'A Child's First Latin Book' - Religious and Old Testament Themes
Fenton's reader is in the style promoted by the philosopher John Locke, and the printers to University College, London (John Taylor). The Latin is presented grammatically in a word order that approximates the English, making translation into English easier for the complete beginner. This audiobook deals with sacred texts from the Old Testament. The reading is Latin-English-Latin, and repeated again in Latin only. 90 mins
You would get the most out of this book if you had previously studied the Orbis Sensualium Pictus, as the first sections deal with science, the universe, nature, etc. The second part would be easier if you had listened to Taylor's adapted Caesar text, or Lowe's Caesar, if you are a complete beginner. This reader is unique, in having as a strong focus indirect discourse - right from the beginning, Reynolds starts to introduce it, with imaginary students answering questions on the previous lesson. By the time you reach Caesar, the method of presenting reported speech seems natural. This is a delightful audiobook. A beginning student, after studying Comenius, will be able to tackle the first half without problems, and after some preliminary study of Caesar, as suggested, the second half will also make for a pleasant experience. The text can be found at archive.org if you search for 'Reynold's Latin Reader and Nature Study'
Der Kleine Lateiner is essentially a re-write of Comenian material,with much in common with the Orbis Pictus. It is a useful text to use to revise and consolidate the Orbis Sensualium Pictus, as the wording is often slightly different, but the subject matter will be familiar.
Adler's textbook is possibly the most complete Latin Course ever written. Adler's textbook was 'lost' and revived in 2007 by Evan der Millner. This audio presentation, originally produced by Evan for the Latinum Podcast, turns Adler into an immersion experience. It is unique, in focusing on learning the entire structure of Latin grammar through conversation. With over 200 hours of audio, it is the most comprehensive Latin course of its type in existence, and is excellent value for money.
Unlike with most Latin courses, with Adler you don't suddenly get 'stuck' as the textbook. after a few easy chapters. takes a leap forwards. Development is gradual and systematic, although the first couple of lessons do have some difficult grammatical material, the actual examples - where most of your learning takes place - are easy.
Each of the 97 lessons is in 3 parts: ( except for the first four lessons, which follow a slightly different arrangement)
1. Grammar and syntax with extensive paradigms added to the text. The grammar is very detailed, with large numbers of additional paradigms and useful memory clues. Vocabulary is presented in advance of every lesson. 2. Model question-answer conversations in Latin-English-Latin. Here you consolidate your vocabulary, and learn the grammatical structures in use. 3. Slow repetition and fast repetition of the conversational material in Latin only, for review. Once you have mastered section C of any lesson, it is time to move to the next lesson