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Who needs conversational Latin?,
This review is from: Latin for Beginners (Usborne Language Guides) (Paperback)The Amazon synopsis for this book says what's wrong with this book: "This title deals with everyday situations in which children may find themselves while abroad." And therefore it's almost completely useless. As far as I know, no-one actually learns Latin to speak it on holiday. This book appears to be a Latin version of a book designed for learning French or German. So you learn how to ask someone's name, to buy an ice-cream, to go swimming, etc. There is almost no grammar in it at all, and it will not help you (or your child) read even the simplest of the classical authors. All that can be said for it is that it's attractively put together, with bright lively pages, but so is "Minimus", which I recommend instead.
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Initial post: 23 Dec 2008 02:28:14 GMT
I completely agree and was going to write the same thing myself.
Posted on 28 Nov 2012 21:44:51 GMT
P. Andrews says:
While I too prefer the style of the Minimus books, I guess it depends on whether or not the reader/learner can identify with the ancient context or needs a more modernised context to begin with. So long as the Latin is accurate and taken from ancient sources (ie not made up 'Neo-Latin') I don't see the harm in this approach if it helps someone.
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