The classic, single–volume introductory Latin textbook, introduced in 1956 and still the bestselling and most highly regarded textbook of its kind. Wheelock's Latin, sixth edition, revised, has all the features that have made it the best&n
Frederic M. Wheelock
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I needed to cram one year of Latin into four months, so I jump started my self-teaching program with two easy books, (one for home-schoolers, one a high school standard text) and these propelled me forward -- fast. Couldn't wait for Wheelock's to arrive, and was disappointed in its clunky-ness and overall lack-of-flow. I understand that it's old school, had its beginnings post WWII, but I'm actually a Baby Boomer and relate well to traditional methods ... this wasn't it, at least not for me. And I'm almost fluent in Italian, (which shares much vocab with Latin,) yet quick word acquisition didn't smooth the Wheelock process.
I'm enjoying the dated high sch textbook, Ecce Romani. It follows an elite Roman family through dramatic episodes and creates suspense as to what will happen next. Ancient authors are integrated into each chapter's exercises, and it's more user-friendly. Smoother. I'll stick with the Wheelock's only because I know the translations are likely to show up...
This is THE book to learn Latin. The exercises in the back are excellent and even when you advance your education, the book functions wonderfully as a refresher and a reference guild. I tutored with this book for three years and would recommend it to anyone looking to learn Latin efficiently, with clever and entertaining examples. Freshness and captivation rarely occur in Latin texts, but this book easily captures the fun nature of the language. This book will stay on my bookshelf as long as I live.
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