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The Everything Essential Latin Book: All You Need to Learn Latin in No Time Paperback – 8 January 2014
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- ASIN : 1440574219
- Publisher : Everything (8 January 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781440574214
- ISBN-13 : 978-1440574214
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.78 x 21.43 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 316,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Prior's book doesn't quite deliver: it's basically focussed on teaching classical Latin, the section on pronunciation is perfunctory & confusing--English speakers have a whole different way of pronouncing Latin, than do native Italian speakers. Ecclesiastical Latin users, Biological Latin users & Academic Latin users all have slightly different ways of pronouncing some vowels & even some consonants. This is a problem & one that Prior, for all his detailed breakdown of grammar, does little to elucidate, or resolve...
Further, the book has multiple typos and errors, has eliminated excerpts from Latin writers, and, in the exercises, uses words not given in the vocabulary. You'll need a good Latin dictionary to do the exercises, for the meager "Latin-English Vocabulary" in the appendix is woeful.
The cursory explanations on how Latin works leave the student much to figure out on his or her own. Don't waste your time or money on this. If you want a comprehensive, clearly-written and complete explanation on Latin, go with Wheelock's. Better yet is the Lingua Latina series by Hans Orberg. Both are much more clear, solid, and professional.