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Latin Readers

Some of the great older Latin primers now in the public domain.

Bibles in Latin

Find the Latin Vulgate in various formats.

Films in Latin

Watch a film in Latin to practice your skills.

Latin Audio

Listen to various texts read in Latin.

Games & Activities

Latin games and activities from around the web.

Visual Latin FAQs

Wow, you finished all of Visual Latin 1 & 2?!  Well done!  Here is what Dwane Thomas recommends after Visual Latin:

“After you finish Visual Latin, read  Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg.  You will not regret it.  Visual Latin will give you the grammar you need to read the book.   Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg will give you the vocabulary you need to read nearly any Latin 2 course. 
There is nothing quite like  Lingua Latina.  It is a novel, written completely in Latin.  Starting with the very basics, it advances quickly into very challenging Latin.  By the end of the book, students are reading sections of the New Testament in Latin.  The book teaches about 2,000 Latin words.  Henle Latin 1, on the other hand, teaches about 500 Latin words.  That is really not much vocabulary.  Certainly, it is not enough to open many Latin doors. 
My recommendation after Visual Latin?  Read  Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg.  It will prepare you for almost anything.”

It’s very possible to use Henle Latin with Visual Latin.  We actually made a guide to show how the lesson topics line up.  You can download that here.

It’s very possible to use Lingua Latina along with Visual Latin. We even made a guide to show you how the lessons line up!  Download it here.

No, we do not have vocab lists available for Visual Latin 2.  This is by design, because of the increase in vocabulary that is used.  Dwane recommends that students graduate to a Latin dictionary or use the free website, Whitaker’s Words

Visual Latin uses Ecclesiastical pronunciation.  But, honestly, there is little difference between the two pronunciations.  I created a video on this topic some time ago.  Here it is: https://youtu.be/Wh-QorH3Fi4

I’ve also written extensively about this topic in my ebook, Via: Latin for the Lost.
I learned the restored “classical” pronunciation when I was teaching myself Latin.  As soon as I discovered the audio Bible in Latin I switched to Ecclesiastical pronunciation and have never looked back.  
As for a version of the Bible in the restored “classical” pronunciation, I’ve not been able to find one.  In fact, I can find almost no free recordings of any books in the restored pronunciation.  Another wonderful reason to abandon that pronunciation, in my opinion.

Visual Latin is more designed for middle school students.  It is designed to help Latin students with any Latin curriculum.  So many Latin courses are based on books.  They can be quite dull.  We designed Visual Latin to take some of the pain out of learning Latin.  The series can be used with any Latin book, including Henle Latin.  

I always recommend Visual Latin first.  Then, if students want more, I recommend Lingua Latina.  I only recommend First Year Latin by Robert Henle for those in Classical Conversations.  There is a teaching guide for those using Visual Latin to work their way through Henle Latin.  Here it is: https://www.compassclassroom.com/henle-latin-teaching-guide-pdf

Answer provided by Dwane Thomas:

“There is nothing at all wrong with memorizing all of the Latin endings.  Some of my best students are from the Classical Conversation world.  They have most of the Latin endings memorized.  

However, it is a bit strange to meet students with all of the Latin endings memorized who cannot read in Latin.  I run into that often.  It’s odd.  If you memorized the technical manual to your car, it would be impressive.  But, it would be strange if you had memorized the manual, and could rattle off the names of every gadget under the hood, but still did not know how to drive.  

In all of my classes, I flip the order.  I have students start reading in Latin.  We learn the endings as we go.  Some students memorize the endings, some don’t.  As we read, they all end up learning the endings in the end.

Instead of memorizing the endings, I would recommend more reading.  

Read Lingua Latina.  Read Cornelia.  Here is a reading list from my book, Via:

For Beginners:

1.  Cornelia by Mima Maxey

2.  Carolus et Maria by Marjorie Fay

3.  Julia by Maud Reed

4. Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg

For Intermediates:

1. Ora Maritima by E. A. Sonnenschein

2. Fabilae Faciles by Francis Ritchie

3. De America, by Herbert Nutting

4. Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg

5. Viri Romae by Charles Llomond

For more advanced students:

1. Gospel of Matthew by St. Matthew

2. Roma Aeterna by Hans Orberg

When you have finished this list, visit the Latin Library.com.  There you will find more Latin than you will ever read… and it’s all free.

If you do decide to memorize the endings (and it does not hurt to do so), I have a series on YouTube that may help: https://dwanethomas.com/memorize-latin/

And finally, I think the easiest thing you can do is simply keep the endings nearby as you read.  I have compiled all the Latin endings in one location.  Originally, this was going to be a Folder for my students, but, it never made it.  Since it was going to be a folder, I condensed all of the endings into four pages.  Print it out and keep it nearby as you work.  When you get stuck, simply refer to the charts.  Find the ending you need and compare it to what you are reading.  It will take time and practice, but it will come.   

Here are the charts: https://dwanethomas.com/downloads/latin-charts/

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