Much more difficult than English, French, Spanish or German, Latin is a language with a strong historical, cultural and mythical background.
Despite being a ‘dead’ language it is an important tool to help us understand other languages like French and Spanish.
Latin even provides the roots for own language, with many English words coming from Latin, reading Latin texts can help expand your vocabulary in your own language!
Latin is also the language of institutions in our society like the government, religion and law. By learning Latin you’re not just learning about the past, you’re learning about the present too. The influence of Latin can be seen everywhere in our society and there are many ways to learn.
Of course, you can go down the traditional route of learning Latin with grammar classes, vocabulary lists etc., or instead, you could opt for Latin learning 2.0; online courses.
Organised by professional teachers, these classes give you all the necessary tools to progress your learning. You can even find intensive courses for an express learning!
Through Latin expressions, pronunciation exercises and literature, you’ll progress quickly.
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You can find anything and everything online but be vigilant. Check that the sites you’re using are well referenced.
Read any reviews or comments people have left and do your research to make sure the site is trustworthy.
You’ll find your own favourites but here are a few to get you started:
This site gives you flashcards to start your vocabulary learning and make a list of your first 1000 words.
This interactive site lets you edit your flashcards to include hints. You can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to flip through the cards and click on the card if you want to hear the pronunciation of the word.
You can even print them out so you can keep them as reminders at home.
Using flashcards to learn is a proven method. The act of repetition will make memorising the words more manageable.
With 30 different quizzes and games, this website is a fun way to learn Latin.
Each quiz is rated for its difficulty by other users so you can use it whatever your level. You’ll find subjects ranging from Latin adjectives to Beatles’ song titles in Latin.
See, Latin learning isn’t all about ancient books and history, it can be fun and modern too!
Another fun way to learn is Hungryfrog. This Latin language software lets you learn through various games.
You can play games that have already been made or you can create your own that you then share with others on the website.
You can either download the software onto your laptop or you can just play on the website. The variety of games on Hungryfrog is what makes it different from other sites, there’s something there for everyone.
We’re all spending more and more time on our smartphones, and with their attractive design and easy use, apps rival traditional websites for language learning. With access to thousands of apps on Appstore and on Android we all have a language teacher in our pockets!
However, as you would for websites, make sure the app you’re using is trustworthy. Check the comments left by other users and the ratings the app gets on the App store or Google Play store.
Here are some of our favourites:
Learn Basic Latin
This free app, available to Android users, teaches you the basics of Latin grammar.
Its complete course will teach you the basics of different tenses and conjugations, all for free! This app is great if you are a beginner or you want to refresh your memory on certain grammar points.
Latin Word of the Day
Another free app, this time for iOS users, Latin Word of the Day is a study tool that teaches you, you guessed it, a word a day.
This app is great for expanding your vocabulary when you’re just a beginner. Learning just one word a day is easy and much more manageable than learning lists of words at a time. You’ll be fluent in no time!
Latin Wisdom teaches you Latin through common phrases.
You’ll be taught tons of famous phrases, quotations and sentences that you may have heard before but never known the meaning (and it’s free!).
By the end of the course you’ll be able to translate these phrases and impress your friends with your Latin references!
One more for the Android users. Latin Trainer is a free app that helps you memorise different Latin words.
By the end of the course you’ll be able to translate Latin words to English and you can track your progress through stats on the app so you can see how far you’ve come.
The course takes you through steadily rather than bombarding you with lists of words to memorise. Learning a few words at a time is manageable and you’ll build up your vocabulary in no time.
Learning with a friend can help you progress quicker (Source: visualhunt.com)
The new trend in language learning in the past couple of years has been exchanging one on one with other people online.
People are using social networks to exchange with others or to find conversation classes in their area.
Social networks and forums for tips and experiences
Find fellow Latin students to talk to, or even Italian and Spanish speakers. Remember, Latin is the base of these languages so hearing them can help you progress. With Facebook or language forums you can exchange your Latin lessons, find study tips and just encourage your fellow students!
Knowing you’re not alone in learning Latin can provide a huge comfort. You can share your struggles with others or you can talk about why you’re learning Latin. You’ll gain insight from many different people and you might learn something from them!
Used more and more in classrooms, video classes allow you to connect with people not in the room. This support is used a lot in classes and can help you connect with a Latin teacher if you can’t find someone in your area.
Learning one on one with a teacher, even via video, has many benefits. Unlike in a group class, in a private lesson everything is adapted to your level and your goals. If you find something particularly difficult you can repeat exercises with your tutor until you get it. You can change the lessons depending on your goals to focus more on speaking or on grammar for example.
Learning one on one can give you a confidence boost too. Having the time to go over grammar points or pronunciation you’ll be sure that you’ve got it right. You’ll have the freedom to ask any question you want no matter how simple you think it is. Your teacher wants you to succeed and will have the knowledge to help so make the most of your time with them.
Check out Superprof to find a Latin teacher near you!