Word Up! The Vocab Show - Vol 1-3
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Word Up! – Complete Set

(26 customer reviews)

Enjoy all three volumes of WordUp!, a homeschool family favorite vocabulary curriculum that expands your student’s vocabulary in a whole new way!  Dwane Thomas of Visual Latin stars in this entertaining game show which uses the study of Latin and Greek roots to help grasp vocabulary used in literature, science, and standardized tests.  It’s a zany game-show style course sure to make your students laugh.

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Dwane Thomas of Visual Latin fame stars in a zany show teaching Latin and Greek roots, as well as hundreds of English words. Utilizing a new approach to learning, WordUp! seriously expands a student’s grasp of the vocabulary used in literature, science, and standardized tests.


  • 30 Video Lessons (10-15 min each)
  • 60 Latin & Greek Roots
  • 600+ English words
  • Links to Online Vocabulary Flashcards
  • Printable Flashcard PDFs

License: This product is licensed for use by one family. For group, co-op, or school use, each family will need to purchase a copy or purchase licenses for each student. For more information, visit our group license page.

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Dwane Thomas


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8 Hours, 48 Mins

Sample Lessons

Along with the videos, there are quizlet links for each Episode:

Epsiode 1 – Aqua

Episode 1 – Hydra

Along with the videos, there are quizlet links for each Episode:

Epsiode 1 – Phero

Episode 1 – Porto

Along with the videos, there are quizlet links for each Episode:

Epsiode 1 – Primus

Episode 1 – Proto


Volume 1

  1. Water – Aqua & Hydra (15:55)
  2. Write – Scribo & Grapho (13:45)
  3. Earth – Terra & Geo (14:46)
  4. Many – Multus & Poly (11:43)
  5. Place – Ponere & Thesis (19:24)
  6. Time – Tempus & Chronos (17:24)
  7. Good – Bonus & Eu (21:33)
  8. See – Video & Skopeo (19:29)
  9. Throw – Iacere & Ballein (19:12)
  10. City – Urbs & Polis (17:22)

Volume 2

  1. Carry – Porto & Phero (19:51)
  2. Foot – Pedis & Podos (14:25)
  3. Word – Verbum & Logos (15:33)
  4. Light – Lux, Lucere & Phos, Photos (17:30)
  5. Life – Vita & Bios (21:45)
  6. Man – Vir, Homo & Anthropos, Andros (19:18)
  7. Sound – Sonus & Phone (20:32)
  8. Head – Caput & Kephale (18:41)
  9. People – Populus & Demos (15:28)
  10. Across – Trans & Dia (19:59)

Volume 3

  1. First – Primus & Protos (18:47)
  2. Letter – Littera & Gramma (16:03)
  3. Turn – Verto & Trepo (17:20)
  4. Horse – Equus, Caballus & Hippos (17:55)
  5. New – Novus & Neos (19:11)
  6. Power – Potens & Kratos (17:55)
  7. Big – Magnus & Megas (17:53)
  8. Ring – Circum & Kuklos (17:38)
  9. Love – Amo & Philos (16:06)
  10. Fear – Timeo, Trepidus, Terreo & Phobos (16:23)


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26 reviews for Word Up! – Complete Set

  1. Brandy

    A curriculum where our boys are learning vocabulary of their own free will? Yes!! Our boys have thoroughly enjoyed learning hundreds of vocabulary words as a result of this program, and I have grown to love this resource that spurs our children on to laughter – and to learning just for the sake of learning.

  2. Rachel O (verified owner)

    It’s the best material for teasing grammar aged kids into learning ANYTHING (literature, history, English, even science) hands down. This course piques curiosity in knowledge, period. Buy it.

  3. Debra B

    This program is amazing. This is the best vocabulary program I’ve seen. I love the theme approach of using a Latin and Greek root for the same word and exploring derivatives. Even with vocabulary words that are already familiar, the format of looking at the Latin/Greek roots helps to teach how to figure out unfamiliar vocabulary. I particularly like that there are flashcard exercises available to continue to work with the vocab after the video lesson. Dwane Thomas, as usual, makes it so my kids are laughing and learning, so telling them we’re going to do vocabulary isn’t met with groans and “Do we HAVE to?”

  4. Nancy S

    It’s the most personal, memorable and entertaining Latin instruction on the planet. Everyone would want to study Latin if they watched these videos. I love that Dwane always says, ” You are now smarter!” You truly are!

  5. Jami S

    In a few words, it’s an engaging and funny show that turns out to be highly educational. The presentation makes the information stick like glue. Thumbs up!

  6. Wendy P

    My elementary kids absolutely love Dwane’s nonsensical vignettes and they haven’t forgotten a single root he’s taught them!!!

  7. Melissa R


  8. Katie W

    This is the joy of our home school! We use it as a special weekly treat; the kids think Duane Thomas is hilarious, and we find the new words intriguing.

  9. Ariana C

    A fun way to study. When I was in fifth grade, we had to make “cognate cards” – index cards with a Latin or Greek root on one side, and words and definitions with that root on the other. In comparison, this is SUCH an engaging way to teach students vocab words to prepare for tests and improve their writing.

  10. Dachelle M.

    Love it! My daughter loves this. It is funny, engaging and exciting. She also enjoys the Quizlet games after the video.

  11. Cathy

    These are great fun to watch!

  12. Cathy

    Dwane’s teaching style is a cross between lecture and stand-up comedy.

  13. Kristi

    Dwane Thomas, the host of Word Up! (and Visual Latin) is funny and engaging with the kids.

  14. Kristi

    Word Up! The Vocab Show is simple and easy to use. Watch. Quiz. Review as needed.

  15. Marcy

    “We may never get to math. Ben wants to watch “just one more” WordUp video.”

  16. Lisa

    We love Word Up! My boys ask to watch the videos and love to show it to anyone who visits our home. They find Dwayne hysterical and are learning in a super fun way. I love the fact that I can access tests, review, flash cards etc. through quizlett. Can’t wait for the next dvd!

  17. Mary

    We’ve tried WordUp as an entertainment/educational program. As such, the family gets together over popcorn or lunch in front of the big screen TV with the program downloaded on
    our little hard drive, plug it in and enjoy. It is great for laughs while you imbibe the information. Now that’s what I call learning!

  18. Jennifer

    We have been really pleased with Visual Latin and Word Up the Vocab show. The productions are very educational and funny. All my children enjoy them. It covers lots of different types of learners. We have showed them to friends who like them as well. Keep up the great work, we look forward to more great products. Prices are very good.

  19. Becky

    We have thoroughly enjoyed the Word-Up video lessons. My daughter thinks they are very funny, as well as easy to learn. Presentation is excellent and perfect for capturing the attention of pre-teens and teenagers.

  20. Michel

    Refreshing! Very helpful and fun resources that address areas that are beyond my scope of knowledge. As a bonus, my 4 year old will never forget what defenestrate means, nor the potato sack joke.

  21. Cheryl

    Word Up! has been a fun introduction to greek and latin word roots for both my DS grade 4 and my DD grade 7. Both enjoy watching the short videos and following up in the
    quizlet application.

  22. Michele

    Word Up! Is fun and funny as well as educational. the visuals really help in retaining the information. Please make more volumes.

  23. Lynn

    I love WordUp because it is very informative but not dry. It is like a TV show that can be watched over and over again because it’s fun and interesting.

  24. Linda

    Word Up The Vocab Show is so much fun! My kids love it! Learning and having fun at the same time is always a good thing!

  25. Kellye

    We have been using Word Up The Vocab Show for several months now, and it is something we look forward to each week. The videos are so funny, yet not at all cheesy, and my daughters (6th and 8th grade) look forward to us all watching them, sometimes two and three times just to laugh. We then use the quizlet flashcards to review the rest of the week and the girls take their quiz online when they are ready and then print it out! The ease of this program for mommas and the fun and engaging nature of it for the kids makes it a favorite in
    our house!!!

  26. Lora

    My family has loved Word Up! My son actually asks to watch the lessons and loves being able to quiz himself. The videos are well done and we have all enjoyed the on location views. The is a great way to build vocabulary skills.

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