Comenius' Rudimenta Grammaticae & Grammatica Janualis

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Comenii - 'Rudimenta Grammaticae' et 'Grammatica Janualis'.

Scopus classis vestibularis est ad Januam latinitatis tirones praeparare, et per hanc in atrium Latinitatis ingrediendum, cujus praeparationis septem sunt veluti gradus: Latina omnia legere posse prompte, sine hesitatione ulla. Pronuntiare omnia recte, et articulate, scribere, manu prompta, ediscere linguae latinae radices, addiscere his respondentes voces vernaculas, declinare et conjugare omnia analoga accurate.
Rud. Gram. & G. Janualis 

1 comment:

  1. Evan,

    DVD purchased, loaded on to my iPod, enjoyed. Again, thanks.


    Comenius wrote grammars and lexicons to accompany his Vestibulum, Janua, and Atrium of the Latin language. On the DVD Evan has just made available (at a negligible price) at the LATINUM store, he has recorded the Rudimenta Grammaticae (the grammar attached to the Vestibulum), and the entire Grammatica Janualis (in early 2010 he had recorded on the now defunct LATINUM podcast the Rudimenta Grammaticae and the first five only of the fifteen chapters of the Grammatica Janualis). In his email below he promises to provide, for the very first time, the Grammatica Elegans, the grammar that serves as a prelude to the Atrium, which will complete the set.

    (Comenius renders the Janua's content in strictly unadorned Latin. The Atrium repeats this content with style. The Grammatica Elegans teaches you the fundamental precepts of style (variation, to achieve different effects). Comenius: "Grammatica elegans, est eleganter loquendi ars. Eleganter loqui, est animi sensa aliter, quam Sermonis nativi leges requirunt, eloqui: et tamen intelligi suavius, quam intelligeremur, si Sermonis ductu nativo uteremer.")

    Of what benefit is this? Here are some of the things I at least get from the Comenian grammars.

    Comenius's "grammars" are not intended nor written as reference grammars. They are interactive, in the sense that they are presented as a dialog between Comenius and yourself (the pupil). They are not at all dull reading, if you read them, preferably aloud, as a conversation between yourself and Comenius. (See Evan's fascinating blog on the ancient roots of this dialog style of teaching language.) IMHO, Evan's readings do a great and playful job of conveying this sense of dialog
    You learn to understand, to think about and to talk about Latin grammar in Latin - way beyond just learning Latin grammatical terms
    Yes, the Rudimenta, as you might figure, is a straightforward presentation of the basics, noun declensions, verb conjugations, etc. But the concept of "grammar" takes on a much more sophisticated, and entertaining, aspect as you go through the Grammatica Janualis and finally the Grammatica elegans. You learn nuances; if you already known them, they are reinforced in Latin and often entertainingly. E.g., I've long since memorized my regular and irregular verbs and am well aware that some verbs form their active perfects by duplicating the stem (mordeo, momordi). But I had a lot of fun, and I dare say my Latinitas improved.