“I will say at once, quite firmly, that the best grounding for education is the Latin grammar. I say this, not because Latin is traditional and medieval, but simply because even a rudimentary knowledge of Latin cuts down the labor and pains of learning almost any other subject by at least 50 percent. It is the key to vocabulary and structure of all the Romance languages and to the structure of all the Teutonic languages, as well as to the technical vocabulary of all the sciences and to the literature of the Mediterranean civilization, together with all its historical documents.”
~ Dorothy Sayers, essay “Lost Tools of Learning”
“Hardly any lawful price would seem to me too high for what I have gained by being made to learn Latin and Greek.” ~ C.S. Lewis
I whole-heartily agree with C.S. Lewis. After high school, I found I needed to memorize Latin and Greek root words to make sense of and conquer my most common spelling errors. A fabulous side effect was an exponentially larger vocabulary! I can’t adequately describe to you the joy I get from hearing a word I have never known, yet, knowing what it means! Over half of the English language has Greek or Latin origins. To memorize one root word is to understand the meaning of over a hundred words. C.S. Lewis is so right!
In September 2013, I began compiling flashcard sets on Quizlet. I am currently searching for the best and most complete sets of Latin and Greek root words. What I am finding is sufficient for spelling and vocabulary. Here are the resources I use most frequently:
- http://quizlet.com/Hemet_Sonshine – My flashcard sets are kept here.
- http://www.myvocabulary.com –
- http://wordinfo.info – This is my favorite Latin and Greek dictionary because it has words grouped by family-word units. I find it extremely helpful that it states how many word units it has (3660). To make this list into curriculum, I would divide 3660 by a 36-week school year. This works out to about 100 words a week. My son would not appreciate that long of a list so I would split the list to 25 words per week for (4) 36-week school years.
The following are additional resources:
- http://www.eudict.com/?lang=lateng&word=a – EUdict Latin-English dictionary
- http://dynamo.dictionary.com/43040/essential-latin-roots-para- – Essential Latin Roots: Para- | Word Dynamo
RESOURCES FOR GREEK AND LATIN
For language learning, I like having multiple sites to refer to even if they are covering many of the same words. This way I can pick words from one site and drop them into whatever format I like.
- firstname.lastname@example.org – Brooke Ganske offers lessons in Temecula.
- http://www.myvocabulary.com – a free resource used in over 25,000 schools to enhance vocabulary mastery & written/verbal skills with Latin and Greek roots.
- http://www.palosverdes.com/jesse/pvphs/www-freecollege-com-vocab.htm – 100 most common Latin and Greek roots figure in more than 5,000 English derivatives
- http://www.textkit.com – Textkit | Greek and Latin Learning Tools
- http://latinteach.com/Site/RESOURCES/Entries/2008/5/28_Latin_Quizzes_and_Games.html – Latin Teach – Quizzes and Games
- http://headventureland.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&layout=category&task=category&id=3&Itemid=113 – Latin games
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Greek_and_Latin_roots_in_English – List of Greek and Latin roots in English – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- http://spellsuccess2u.blogspot.com/2011/02/latin-words-in-spell-it-word-patterns.html – Spell Success: Latin Words in Spell It – Word Patterns
- http://www.avko.org/free/instructional/roots.htm – Latin and Greek Roots – The Patterns of English Spelling by AVKO
- http://www.cram.com/cards/word-of-the-daysemester-one-322213 – 80 Latin terms
- http://www.cram.com/cards/latin-101a-212406 –
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oWWOJW3948 – The Latin Alphabet – Consonant Pronunciation
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwtgvwJljto&feature=fvwrel – The Latin Alphabet – Vowel Pronunciation
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47u6IJ2GVdM&feature=related – Harvard’s Latin Salutatory Address, 2007 – This is just for fun and inspiration.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns0Do6b5x44&list=PL6A7AD85570068973&index=1&feature=plpp_video – Technical Books in Latin
- http://www.blueletterbible.org – Vulgate is a late 4th-century Latin translation of the Bible that you can hear here.
- http://headventureland.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=117:forgotten-fairy-tales-three-little-pigs&Itemid=112 0 – Book: Latin for Children, Primer A • Age: Elementary – A father energetically, but forgetfully, recounts to his son the classic tale of the three little pigs.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jECkzkmH5Xk&feature=related – Latin Phrases Every Boy Should Know
- http://www.studystack.com/users/AMarc-Charles and http://www.amazon.com/Prima-Latina-Full-Set/dp/B000YJ6SEY- Prima Latina Lessons – not- free – Prima is geared for grades 3rd and up.
I am just beginning my search for the best Latin grammar program. Teaching Latin has gone on long before I was born so I expect to find many FREE resources from folks like me that like to share. Making flashcards is a very time-consuming task, but is well worth the effort. My son is doing very well with memorizing facts from the flashcards I made on Quizlet. To save time I looked for the program that offered the most complete flashcards and grammar. Wheelock’s Latin seems to be the winner so I keeping what I have learned about Wheelock’s Latin here.
- http://www.amazon.com/Wheelocks-Latin-7th-Edition-Series/dp/0061997226 and http://wheelockslatin.com/companion_curriculum.html and http://www.cram.com/tag/wheelocks-latin – not free – Some comments are that the new addition is probably overwhelmingly be too much info. I can do just fine with the less expensive used text.
- http://www.classicalconversationsbooks.com/helafiye.html – recommended by Classical Conversations
- http://www.visuallatin.com – Visual Latin – not free – highly recommended by friends
- http://www.livelylatin.com/site/index.php – not free – Why Study Latin?
RESOURCES FOR GREEK
- http://www.amazon.com/Lexical-Aids-Students-Testament-Greek/dp/0801021804 – Lexical Aids for Students of New Testament Greek by Bruce M. Metzger – A standard Greek reference tool allowing students to learn vocabulary quickly by listing words according to their frequency of use in the New Testament. – I recommend buying this resource.
- http://www.scribd.com/doc/61651103/Lexical-Aids-for-Students-of-New-Testament-Greek-Bruce-Metzger – FREE download
I read that the value of learning Esperanto before learning other languages is that it takes far less time to learn than natural languages due to its lack of irregularities; 80% of it is derived from Latin; it is spoken all over the world; and fellow Esperanto speakers are happy to help facilitate the learning of their native language. Well doesn’t that sound fun?
- Check back. I will add more resources here when I have time to read more about this.
RESOURCES FOR MULTIPLE LANGUAGES
- https://conjuguemos.com – an online workbook for learning languages (Latin, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese). Users can make their own lists.
- http://www.byki.com – Byki Language-Learning Software
- http://fsi-language-courses.org/Content.php – U.S. Foreign Service Institute
- http://sites.google.com/site/soyouwanttolearnalanguage/podcasts – Podcasts
- http://rivlib.info/riverside-county-library-system/weblinks – Aurolog
- http://www.hemetpubliclibrary.org – Mango
- http://www.actfl.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3392 – The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tSD49zRZxg – Genesis story told in ancient Chinese characters
- For additional foreign language resources, see FREE digital flashcards and FREE online classes offered at ALL SUBJECTS under LEARNING LINKS.
RESOURCES FOR SPANISH
- Debbie.Merriman@gmail.com – Debbie Merriman offers lessons in Hemet.
- http://www.speekee.co.uk/online.php – Speekee TV: the easy way for children to learn Spanish – FREE 2-week subscription
RESOURCES FOR AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
- http://lifeprint.com/asl101/lessons/lessons.htm – ASL University- A free online course for this school year. lessons, quizzes, tests, vocabulary, and he’s really, really a good teacher!
- http://www.signingsavvy.com – ASL video dictionary
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ianCxd71xIo – “100 Basic Signs” – Bill Vicars – May 15, 2013
- http://www.youtube.com/user/SigningTime – Signing Time videos
- Signing Time video series is available at our local library.
- http://www.aslpro.com – a free resource for ASL teachers and learners
- 412 Church (formerly known as Calvary Chapel San Jacinto) offers FREE ASL classes for ages 14+. The classes are from September to November and January to May on Mondays 6 pm to 8:30 pm.
- Calvary Chapel Hemet offers a monthly potluck hosted by their deaf members. I cannot say enough about this wonderful group. They are so welcoming to us non-deaf folks, that my son wants to learn sign language.
UPDATE AS OF SEPTEMBER 2014
I will be updating this post with additional Latin resources. Meanwhile, I want to let you know that my son and I are currently enrolled in ASL at 412 Church. We are enjoying this class very much and highly recommend it. The last change to join this class for this year is on Monday, September 29th. Homework for the first week is to learn the ASL alphabet and numbers 1-20, and also signing the first 1:40 minutes of a song. The following are resources that our teacher has recommended:
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjkNA3VVYKU#t=107 – This the song we are currently learning. This is also our instructor Tony Good.