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Ten years on I still remeber this book.
on 18 March 2005
This book was my introduction to Latin at age 11, and all of us in my year look back on those lessons with fondness. Unlike when learning modern foreign languages, there is no need, when learning Latin, to worry about being able to order a coffee, or ask someone the time, or any of the other usual phrases in the tourist catalogue. This frees up the structure of the curriculum so that one can attack the very language itself, which this book does beautifully. The language is taught through narrative, telling the story of Horace, or Quintus as he's known as a boy, and gets straight into the art of translating sentences, not phrases, with more emphasis placed on grammar and structure rather than increasing the students' vocabulary. I recommend this series of books to anyone considering taking up Latin, though I would also recommend going to a class as well. Not because the book fails in any respect as good material for self teaching, but because a few hours a week with the eccentrics that are Latin teachers restores one's faith in humanity.