501 Latin Verbs Fully Conjugated in All the Tenses

Book cover: '501 Latin Verbs Fully Conjugated in All the Tenses'
Richard Prior
Joseph Wohlberg

This is a dream come true for teachers, like myself, struggling to keep up with a group of teenagers studying Latin. Quite simply the book devotes one page to each of 501 verbs. Each verb has all of its endings written out completely and includes the four principle parts. Some notes at the bottom of each page offer "compound and related words", "alternate forms", "usage notes", and a model Latin sentence using the word. (These are written by famous authors of old!) The format is very user-friendly and easy to read. The verbs are arranged alphabetically in Latin.

Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency

Book cover: 'Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency: Phrase Book and Dictionary'
John C. Traupman

Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency (Third edition) is a beefy, but easy-to-use supplement for Latin teachers and older Latin students.. Each of the twenty-five chapters tackles a particular subject matter; providing Latin and English conversations on three different difficulty levels and an extensive list of topical vocabulary and related phrases (some chapters also include suggested classroom activities and additional notes).

Latine Cantemus

Book cover: 'Latine Cantemus'
Franz Schlosser

This is a fun collection of popular and traditional songs translated in Latin. It's a nice exercise for Latin class to practice pronunciation and gain a little cultural literacy to do some of this kind of singing in class. You'll a wide variety of songs, including: Old MacDonald Had a Farm, Happy Birthday, Amazing Grace, My Bonnie, The Star Spangled Banner, Good Night Ladies, Lots of Christmas Carols and a section of Gregorian Chant. With the exception of the 20 page Gregorian Chant segment (which includes the traditional Chant notation), only words are included and no musical notations.

Easy Latin Crossword Puzzles: Quid Pro Quo

Book cover: 'Easy Latin Crossword Puzzles: Quid Pro Quo'
Betty Wallace Robinett
Virginia French Allen

This will make a fun supplement to students in upper grade school or high school who have already studied Latin for a year or two. The words are fairly simple (requiring both English to Latin and Latin to English translations). One feature that makes it quite accessible is a list of words from which to choose the correct word. There are 50 crosswords in all, plus a complete answer key, and a brief introduction to Roman numerals, some common Latin abbreviations in use today and a list of the Latin mottoes of 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Lingua Angelica

Book cover: 'Lingua Angelica: Christian Latin Reading Course'
Cheryl Lowe

There are several components of this Latin/Music Appreciation Program. Materials may be purchased individually or in sets, depending on where you purchase them from.

Latin for Beginners (Passport's Language Guides

Book cover: 'Latin for Beginners (Passport's Language Guides'
Angela Wilkes

In the typical Usborne style, this book offers lots and lots of cartoon-like pictures with Latin dialogue and descriptions and quite a bit of grammar and other tidbits along the way. The pictures are a little goofy (I think they use the same pictures for all the different languages they have out in this series), but the book is packed with content (particularly for the price). This might make an especially nice supplement for grade school students studying Latina Christiana or another early Latin text.

Who Loves Me? / Quis me amat?

Book cover: 'Who Loves Me?/Quis me amat?: An I Am Reading Latin Book'
Marie Carducci Bolchazy

This book introduces names of family members - mother, father, sister, brother, grandfather, grandmother, fraternal and paternal aunt and uncle, cousins and God - through the eyes of a baby. I liked how small details on some of the pictures - like the words on a T-shirt - are written in Latin (and the translations are included in the back along with the rest of the text). The text is charming, but these pictures are a bit on the "goofy" side (very cartoon like and some weird proportions).

What Will I Eat?/Quid Edam?

Book cover: 'What Will I Eat?/Quid Edam?: An I Am Reading Latin Book'
Marie Carducci Bolchazy

Lots of silly black-and-white pictures (which will likely appeal to certain funny-bones) and simple text introduce readers to the Latin words for many types of food. You'll find a monster eating pizza, a cow suggesting pork instead of beef, a hot dog enjoying a soda and... lots of good Latin content. Not my favorite book in this series, but perhaps not a bad way to introduce young children to some relevant Latin vocabulary.

What Color Is It?/Quo colore est?

Book cover: 'What Color Is It?/Quo colore est?: An I Am Reading Latin Book'
Marie Carducci Bolchazy

This title offers charming, child-friendly pen-and-ink illustrations to introduce the colors (in Latin) to young children. The text is quite a bit more complex than How Many Animals? Quot Animalia?, but would provide a good opportunity for young Latin scholars to practice their pronunciation by reading the book aloud to a younger sibling. Since the topic is "colors", I think this book will be best enjoyed if an artist in the family colors in the illustrations first. Translations and glossary are in the back.

How Many Animals?/Quot Animalia?

Book cover: 'How Many Animals?/Quot Animalia?: An I Am Reading Latin Book'
Marie Carducci Bolchazy

What a great idea - simple Latin readers to introduce young children to the language. Big pictures are paired with large, clear print, just like an English easy-reader. This first book in the series is a simple picture book with very nicely drawn, realistic pen and ink illustrations. The format allows readers to intuitively figure out what some basic words mean by connecting them with the pictures. The text introduces 13 types of animals, offering each Latin word in the singular and plural.


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