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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, informative, useful!
Chock full of interesting examples of Latin out there in the "everyday" world, Annus Horribilis is probably best suited to those who already know a little Latin. (You'll need a dictionary and grammar book to really get the best out of it -- especially if you want to have a crack at the translations -- the appendix on Latin grammar is more of a reminder than any attempt at...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some nice info but not the way to learn latin from scratch
The book has a lot of interesting information but it is not very helpful if you do not have a basic understanding of latin already
Published on 5 Aug. 2011 by B. Bera


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, informative, useful!, 14 Nov. 2007
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Chock full of interesting examples of Latin out there in the "everyday" world, Annus Horribilis is probably best suited to those who already know a little Latin. (You'll need a dictionary and grammar book to really get the best out of it -- especially if you want to have a crack at the translations -- the appendix on Latin grammar is more of a reminder than any attempt at a full explanation).

The early chapters are straightforward, containing examples of familiar phrases, abbreviations, mottoes and so forth (including mottoes for James Bond and Hogwarts!). But then the book changes tack and introduces some longer pieces: beginning with Church Latin and selections from the Vulgate Bible (incl. "Pater noster").

This is followed by chapters whose general theme is "musical" Latin: the Mass, Requiem, Stabat Mater, Christmas Carols (Adeste Fideles etc), Carmina Burana, Gaudeamus Omnes -- that is, Latin texts probably best known in their musical settings. Anyone who has Mozart's Requiem on CD, for example, should really enjoy these.

Then follow two final chapters on Roman inscriptions (v. useful if planning a trip to Rome!) and epitaphs in English churches (including the complete text of the poet Edmund Waller's epitaph).

The format in all the later chapters is to give the full Latin text then copious notes below which are intended to help the reader execute their own translation (full English translations are provided at the back of the book for reference).

All in all, a refreshing new approach to Latin pitched at adults who are curious to find out for themselves.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique book, 8 Jan. 2008
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This book provides a unique approach to Latin for those who do not wish to study the classics, but do wish to be able to understand the Latin that is still encountered, as the title of the book implies, in 'everyday life'. My own particular interest lies in family history, but other books on Latin for family history concentrate on the relatively simple medieval and legal Latin found in historical documents, whereas many tombstone inscriptions from the seventeenth century onwards are in Classical Latin and more difficult to interpret. The final chapter of this book on Latin Epitaphs is exactly what I have been looking for, providing examples of Latin monumental inscriptions with explanations and translations. The other chapters are also very interesting. This is not a book that will enable you to learn to read Latin fluently, which requires a detailed knowledge of grammar, although there is a very brief summary of grammar as an appendix. For those who wish to understand the Latin words and phrases they encounter in everyday life, but do not wish to learn to read Latin more generally, it provides a useful reference source. For those who already know some Latin, or wish to learn to read it, this book complements the Classical era Latin of conventional courses and grammars. An excellent book that fills a significant gap in the market.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pocket sized but hard backed!, 19 Jan. 2008
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This is the pocket sized edition of Mark Walker's A4 textbook 'Latin for Everyday Life' that he originally produced in spiral bound format for his Buckinghamshire adult Latin learners' class. This Tempus edition is nicely produced with a dust jacket and includes a small grammar reference at the back whereas the original textbook had quite a large section on Latin grammar. However, if you need to go into the full details of the Latin grammar for translations then a standard Latin grammar book and a conventional Latin dictionary would be required.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Handboook of "Applied Latin", 20 Nov. 2007
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The author calls this a course in "Applied Latin" in his introduction. It is more of a handbook than a textbook, but it is certainly about "Applied Latin", with all examples drawn from various facets of Latin in today's world.

There is maybe too much of an emphasis on "Church Latin", with chapters on the Vulgate, the Mass, the Requiem, Carols & Hymns as well as Epitaphs in churches and cathedrals. But then, I suppose, that is where many of us do come across Latin today -- and you don't have to go to church or sing in a church choir, just take a look at the booklet notes of choral CDs by Rossini or Mozart or Beethoven etc.

A big plus is that this a hardback, so sturdier than the more usual paperback: and it is small enough to fit in your pocket: a handy handbook!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good teaching aid., 31 Jan. 2014
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For someone like myself, teaching a U3A class, from a knowledge base not accessed for fifty years, this is a helpful teaching aid.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some nice info but not the way to learn latin from scratch, 5 Aug. 2011
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The book has a lot of interesting information but it is not very helpful if you do not have a basic understanding of latin already
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 2 Dec. 2014
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Excellent reminder of school days.
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