Reviews - What do customers think about Latin: Start Speaking Today (Language/30)?
good introduction Apr 16, 2008
For the person who knows nothing about the language, this is a good beginning. It gives a selection of the few remaining latin phrases and expressions that might ocassionally be encountered in daily life (with proper pronounciation). Immediately useful. The only drawback is that there is not usually enough time to repeat the longer expressions out loud before the text moves on. The recordings seem to have been done in one take (a la Ed Wood), when it might have better to do some of them over. Occasional stammer by the narrator.
Mis represented product Nov 13, 2007
This two-CD set is in fact not so much a tool to learn Latin as it is a slew of latin words and phrases repeated at you. The critical part of latin is that it is an inflected language, that is, the words change with the meaning (amare, amas, i love, you love, and so on).
The second CD is basically a list of phrases. Since no country in the world speaks latin anymore, phrases like "let's have lunch" and "I have a head ache" are about as useful as "puella et pisces capuit" (the girl and the fish fall).
For 17.95, this is an adequate supplemental learning tool. It's hardly going to teach latin, and the sub title "Start speaking Latin Today" is certainly a misnomer. Save your money and get a copy of Wheelock's Latin and the Rosetta Stone software. Or better yet, take a class.