study of Classics in state schools.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8907 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press (16 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C8X7398
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,137 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant new Latin course 10 July 2013
By Victor
Format:Paperback
'Telling Tales in Latin' by Lorna Robinson is a new and exciting Latin course published by Souvenir Press. The Roman poet Ovid serves as the storyteller and his chatty, lively style will appeal to students of all ages from the outset.

A selection of mythological stories from Ovid's Metamorphoses forms the basis of the Latin text. The grammatical material and vocabulary cover the requirements of the OCR Entry Level qualification in Latin, making this course the only one which currently caters for this prescription.

From Chapter 1, students are encouraged to see and also to work out for themselves the connections between Latin and English derivatives, some of which will prove to be rather thought provoking, but will help to extend pupils' knowledge and understanding of English vocabulary.

Each chapter follows a similar format, namely a brief introduction, the myth itself with helpful vocabulary, a clear explanation of the new grammatical point being studied and excellent suggestions for further activities.

Pupils are introduced to the most important areas of Latin grammar so that they can see how the structure of the language works. Verb tenses which are covered include the Present, Imperfect and Perfect with clear definitions of each. The four conjugations, termed 'groups', with their infinitives, are outlined. If any form of a Perfect tense verb is different, it appears each time in the vocabulary. Two very common irregular verbs (sum and possum) in the Present tense only are given, which Ovid calls 'wild verbs'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars excellent idea ruined 28 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
At first glance this book is every Latin teacher's dream - introduce the language through fascinating myths! But on closer inspection, one finds so many elementary errors in the language that the book is useless for beginners. The fourth declension noun CURRUS is even given as the paradigm noun for the second declension, complete with wrong endings. How this ever got past the reviewers is amazing! I recommend an urgent revision by someone who knows basic Latin and then the imaginative basis for the book can be allowed to go ahead.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless on Kindle 9 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This may be a very good book. It probably is. But it is impossible to use on Kindle.

Each section begins with a section of latin text which it constantly refers back to. There are also tables of words to be referred to. With a paper book this would just be a matter of keeping a finger on the relevant page, but with Kindle that is impossible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Latin for children. 21 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thought it too complicated for children to learn from. Large vocabulary. I already know some Latin and I struggled with it.
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