40 years ago, when I was at high school, my class enjoyed one term of Latin lessons. Unfortunately, when it came time to choose our elective subjects, I was the only student who chose Latin, so the school naturally declined to run the subject. I have wanted to learn Latin ever since. I’ve never managed to find a class to attend and made a few false starts over the years in trying to teach myself from dusty old textbooks I’ve come across. I am so happy to have finally found this book! I’m only up to Chapter 8 so far, but it is so enjoyable and achievable! I’d highly recommend it for anyone trying to work their own way through Latin lessons. Instead of front loading and drilling on dry grammar and vocab, which some other texts do, the emphasis here is on reading Latin, with the supporting grammar introduced gradually and in context. I’m just starting out, but already I find myself working in Latin as opposed to just translating Latin. The publisher (Hackett Publishing) has an interactive website. For a small fee you can sign up for the online courseware which includes flash cards and recordings of Lingua Latina Familia Romana, both in classical Latin pronunciation and also in ecclesiastical pronunciation. You can stream the sound files and/or download them as mp3 files. The online resources also include Orberg’s Latine Disco (student manual) and Grammatica Latina, so there is no need to buy these books. Incidentally, both the student manual and the Latin grammar are also included in the companion volume “Lingua Latina: A companion to Familia Romana” by Jeanne Marie Neumann, and this is well worth purchasing too. A word of warning though… the online courseware also gives you interactive access to all of the supplemental grammatical exercises which are published separately in the book “Lingua Latina: Exercitia Latina 1”. You can answer the questions and get a score online. Initially I thought this would suffice and I decided not to purchase the Exercitia Latina booklet, which in any case has no answer key. However, after a few weeks of working that way, I decided that having a hard copy of all the exercises together in a booklet would be easier, so I purchased the Exercitia Latina 1 book, and also the “Lingua Latina: Teacher’s Materials and Answer Keys” so that I could mark my own work. Here’s what I discovered… the Exercitia booklet offers lots of helpful clues in the margins which are absent from the online courseware. Accordingly, I’d recommend teach yourself students buy that booklet too!