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I am new to Latin. What do you recommend for me?

I would begin with Comenius' 'Vestibulum'. (Scroll down to find it)

After this, I would start with the Orbis Pictus, (Also further down this page)

together with the the main Language Course, Adler's Practical Grammar. 

Adler will teach you formal grammar, with vast quantities of practical examples.

Use the Serial and Oral Latin Course lessons I have bundled for free with Adler 1-9, as

 these provide a gentler introduction.

 After that, pick up with Adler course as it follows his original textbook, and intersperse

 this with Comenius' Orbis Pictus, in order to build a wide ranging vocabulary. When 

you are about halfway through Adler,you can start to supplement your studies with 

some of the other useful Latin-English materials I provide here,

which will begin to expose you to prose, and a wider variety of Latin, while

maintaining interest. 

If you fancy a more traditional Latin course, then you might want to try D'Ooge.

Millner's Serial and Oral Latin Course (Textbook and Workbook in pdf)

First Course: Steps One to Two Hundred
(no audio, textbook and workbook only)

ADLER (audio)

This audio presentation, originally produced for the Latinum Podcast,

and released on DVD, turns Adler into an immersion experience.

It is unique, in focusing on learning the entire structure of Latin grammar

through conversation. The Complete Adler Course in Audio contains the entire text of 

Adler's Compendious "Practical Grammar of the Latin Language", and extended audio

 exercises in Latin-English-Latin, repeated again in Latin audio only (for revision 

purposes), with additional extended verb and noun paradigms in audio, and additional 

practical exercises in audio,  amounting to the most comprehensive Latin Language 

audio course available.

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Each of the 97 audio lessons is in 3 parts:

1. Grammar and syntax with extensive paradigms added to the text.

2. Model question-answer conversations in Latin-English-Latin.

3. Slow repetition and fast repetition of the conversational material in Latin only.

Adler 1-9 Add

Adler 10 - 19 Add

Adler 20 -29 Add

Adler 30 - 39 Add

Adler 40 - 49 Add

Adler 50 - 59 Add

Adler 60 - 69 Add

Adler 70 - 79 Add

Adler 80 - 89 Add

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'Cornelia'  Simple Latin Storybook. (Audio)

2 hours 23 minutes of audio

This novella is written in simple Latin, and would be suitable for an

intermediate student. It is set in America. The vocabulary and general

subject matter appears to be setting up a structure for reading Caesar -

however, the story stands on its own merits.

The language progresses in difficulty as the course progresses.

This is a companion text to Maxey's 'Latin Primer'.

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D'OOGE (Audio)   Latin for Beginners -  A Complete Audio Course 

13 hours 11 minutes of audio Now, for the first time, the entire textbook is available in 

audio, as a  complete stand-alone audio course.

This traditional Latin textbook, dating from the very early 20th Century,

was produced in audio in November 2009. D'Ooge uses more formal

grammatical terminology than either Underwood or Adler. His method is

known as 'grammar-translation'. This audio course adds a third dimension

to his textbook, turning it into a comprehensible input source as well.

D'Ooge's textbook also comes with a mini Latin reader with a graded

selection of prose in basic Latin.

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UNDERWOOD (Audio)- Latin for Beginners 

For pharmacy and medicine students.

Underwood wrote his course for medical students taking the Latin

examinations at London's Guild of Apothecaries and the Royal College of

Physicians in the early 1800's. These students, as non-Latin specialists,

required a common-sense approach. The result is a very accessible

beginner's Latin course. It would also be useful as a revision course for the

more seasoned student, as it approaches the subject from a fresh angle.

I am very fond of this course - it is very well constructed -

traditional in its approach, but, Underwood has a rare knack for being able to explain 

NUTTING - American History Reader (Audio)

This interesting series of historical stories ( broken into 100 episodes)

is composed in relatively simple Latin. It chronicles the period from Christopher 

Columbus  until the founding of the American Republic.

This is not a dry re-telling of history, but is a carefully crafted and delightful

series of stories, that are well enough written  that they bear listening to several times.

One of the best Latin readers I have yet encountered. 

Read in the restored classical pronunciation  of Latin by Evan Millner. 

Recorded in November MMIX 

Latin Without Tears (Part One)

An Audio Visual Latin Course (Text Based)

This is an Audio and Video presentation ( one file is in .avi format the rest are .flv)

covering the first 100 pages of "Latin Without Tears" - a unique and highly effective

textbooks for learning Latin from scratch, or revising and improving rusty Latin Skills.

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The text is presented in video, with a voice over and explanation. Everything is read

carefully in restored classical pronunciation. Additional explanations and helps for

studying the language are presented.

This is a well crafted course, written by a gifted educator.

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FENTON (Audio)   A Child's First Latin Book   Bible Stories.

Fenton's reader  is in the style promoted by the philosopher John Locke, and the printers to  University College, London (John Taylor).

 The Latin is presented grammatically in a word order that approximates the English, 

making  translation into English easier for the complete beginner.

 This audiobook   deals with sacred texts from the Old Testament. 

 The reading is Latin- English-Latin, and repeated again in Latin only.

The Latin in this reader is simple, and this is one of the most suitable

readers I have come across for a beginner wanting to read some extended

text in Latin.

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CAESAR (Audio)   De Bello Gallico

Book One

Serial and Oral Method

The publishers to the new University College, London, in the mid 1800's

embarked on a new series of Latin texts, following the plan outlined by the

philosopher John Locke.

This particular edition of Caesar is unique, and no other Latin text has been

issued since this date, using the serial and oral method. This method teaches

grammar intuitively, through the deconstructed text of Caesar, which is built

up line by line, each new line only introducing one new lexical item, or one

new grammatical point, which is highlighted in the Latin and in the translation

with italic font. This is a most valuable text for the beginning student of the

Roman Classics.

5 hours 59 minutes of audio

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COMENIUS (Audio)   The Orbis Sensualium Pictus

"Orbis Sensualium Pictus" (The Visible World in Pictures) is an introductory

schoolbook. Comenius believed the teacher should use visual aids, and,

where possible, actual physical models. All the items mentioned in the text

are referenced with numbers to engravings, that are positioned alongside

the text,which is a simplified encyclopaedia. You will learn astronomy,

climatology, zoology, botany, human anatomy, philosophy, geography

, geometry, musical instruments, warfare, politics, jurisprudence. You will

accomplish two things - you will build up a vocabulary of a few thousand

Latin words, acquire a knowledge of simple grammatical structures ( the

sentences are all relatively simple) and in addition, gain an insight into the

world, as it was understood by a Protestant Renaissance scholar in the mid


Comenius (English-Latin Version) 

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COMENIUS (after) (audio)

Der Kleiner Lateiner A Latin Reader.

Der Kleine Lateiner is essentially a re-write of Comenian material,with

much in common with the Orbis Pictus. It is a useful text to use to revise

and consolidate the Orbis Sensualium Pictus, as the wording is often

slightly different, but the subject matter will be familiar.

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Mythology and History Reader

Sanford and Scott's reader would be accessible for a student who had completed the

Adler course - re-telling famous stories from myth and legend, such as the story of

Perseus,Hercules and Jason - followed by a simple Roman History reader. The stories

are pleasant to listen to, and would benefit even a more advanced student. Listening

to easy Latin is a great way to move towards fluency, which can only be achieved by

extensive audio and oral exercise

8 hours and 50 minutes of audio

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MISSA SANCTA The Holy Mass(Audio)

Student edition recorded in Latin-English-Latin, phrase by phrase, with a

separate repetition in Latin only.

This is a text dating from 1755, and is an academic study text.

The Missa Sancta in its various forms can be regarded as an important

document in the history of Western Civilization, and many phrases and

expressions from it are very common in Latin literature.

An acquaintance with this text is worth having, especially given its prevalence in the


Rudimenta Grammaticae

Grammatica Janualis

Scopus classis vestibularis est ad Januam latinitatis tirones praeparare, et per hanc in

 atrium Latinitatis ingrediendum, cujus praeparationis septem sunt veluti gradus: Latina

 omnia legere posse prompte, sine hesitatione ulla. Pronuntiare omnia recte, et 

articulate, scribere, manu prompta, ediscere linguae latinae radices, addiscere his 

respondentes voces vernaculas, declinare et conjugare omnia analoga accurate.

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Latin for Beginners Based around Caesar.

15 hours and 16 minutes of audio

English and Latin. The audio edition contains the audio of the textbook, with additional


This is a comprehensive introduction, which also lays down an overview of Latin 

grammar as it proceeds through the material line by line.

The audio material covers Book One of Caesar's Gallic War, from Chapter 1 to 

Chapter 28.

* Grammar Course 

* Vocabulary audio files. 

* literal translation in English in audio. 

This contains all the vocabulary in audio for book one of De Bello Gallico. 

Each word or phrase is read in Latin - English - Latin.

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CANNON (Audio)
An Open Door to Caesar De Bello Gallico
Book One.

Cannon's 'An Open Door to Caesar' contains a re-written summary in simplified Latin 

of each chapter of book one of De Bello Gallico, followed by the actual chapter in 

Caesar's own words. This text also contains a brief grammatical appendix, which is

 not included in the audio. 

COMENIUS (Audio) The Vestibulum to Latin.

This text is a pleasant introduction to the Latin language, and would also benefit more

 experienced students, who may have a very limited range of vocabulary.

The Vestibulum gives an essential foundation in the core root words of Latin, enough

 to begin to start to speak about some things, and to read a variety of very simple texts.

 Comenius' Vestibulum is written in a pleasant , clear and light-hearted Latin style.

The Vestibulum contains a vocabulary of 1000 root words. 

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Each word is read in English and Latin, so correct quantity is learned naturally. 

Hundreds of words are presented - this audio material is intended to be listened to 

multiple times - initially this will be quite tiring, if not utterly bewildering and will seem

 too fast - however, this system will help to build your vocabulary rapidly, and, if 

refreshed on a monthly basis, the words you have learned will become consolidated. 

You will not learn all the words on the first listen through.


Pretty Lessons in Verse

For learning vocabulary.

Sara Coleridge, sister of the celebrated poet, wrote a lovely collection of poems for 

teaching Latin, addressed to dear Henry and Edith, her children. I suppose her brother 

had a hand in these delightful verses as well, which make learning a foundational Latin

 vocabulary a little bit easier. It makes a pleasant change from the usual method of


Chapter 1 to 14
This reading of Cornelius Nepos' "Lives" covers the first 14 biographies:
2 hours 43 minutes of audio

1. Miltiades.

2. Themistocles.

3. Aristides.

4. Pausanias.

5. Cimon.

6. Lysander.

7. Alcibiades.

8. Thrasybulus.

9. Conon.

10. Dion.

11. Iphicrates.

12. Chabrias.

13. Timotheus.

14. Datames.

Nepos writes in a clear, simple Latin style that has much to recommend it. Catullus 

praises him highly. These works were written to be read aloud - as were all Roman

 works - and the authors were careful about how their phrases sounded. Nepos is a 

brilliant master of this art. 


Scripted Conversations Colloquia Selecta. 

These scripted dialogues were first issued in the 1500's, and immediately became a hit

 - they went through a large number of editions, and were a staple of the Latin 

schoolroom right through to the late 1700's. A study made of the bookshelves of 

students who died while in college at Cambridge University ( whose possessions were 

recorded in the records), shows that these dialogues, and works by Erasmus, were in

 almost every student's personal library in the early - mid 1700's.

They only lost popularity when the rise of Nationalism and regionalism in Europe lead 

to less emphasis being placed on oral fluency in Latin, eventually leading to the 

situation today, when, for the first time since the fall of Rome, Latin as a spoken 

medium is in danger of extinction. The recording also contains the Latin-only version, 

in two audio variations, the Willymott and Alexander editions.

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EUTROPIUS (Audio)  Breviarium Historiae Romanae

Liber I ad VI 

3 hours 24 minutes of audio 

Books 1 to 6 - from the founding of Rome to the assassination of Julius Caesar. 

For many centuries, this text was the first Classical work put into the hands of a 

beginning student of Latin, due to the clarity of Eutropius' style. It fell out of favour in 

the late 1900's. 

Flavius Eutropius was a historian who lived in the late 4th century. He was secretary 

(magister memoriae) at Constantinople, and accompanied the Emperor Julian on his

 expedition against the Persians (363), and was alive during the reign of Valens (364–

378), to whom he dedicates his Breviarium Historiae Romanae and where his history 


The Breviarium Historiae Romanae is a complete compendium, in ten books, of 

Roman history from the foundation of the city to the accession of Valens. It was 

compiled with considerable care from the best accessible authorities, and is written

 generally with impartiality, and in a clear and simple style.

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Breviarium Historiae Romanae
Liber VII ad X

This section covers Roman history from the assassination of Julius Caesar until Jovian. 2 hours of audio.

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CHICKERING 'A First Latin Reader' - Roman Historical Topics. (Audio)

This Latin-only reader is based on the sweep of Roman history. 

Despite its title, it is not suitable for a modern beginner, but is of upper-intermediate 


From chapter one it sets off at a handsome trot, in texts of increasing difficulty, starting

 with stories about the founding of Rome, followed by the Roman Kings, then 

Coriolanus, Cincinnatus, Camillus, Manlius Torquatus, Phyrrus, Hannibal, Scipio, the 

Gracchi, Marius, Sulla, Pompeius, Caesar, Cato and finally, a brief description of 

Cicero's life. 

Each chapter is a separate audio file. 5 hours 27 minutes of audio

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Ora Maritima
A Latin Story for Beginners.

The story is set near Dover during the school holidays - and the students take a day's 

hike to a location thought to be Caesar's landing place.

The books is a gentle introduction to ideas contained in Caesar's Gallic War, while 

providing a pleasant story in and of itself.

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Nature Study Reader and Novella. 

4 hours 38 minutes of audio This reader is unique, in having as a strong focus indirect 

discourse - right from the beginning, Reynolds starts to introduce it, with imaginary 

students answering questions on the previous lesson. By the time you reach Caesar,

 the method of presenting reported speech seems natural.

You would get the most out of this book if you had previously studied the Orbis

 Sensualium Pictus, as the first sections deal with science, the universe, nature, etc.

 The second part would be easier if you had listened to Taylor's adapted Caesar text, 

or Lowe's Caesar, if you are a complete beginner.

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Latin Visual Vocabulary 

Originally created in 2007 for my personal use - it is an illustrated vocabulary of over 

3300 items, and has its core source a nineteenth century word list covering a selection

 of topics. This has been supplemented with more modern material drawn from a 

variety of lexical sources. The included image files cover the following topics: army, 

birds, boats, the body , buildings, clothes, Comenius . These image files include 

labelled photos of all body parts - so, please look over this material before use with a 

young student. You can easily delete or move an image elsewhere, or create 

subcategories, once you have downloaded them.

 Turn them into a slideshow as a fun way to learn vocabulary. 

CAESAR (Audio)
The British War Customs of the Gauls
Hamiltonian Version

This audiobook covers:

Caesar's Bello Gallico 

Book 4, chapters 20 -38, 

Book 5, Chapters 8 - 23, 

Book 6, Chapters 12-19.

It covers the two invasions of Britain, and a section discussing the customs of the 

Gauls, which included the Britons.

The text is read phrase by phrase in Latin-English-Latin, with a literal translation that 

makes the Latin grammatical structures clear. Each chapter has its own bilingual audio

 file.The audiobook also contains separate readings in Latin only, in three audio files,

 one for each book. The original edition was by John Taylor, printers to University 

RIPMAN (Audio) Swallowing the Dictionary
Vocabulary arranged by topic.

Over 100 years ago, Walter Ripman, in his 'Handbook of the Latin Language', 

organized Latin vocabulary into domains and subdomains. The noted New Testament 

scholar I. Howard Marshall, noted that Ripman's reference was "an extremely useful 

way of organizing the material for a student learning Latin vocabulary."

This audio version has 50 semantic fields, with sub-fields. It closely follows the 

pioneering work of Ripman. Each word is read in English and Latin. Tens of thousands

 of words are presented - this audio version is intended to be listened to multiple times

 - initially this will be quite tiring, if not bewildering - however, this system will help to 

build your vocabulary rapidly, and, if refreshed on a monthly basis, the words you have

 learned will become consolidated, and new words and idiomatic expressions will 

become engraved in your mind with each subsequent iteration. 

The digital download includes some additional experimental revision audio files in Latin

 only - you might want to put these in a separate folder after download.

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Puer Romanus

A Story for Beginners

Appleton's reader is suitable for a 21st century intermediate student of Latin, although

 even a beginner will benefit from extended oral input in the language.

The reader is in the form of a novella, told from the perspective of a young Brundisian

 boy, called Lucius. This books is justifiably famous - and remains one of a handful of 

such texts ever written.

4 hours 16 minutes of audio

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