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"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!" - Linda
"My family has loved Word Up! My son actually asks to watch the lessons and loves being able to quiz himself... This is a great way to build vocabulary skills." - Lora

Word Up! – Vol. 1

(15 customer reviews)

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.

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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.


  • 10 Video Lessons (12-15 min each)
  • 20 Latin & Greek Roots
  • 200+ English words
  • Links to Online Vocabulary Flashcards
  • Printable Flashcard PDFs

License: This product is licensed for use by one family.

Additional information








Dwane Thomas

Video Runtime

2 Hours, 50 Mins


DVD, Download, Streaming

Sample Lessons


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

Epsiode 1 – Aqua

Episode 1 – Hydra

Try More Sample Lessons


  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)


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How to Teach Word Up!: Don’t know where to begin with this product (or need a refresher)? Try our brief jumpstart guide to see how all the pieces fit together.

Visual Latin Resources: Additional links, videos, and games you can use to supplement the curriculum. Best of all, they’re free!

15 reviews for Word Up! – Vol. 1

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    Jessica C

    By far the best. I bought all the videos. My kids request them. All kids watch for fun as well as learning. My husband is pleased as well.

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    Elizabeth M

    Kids LOVE watching we do it just for fun when bored.

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    Corlia J

    Our favorite course by far! We love the presenter’s sense of humor and it is great to learn the root of the words. English is our second language and it really comes alive for us with this course.

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    Candous L

    Hilarious! My kids couldn’t get enough. It’s filled with humor, so much so that my littles used to sit down to watch with their older siblings. I’m glad they added two more!!

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    Rachel O

    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.

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    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?”

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    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!

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    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!

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    Wendy P (verified owner)

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

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    Katie W (verified owner)

    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.

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    Wyoming Mom (verified owner)

    Fun! Short and sweet! Enlightening in an educational way. My teens loved it. Hope the next one is coming soon. Highly recommended.

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    Erin Castillo (verified owner)

    I have two 10th graders and a 7th grader (all boys) and they LOVE to watch WordUp! We even re-watch the episodes and they continue to enjoy them. Dwayne’s humor and visual cues/examples help the meanings “stick” and we are hoping he does another! Email us if he does and I will purchase the next one! Highly recommend this to all my homeschooling friends…

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    Paula Lee Bright

    What an outstanding program for upper elementary through high school! My kids are constantly bargaining with me for this class instead of _________. It’s a real conundrum, because…we’re going to be out of lessons far too soon!

    We can’t wait for the next part of the (I hope) ongoing series.

    Fantastic teacher!

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    Cathy Duffy

    This course bears no resemblance to other courses teaching Latin and Greek roots! Dwane’s teaching style is a cross between lecture and stand-up comedy…These are great fun to watch!”

    – Read full review here: http://cathyduffyreviews.com/spelling-vocabulary/WordUp.html

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