The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Latin

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning LatinYou Came You Saw You Conquered Latin You Re No Idiot, Of Course You Know That Latin Is Anything But A Dead Language Latin Lives All Around Us In Commonly Used Phrases, Professional Life, And At The Very Roots Of What We Say You D Like A Solid Background In Latin, But When It Comes To Unraveling The Complexities Of This Ancient And Expressive Language, You Feel Like A Barbarian At The Gates Of Rome Don T Torch Your Toga Just Yet The Complete Idiot S Guide To Learning Latin Is A Comprehensive Tool That Will Help You Steer Through The Basics Without Falling Asleep At The Wheel In This Complete Idiot S Guide, You Ll Get The Lowdown On Latin Its Historical Context And Its Relevance Today Valuable Vocabulary Builders Safe Steps For Navigating The Grammar Jungle Latin Literacy Reading Passages From The Ancient Authors The Lingo Latin In The Modern World From Medicine To Music, And Most of this book is an extended pep talk about grammar and is excessively dull It s not a textbook, but it s hard to say what it is beyond describing it as a confused mess.Probably the most interesting part of this comes at the start of chapter 1, entitled Why Learn Latin Horwood asserts that Latin increases your English vocabulary and helps you learn about history If the former is true, it s not the most efficient way of achieving this aim, and latter seems useful only if you have the burning desire to read some primary historical texts from ancient Rome No other reasons however are offered, even though other Latinists do often try to otherwise justify themselves.Instead in this chapter, like the best lawyers and politicians, Harwood fails to answer her own question, blithely telling you what you should do at a dinner party if someone teases you for learning a dead language According to the author you should assert that it s not dead This is simply untrue the author is basically lying to you and is encouraging you to tell lies to your friends, which clearly isn t a good ideaLyingAn entirely reasonable response would be to admit that you have a bizarre esoteric interest in learning a useless dead language Most people have esoteric interests it s what makes us human But Latinists can t admit this.Latinists followers of political Latinism however are often not honest and straightforward with themselves self deception theThe Folly of FoolsPerhaps therefore you should add to your defence it s an esoteric interest of mine, but I m quite a well rounded and balanced individual, and therefore unlike many political Latinists, I realise the inappropriacy of foisting Latin instruction onto kids.Or you could just not waste your time with Latin. Even though according to Goodreads I have finished this book, I have only scratched the surface I will continue to use this book to learn Latin and I got an App too and am practicing every day I already know days of the week, numbers to 12 and some colors Too much focus on grammatical rules that I don t even know in English, not enough focus on modern use in science, medicine, and common phrases in Latin. Useful primer but not the type of book I could read cover to cover. Why not

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Latin
  • Natalie Harwood
  • English
  • 26 August 2017
  • 9781592575343

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