Let’s Learn Latin: What You Will Need.

One of the goals of this blog is to create a community where we can learn Latin, the official language of Our Church, together to promote our Catholic culture throughout the world. 

I took Latin in college and my strongest skill is an understanding of the grammar. If there are any stronger Latin scholars out there please contact me through the comment section, and I will allow you to run this portion of the community. 

Do you need any resources? 

Yes, and no, but mostly yes.

I will provide a few examples through post; however, I encourage everyone to go to Amazon, or wherever you buy books, and purchase Getting Started with Latin by William E. Linney. The book I used in college was created for that specific class and it resembled Wheelock’s Latin textbook which its primary function is to teach Classical Latin. Linney’s book, although it teaches Classical Latin, has great function with starting Ecclesiastical Latin for adult learners. The author breaks down each lesson into small lessons which allows one to memorize easier at a slower pace. The book doesn’t assume that you know advance grammar terminology, and in fact, doesn’t assume you know basic terms like what is a direct object. The best part about the book is that the author provides a website where you can download the pronunciations for Ecclesiastical Latin! 

Tips for Learning: 

When learning Latin you have to do more than just translate the language, remember you want to functionally use this language everyday. So when you translate the Latin into English on a separate sheet of paper, remember to read the Latin out loud, which makes the pronunciation MP3s invaluable and a key to your success. After you complete the translation into English set the paper aside for a few hours or a day. After some time has passed go back and write your translation back into Latin. 

Hopefully we can get enough grounding to work up to text like A Primer of Ecclesiastical Latin By John F. Collins and a work on a few translation from St. Augustine’s Confessions 


  1. It looks like an interesting book. I never had Latin and what little I know is simply from looking at the written words against the translations, praying the Liturgy in Latin and learning our prayers and rosary in Latin. I found a free online Latin course that may help augment one’s vocabulary . . . as I do not know the contents of both sources. Since you know Latin you could take a look and see if you think it might be helpful or not. I suppose it might just get in the way of the lessons being taught

    I do wish someone would redo this book as a computer course with the pronunciations hyperlinked to text: somebody could make some good money by authoring and selling a course like that. Another advantage would be one that other folks may have as well as I do. I have problems reading or studying text for long as my eyes get tired. Computers allow me to enlarge the text and save on eyestrain.

    Anyway, here is the link:

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    1. I will definitely take a look. The genius to me about the Linney book is that it breaks down lessons into small 10 to 20 minute sessions which do not strain the eyes too much.
      It reminds me of how one learns their native language. I point and say, “Dog run.” After awhile Linney gets into the memorization charts, but at that point one should have a good grasp on the material to easily fill them out. Of course, on the collegiate level, they give you the chart and say memorize for the quiz.
      For the purposes of our group, I will attempt to incorporate Church language to use as examples.

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  2. We’re using Shelmerdine in my own class though her primary experience is classical Latin and we mostly have classical Latin. But fortunately, the way the vocabulary is approached is exactly the same.

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    1. Are you taking a class or teaching a class? In my experience from classes, the text books are often geared to move at a fairly fast pace, which is why I’ve really enjoyed Linney’s book.

      One of the desires of doing these post is the ability to allow other Latin students to continue to use Latin with others as a method to keep in practice.


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