On Learning Latin

How to learn Latin on your own.

First things first

This video will show you the pages from the first chapter of Familia Romana and let you hear what classical Latin should sound like. You should be able to understand all of the Latin and you'll probably feel empowered.

If you enjoy it, buy the following:

These two books are the most important. The textbook is the basis of everything and Colloquia Personarum gives you extra practice with recently learned vocabulary and grammar as well as filling in the story of characters in the main text.

When you start struggling, buy the following:

These books aren't required but they enhance your learning experience. The glossary is great for figuring out what more esoteric words mean. The grammar book is a helpful reference to all the different forms you'll encounter. The exercises are helpful for reinforcing what you learn and the teacher's materials are the only way to check if you actually got the right answers. I waited too long to buy these four books and I regretted not buying them sooner.

If you hit chapter 20 and are still enjoying it, buy:

Colloquia Personarum runs out after chapter 24, so if you want more practice in that style, buy Fabulae Syrae.