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Latin [Lingua latīna]

Latin was a language spoken throughout the Roman Empire. It is the language from which a number of Romance languages including Italian, Spanish and French are said to be derived. It has also supplied a significant number of words to other languages such as English. At this time Latin is primarily used by the Roman Catholic Church and to some extent in areas such as law, science and education.

The Latin alphabet is the world’s most widely used. It’s greatest impact may be through the use of vocabulary and terminology for ideas.

This page gives access to online courses, Latin/English/Latin dictionaries, cultural information, grammar, vocabulary, history of Latin, podcasts & blogs, free and fee-based software, other resources and information.

Courses/Tutorials

Language Courses

Free

  • Experience Latin
    2 years of lessons. Done by a Catholic priest. PDF files for the experiences. Each section broken into lesson components. Notes and worksheets included. You should also check his Latin Links and Resources page for the list of connections.
  • Latin
    ‘This is an elementary Latin course accompanied with a detailed grammar’. Wikibooks.
  • Learn Latin Online Free
    Beginner’s Course, Grammar, Grammar explanations, more.
  • Linney’s Latin Class
    ‘A free online Latin class provided as service/ministry to the homeschooled and self-taught communities’.
  • Schola Latina Universalis
    ‘A free, 2 year, online course for learning Latin [the Textbook is not free]’.
  • Sprachprofi
    Lessons, grammatical information, readings, information on learning the language.
  • The London Latin Course
    ‘Learn Latin from the ground up. This is a serial course, structured to bring you to a high level of Latin fluency. The pace is slow and unhurried. Suitable for all ability levels’.

Fee-based

  • Carmenta Online Latin Course
    ‘Offers live audio/video Skype classes and tutoring in Latin by world-class PhD instructors. With its small classes and focus on frequent conversation in the Latin language, it has an excellent record of producing top learning outcomes’.
  • Latinum
    Latin Immersion Course. Done using a podcast format. Check instructions provided.
  • YouTube Index - Latinum
    An extensive listing of courses available through this site.

Tutorials

  • Beginners Latin
    ‘This tutorial is a beginners’ guide to the Latin used in documents between 1086 and 1733. It is the first online tutorial to help you learn the Latin from this period’. UK National Archives. Or try their Advanced Latin tutorial, which is a ‘a step-by-step online tutorial with 12 lessons to teach medieval Latin to an advanced level’.
  • Latin Tutorial
    A series of videos on specific topics.
  • Tutorials [NovaRoma]
    A small list of annotated links to specific tutorials.

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Language Tools

Alphabets

Videos

Dictionaries

Software

Apps

  • Latin Builder
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Presents three works of Latin literature in increasing difficulties. Each story is broken up into individual words, and it’s your job to drag the words around to build up the correct sentence’.
  • Latin Helper
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Can be used by anybody who wishes to decline nouns, look up some common irregular verbs, conjugate verbs, or form some adjectives’.
  • LP Latin
    Android, Not Free. ‘Drills you on Latin vocabulary and grammar, through a continuous multiple-choice test that’s instantly available wherever you have your phone and a free moment’.
  • SPQR Latin Dictionary and Reader
    Apple, Not Free. ‘Most comprehensive Latin dictionary on the App Store, Latin texts with English translations, grammar tester, flashcards, quiz, numeral converter, quotes, language learning tools and more’. Also available for Android.

Free Software

  • Latin Dictionary
    ‘A complete Lewis & Short for Windows. It is a free standalone program, reasonably fast on any modern PC and best of all the definitions and the Latin quotes are colour-coded’.
  • QuickLatin
    ‘Helps you translate Latin into English. It has dictionary and parsing capabilities, plus some sentence-handling abilities’.

Other Sites

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Language Usage

Grammar

Vocabulary

Other Sites

  • Grammar & Vocabulary Help
    Online and PDF presentations on very specific aspects of grammar. Links to other sources.
  • GuideAll Latin Language
    Links to a variety of Latin sites.
  • Latin4Band8
    Extensive listing of briefly annotated links covering a range of resources for the study of Latin.
  • Latine Discere
    Study Guides for Oxford Latin. PDF pages, which can be broken down into flashcards.
  • Latin Handouts
    Grammar, Vocabulary, readings, more.
  • Latin Pages
    ‘Latin grammar, dictionaries, authors, expressions, etymology, textbooks, and more’.
  • LatinTests.net
    ‘Online resource for Latin learners and lovers. Our comprehensive and interactive quizzes will help you learn, and retain, Latin grammar and vocabulary’.

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Other Information

Other Sites

  • Ephemeris
    ‘News in Classical Latin [text and audio recordings]’.
  • Latin
    Legacy, history, language characteristics, pronunciation, grammar, contemporary use, instruction, references, links. Wikipedia.
  • Latin Language
    ‘Here you’ll find some useful resources to help you to understand the Latin Language better’.
  • Latin Language and Literature
    Annotated links to both aspects.
  • Latin Language and Literature Resources
    ‘Wheelock’s Latin, Oxford Latin Course, On-Line Dictionaries, English Grammar, Latin Resource Pages, Grammar and Drills, Pronunciation Help, Teaching Resources, Other, Texts and Readings, Manuscripts’. University of Connecticut.
  • latin Links
    Oxford University Language Centre. Useful Links, Language Resources, Texts, Culture .
  • Latin Quotes, Mottos and Words of Wisdom
    ‘Many Latin expressions are used in books and in everyday English speech, and you will certainly find most those phrases listed and translated on my site’
  • Latin Teaching Materials
    St. Louis University. Individual pages already included. Everything from Latin Praxis to Advice for learning Vocabulary.
  • Learn Latin
    ‘Listed is Textkit’s entire collection of Latin [resources]. All are available for full and free download in PDF format’.Check their Forum as well.
  • Nuntii Latini
    The only weekly news show done completely in Classical Latin. From Finland.
  • The Latin Library
    54 sections covering texts from Apuleius to Vergil [sic] and the Medieval period on.
  • Wikijunior : Languages - Latin
    Writing system used, how many people speak the language, where it is spoken, the history of the language, some famous authors or poets using the language, basic words in the language, a song/poem/story to learn in this language.

Podcasts, Blogs, Video Broadcasts

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