Jenneys first year latin textbook
First Year Latin by Charles Jenney Jr.I loved this book as a kid. It is laid out very well has great little distractions: info-boxes, quotes, If You Lived in Ancient Rome... cultural details, fun Speaking and Listening conversations, and geographical descriptions of the remnants of Roman society today. Just a fun book to work from, and its also incredibly thorough. Where else in a First Year Latin book will you be exposed to details such as the internal accusative? Translation Help info boxes also teach you to be a thoughtful reader and translator: think word order doesnt matter? Think again because Tullius rex implies King Tullius while rex Tullius is Tullius while king. The material, while not easy, is presented very intuitively. I love that the first chapter starts you off with nouns (the first declension), whereas Wheelocks starts you off with verbs. The rationale explained much later on is that Latin nouns are very specific whereas verbs are general with many meanings; thus verbs usually come last in a clause because you need the rest of the words to figure out which meaning of the verb to use. I reread this book as an adult and it lived up to all my charming childhood memories of Latin class. The only major flaw I can think of is that the end-of-chapter readings when they try to paraphrase Livy into easier Latin end up introducing some confusing and unclear constructions.
Jenney's First Year Latin Intro
Jenney's First Year Latin
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