- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - US; 07 edition (1 June 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061997226
- ISBN-13: 978-0061997228
- Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 3.4 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1 Kg
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Wheelock's Latin Paperback – 1 Jun 2011
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For nearly sixty years, Wheelock's Latin has remained the opitmus liber of beginning Latin textbooks.
When Professor Frederic M. Wheelock's Latin first appeared in 1956, the reviews extolled its thoroughness, organization, and conciseness; one reviewer predicted that the book "might well become the standard text" for introducing students to elementary Latin. Now, nearly six decades later, that prediction has certainly proved accurate.
This new edition of Wheelock's Latin has all of the features, many of them improved and expanded, that have made it the bestselling single-volume beginning Latin textbook:
- 40 chapters with grammatical explanations and readings drawn from the works of Rome's major prose and verse writers;
- Self-tutorial exercises, each with an answer key, for independent study;
- An extensive English–Latin/Latin–English vocabulary section;
- A rich selection of original Latin readings—unlike other Latin textbooks, which contain primarily made-up texts;
- Etymological aids, maps, and dozens of images illustrating aspects of the classical culture and mythology presented in the chapter readings.
Also included are expanded notes on the literary passages, comments on vocabulary, and translation tips; new comprehension and discussion questions; and new authentic classical Latin readings, including Roman graffiti, in every chapter.
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1. I read the chapter in Wheelock.
2 I do all the chapter exercises in the back of the book. The answer key is in the book.
3. I do all the exercises in the chapter itself. The answer key is downloadable to a device (but cannot, I think, be printed)
4. I do all the exercises in the Workbook. key--same as 3.
5. I then read and do all the exercises in the appropriate chapter for Scribblers, Sculptors and Scribes. Somewhere along the way I read the story from 38 Latin Stories.
I also started the Lingua Latina Familia Romana about 4 months ago, and am on Chapter 22 (of 35) The way my mind works, I would have been very frustrated to just use that--I want to KNOW things thoroughly. But I find LLPI superb as --raw reading material-- as in, reading it for an hour while walking on the treadmill. I read every chapter multiple times, getting something from them each time. The Companion to Lingua Latina is also useful The subtle difference in grammatical emphasis, to me, is enlightening.
I have also benefited from having a Cassell dictionary, and punching searches into Wiktionary--the Wiktionary is great for looking up words in such a highly inflected language.
In Wheelock's books, the Inscriptions, Poems (Martial is LOL good), Cicero, Virgil, and the Proverba and Dicta, Sententiae Antiquae, are my "candy"--the pay-off for the grunt work. Originally my goal was to eventually read Caesar's Conquest of Gaul in the original. But all the authors I am being exposed to have broadened my scope of interest--and it feels as though the keys to Western Civilization thought have been handed to me.
Yes, like others, my volume is now shredded from use--I am ordering another copy right now. I don't think the kindle edition would work for me.
(update, February 2019. I am on chapter 38. Still love it. Started LLPSI Pars II--Roma Aeterna, and, to me, the two work together well. Suggest also getting the companions for that series, and watching the chapter talks on the LLPSI web site. Because of the ornate sentence structure, I actually find the learning curve steeper with that set of books--but, again, that supplements Wheelck.)
The important terms are in bold, there are footnotes to give extra detail, and there are several appendices towards the end of the book. Do not skip the introduction, as it includes instructions on how to pronounce the vowels, diphthongs, and consonants and also gives interesting background in history on the development of book. I'm an adult learner, so I really appreciate the effort that was taken to explain some of the grammatical concepts, having been out of school for quite a while. There are many examples of key Concepts being presented in Table Fashion which I really like because I'm a visual learner. Don't get me wrong, you will still need to do your due diligence and do things like create index cards for vocabulary words so you can drill yourself. In other words, you are not going to learn Latin by osmosis. It's hard work, but well worth the effort.
Well, flipping through the book while doing this review I just realized there's a self tutorial exercise section. I will definitely be using that. There are also supplementary reading and vocabulary lists after the last chapter. In fact, I just realized this book actually goes on for another 200 Pages after the last chapter which is chapter 40. Chapter 40 ends on page 350. Loci start on page 351 and ends on 411. Then there's a self tutorial section; a key to tutorial exercises; appendices; a vocabulary section, both from English to Latin and Latin to English; a section on abbreviations; a very detailed index; and more. If you're concerned about supporting materials, don't worry. I know this is just a review for the book, but there are available to you an associated workbook, reader, audio CDs, website, and more. I've also discovered that there's a fairly large community that uses Wheelock Latin materials and there are mobile apps and other websites regarding Wheelock Latin.
I consider myself somewhat of a slow learner regarding language, but I am very pleased with the learning materials and have already started reading and comprehending small sentences after only two weeks. I'm also finding that this is helping me immensely in understanding Spanish which I am also in the process of learning. That is of course because Latin is the parent language for Spanish.
I could go on and on about this book and the whole series of materials available, but I have other things I need to get done today. I should say, that I'm rarely this motivated to write a long review, but with this exceptional book I felt it merited an effort consummate with the effort they made in creating the book.
Why I highly recommend the kindle edition is that you can set bookmarks. At the end of each chapter you are told to go to the back of the book to do exercises. In the paperback, this is like going from pg50 to pg600 for exercises then pg650 for the answers. Have you ever had to flip to the end of a colossal book for footnotes or glossary? It's a pain. Not only can I set bookmarks on kindle and go to them with a flew clicks, I can preview bookmark pages, i.e., they're superimposed on the page you have open. So if I'm quizzing on pg600, I don't even have to go to pg650, its overlayed on top. I can't stress how convenient this is and how convenient bookmarks in general are for such a large book, not to mention the search feature and the ability to use a latin-english lexicon.
Another reviewer didn't like all the additions, particularly the graffiti section and the added exercises. I also disagree because Lefleur knows this book will be used not only by students but by those self-teaching, such as myself. Anything that will make Latin more fun and accessible is great in my opinion. The book is big though, but as another reviewer states, there isn't enough reading material and I agree. However, if you added reading material this book would be even larger, which is unrealistic. Unless of course, you have a kindle.