Introduction: How to Learn Latin in a Month.
Step 1: Commit
To do this, you must commit part of each day to learn Latin. If you are a slow learner, commit 1-2 hours to this and ask someone to help you.
Step 2: Source
Find a database you can learn from. I used a first year Latin college textbook my mom gave me. If you can't find a book, you can use the computer, iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc.
Step 3: Notes
Take notes on what you have learned. Study them throughout the day.
Step 4: Learn Vocab
Write down and make flashcards over the vocabulary you have learned or have to do with your lesson. Quiz yourself often.
Step 5: Quiz
Have someone quiz you at the end of each week. Add on to the quizzes each week so it covers everything you have learned. At the end of the month have a quiz over everything. If you fail, consider doing another month or two. If you still can't learn try a different language. If you still want to learn Latin, learn the basics of either Italian, French, Spanish, or Portuguese first.
Step 6: Some Advice
As you might've seen already, a commenter Phil B gave the advice of using bibles. Go back and forth from each bible until the words start to make sense. You can also try decoding the words by yourself then seeing how much you got right by looking in the English bible. If you don't want to spend money on buying a Latin Bible you can use the Latin Vulgate Bible online.
8 years ago on Introduction
The biggest problem with that is that it's well, not Classical Latin. Not to
say you won't benefit from studying it, either way it'll enhance your
knowledge, but most people would probably benefit studying strictly
Classical Latin sources if there aim is to say, read Caesar, Cicero,
etc... with that said there's several scans of a Bible in Classical
Latin on Google Books, just search for 'Biblia Sacra ex Sebastiani
Castellionis' and you'll find it. The scans are kinda rough though, I
intend to clean one of the better ones up soon, and maybe even have a go
at typesetting it and making a proper and readable PDF copy. Obviously
it's a fairly big task but hey, nothing worth doing is ever easy. Also
back to the topic at hand, Wheelocks is one of the most commonly used
textbooks but there's also one called 'Latin for Beginners' which has
entered the public domain and it's quite excellent. Generally like many
more modern texts it prepares you to read Caesar, and from Caesar you
can move on to more advanced texts.
9 years ago
I'll add this in! Thank you very much!
9 years ago on Introduction
Most language textbooks include some practice sentences. I always found it helpful to get a Bible in the new language and set it next to an English Bible. Go back and forth between the two until the sentences in the new language begin to make sense when you read them. This takes a while before you have learned enough of the basics and vocabulary to do this. In our time you can find a copy of the Latin Vulgate Bible on-line and make use of it without the cost of buying a copy. I like your emphasis on regular review and practice.