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Lingua Latina: Part I: Latin-Spanish Vocabulary (Latin Edition) [Paperback]

By Hans H. Orberg (Author)
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Lingua Latina is a complete immersion course providing Latin that students read and understand immediately. Every sentence is intelligible per se because the meaning and function of all new word forms is clear from the context, illustrations, or marginal notes throughout this carefully graded text. Part 1 (Familia Romana) is the eventful and entertaining story of a Roman family, which also serves as an introduction to the life and culture of ancient Rome. Part 2 (Roma Aeterna) tells Roman history from the beginnings. Students who have completed Part 1 are already able to read classical texts, such as Orberg's editions of Caesar's Gallic Wars or of Plautus' Amphitryo. In Part 2, students read extensive selections from classical authors, refine their knowledge of syntax, and develop a vocabulary of over 4000 words. Upon completion of the course, students can read the most challenging classical texts with relative ease.

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Studio: Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Company
Pages   20
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 7.2" Height: 0.08"
Weight:   0.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1999
Publisher   Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Company
ISBN  1585100579  
ISBN13  9781585100576  

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More About Hans H. Orberg

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Hans Henning Orberg (1920-2010) MA in English. French and Latin at the University of Copenhagen. 1946-52 and 1961-63 teacher at various Danish High Schools. 1953-1961 on the staff of The Nature Method Institute, Copenhagen. 1963-1988 teacher at Grenaa Gymnasium. Author of the Latin course Lingua Latina secundum naturae rationem explicata, first published 1955-56. New revised edition published 1990-91 under the title Lingua Latina per se illustrata, with a number of supplements. After his retirement he ran a publishing house called Domus Latina, which is now run by his children."

Hans H. Orberg was born in 1920 and died in 2010.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Lingua Latina: Part I: Latin-Spanish Vocabulary (Latin Edition)?

Just doesn't stand alone  Mar 6, 2008
My mother gave me this book when I expressed interest in learning Latin. She also gave me a Latin-English dictionary and a copy of Wheelocks. She found this book did not stand alone to learn Latin, although the author claims it should. I thought I was getting some type of grasp when another package arrived, including the Student Manual and the Vocabulary list. Now I am getting somewhere.

I am moving slowly, but also utilizing Wheelock's Readings CD which has a pronunciation guide. This has been very helpful for me considering Lingua Latina recommends one read the chapters out loud. Prior to the Wheelock's CD I was butchering the Latin words in Lingua Latina. I have since ordered the CD for this text, but it only includes the first 10 of the 30 chapters. There is no audio CD for the other 20 chapters. I have also ordered the College Manual.

Clearly, for me this book does not stand alone to learn Latin as it says it will. However, once I had the tools I am learning the language at a decent pace. The lack of any English can make it an uphill curve at first, but once I was able to climb the mountain of the first few chapters I seem to be doing fine.

I am giving this three stars because I had to purchase or receive as gifts so many other products in the series just to start out. I know several foreign languages including ASL, so I know it is not that I have a problem learning languages. I think this book should come with the Student Manual and English-Latin Vocabulary as a set.
Great Common Sense Approach  Jan 3, 2007
I have studied many Latin books and Hans Orberg has done a great job with his Lingua Latina program. His books are published and used in Denmark but specially prepared for use in North America. This little vocabulary book is just part of a whole program for learning Latin on your own or teaching it to your kids. It is such a good program that I am actually a little freaked out at how much Latin I can understand and read just by following this course. It is something I can really stick to and finish!
Not bad, wish there was more choice.  Aug 8, 2006
In college Latin there is really only two choices for texts. A Majority of teachers use the old reliable Wheelok's Latin, while a growing minority use Orberg. My school used Orberg. Orberg is helpful for learning the "Natural Method" and he really does get one to think, however, sometimes it is hard to understand what is going on. the lack of english definitions makes it hard sometimes to learn what he wants you to learn. Also, forget about the Grammatica Latina. unless you are fairly fluent, it is hard to figure out what it says. Hopefully you have a great teacher, because if you have to rely mostly on the book, you won't go far.
The book that made me study Latin  Mar 19, 2006
This book pulled me into the study of Latin. I read the
first two pages at the author's lingua-latina website in
Denmark, and was lured by the way it allowed me to read a
purely Latin text. It's addictive. The Latine Disco and
Exercitia Latina were great additions, as was the
CD with MP3s of the chapters being read.

Once in a while, the book would subtly pre-introduce
something. These made sense in context but it was a little
unnerving to see them but not have them explained. The
Latine Disco, though sufficient, is terse and could probably
benefit from expansion.

I lost my routine after Chapter 16, and have yet to get
back. I have since discovered the LatinStudy mailing list
and joined a beginning Wheelock group. For a new student on
his own, the community of an online group is fantastic, and
the translation and real quotes in Wheelock are missing from
LL. But Familia Romana is fun, and there is something
simply beautiful about the book. Try the first few pages
and see if you don't have to read it.
Adults are not children  Nov 30, 2005
The Natural Approach has a lot to say for it. But it makes a fatal assumption: adults learn the same way as children.

Fact: Adults already have a lifetime of experiences children do not have.

Fact: Anybody learning a second or third language as an adult will initially associate the new language with those languages already known.

When I used this method in a university class, the first thing all of the students did was to go out to the bookstores and buy grammar texts and a Latin-English dictionary.

This is not a textbook that makes a good primary text. However, this book would be an excellent second book for a Latin language class.

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