Lingua Latina per se Illustrata has ratings and 48 reviews. Hans Henning Ørberg The late Orberg is to be commended for doing such a good job!. Lingva Latina. Per Se Illvstrata. by Hans H. Ørberg, is a Latin course written entirely in Latin. It consists of two parts, Familia Romana, the fundamental course, . Lingua Latina – Familia Romana by Hans Henning Orberg, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Lingua Latina per se Illustrata: Entirely composed in Latin, Part I, Familia Romana, provides an excellent introduction to Latin, including the essentials of Latin grammar and a basic vocabulary of over words. The thirty-five chapters describe the life of a Roman family in the 2nd century A.

Each chapter is divided into two or three lectiones lessons of a couple pages each followed by a grammar section, Grammatica Latina, and three exercises or Pensa.

The book includes a table of inflections, a Roman calendar, and a word index, Index vocabulorum. Paperbackpages.

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Sep 09, Nina-Alexa rated it it was amazing. Nov 17, Keegan rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think LL is excellent. It got even better when I saw how other people were using it online. I read LL after having done an intensive 2-month course with Wheelock’s Latin, so I was extremely well-prepped in the grammar and could focus on what LL really offers: Training myself to read Latin fluently, left-to-right, as opposed to the “decoding” method instilled by grammar-heavy courses. It got me excited about learning Latin out of a legitimate love for the language, not just as a par I roberg LL is excellent.

It got me excited about learning Latin out of a legitimate love for the language, not just as a part of a classical education in the abstract, and I was able to begin appreciating the nuances that are utterly lost when one decodes instead of reads. I’m hsns tackling the second book in the series, which quickly shifts into unadapted texts, which is pretty damn exciting. My advice for both of these: Take it slow, do the exercises, reread each chapter, make sure you know the grammar at each lingia.

It’s much better than having to flip to the back all the time. Mar 12, Philip rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is an amazing introduction to Latin, and the main method which I used to teach myself the language.

I don’t know if it would be appropriate in a class, but for self-study I couldn’t recommend it more. You definitely need to get through the second book in the series in order to be able to move on to genuine works in classical Latin, however, Vulgate is readable after finishing this first book. Italia in Europa est. I cannot praise this book highly enough. My first attempts at studying Latin by the “grammar translation” method met with little success, but I learned so much more with the “natural method” that Dr.

Now my problem is that I don’t want to study languages using materials lingu don’t employ this or a similar method! May 28, Paras2 rated it really liked it. View all 3 comments. I’ve read through several textbooks Wheelock’s, Ecce Romani, Cambridge in search of an ideal source for my students, but was always somewhat disappointed until stumbling across Lingua Latina.


Often Lignua is treated like a burning house—you should grab what you need and get out as quickly as possible back to the safety of the English language aka the grammar-translation method. The results are often disappointing, both for student and teacher. At least one of the accompanying grammar companions either the College Companion or the Latine Disco is advisable, particularly if you plan to read through the book without an instructor to help you grasp some of the grammar.

Jun 10, Latia rated it it was amazing Shelves: An excellent introductory Latin textbook with a pure immersion approach. You learn Latin through illustrations and simple explanation in pure Latin; you will find no English in hqns book at all. Latinq chapter explains and discusses a vast array of themes related to Roman society by following a rich Roman family living just outside of Rome.

You will find yourself learning some Roman customs, but you will unfortunately not learn much of Roman politics or international disputes. If you han a complete An excellent introductory Latin textbook with a pure immersion approach.

If you are a complete beginner of Latin and is looking for a complete textbook that covers everything you need with elaborate guides and explanations, this is NOT the book to use.

It should rather be used as supplementary reading to a textbook written in English explaining all the various grammatical constructs in the language. In my experience, you may find yourself lost at a certain point in the text if you do not already know a great amount of the grammar as the grammar is generally not that thoroughly explained; you can chug yourself through tho, but I would not recommend it.

The material and vocabulary base granted through this book is unparalleled by any other Latin book I have met. There are close to word families covered, all used in classical Latin. Other textbooks such as “Learn to read Latin” by Andrew Keller has only about word families not including the ones introduced in the various sample texts from different classical authors.

This book will help you actually read the book instead of just analyzing each and every sentence analytically by looking at the endings of each word as if it is a secret code. Thus it would be extremely helpful to use this book together with a grammar-based textbook so that the meaning of sentences come faster to you. Lastly, the book comes with three different exercises, one where you are asked to complete words of different sentences, another where you are supposed to answer a question written in Latin about the meaning of the chapter and lastly another exercise with somewhat different questions.

These may be useful at the beginning, but I found myself skipping them and instead merely read through them and see if I understood the content of the chapter correctly.

In other words, this is a highly useful book for beginning Latin, most of all for vocabulary acquisition. Anyone wishing to learn to read Latin fluently. The course was good; I enjoyed it and achieved a high 1st in that module. But I still couldn’t read fluently and resorted to the unnatural way of reading that is often taught with Latin: I am just astonished by this course.

After about a week I was on chapter XX and could read fluently and ‘properly’ linearly.

One doesn’t, however, need any previous knowledge of Latin and if one is starting ‘from scratch’, one latija expect to match my speed of progress! The book teaches a good number of words and a good amount of grammar, which you start to understand naturally. The book is beautifully presented with glossy paper and beautiful colour illustrations realistic, not googly cartoons as seem to be popular in books for language learning. The course is suitable for children and adults and is enjoyable for both.

It doesn’t patronise the reader or insult their intelligence. The texts are based mainly on a Roman family and their household; it’s a good introduction to Roman life and one even starts to feel like one knows the people – I will be sad to leave them at the end of the book!


I don’t know why this method of language learning hasn’t caught on – I’ve looked around to find similar books for other languages and am orbdrg to see there are none, though I cannot understand why. I simply cannot recommend this book highly enough! I have so much to say about how awesome this book is, but instead I will point you to my review of Wheelock and say that Lingua Latina is everything Wheelock is not.

Lingua Latina – Familia Romana

Next, I will exhort you to check out the following resources about learning Latin, from which all my opinions are derived anyway and which is supported fully by my subjective experience: Evan der Millner’s thoughts aka. Latinum guy Ernest Blum on the inadequacy of modern Latin teaching methods Randy Gibbon’s blog Latin by the Dowlin I have so much to say about how awesome this book is, but instead I will point you to my review of Wheelock and say that Lingua Latina is everything Wheelock is not.

Well, I’ve officially finished this; still love it. The final two lessons cover poetic meters and grammatical terms. Before starting Lingua Latina II I’m going to switch it up a bit and power through a bunch of Latin readers, get some big chunks of Latin prose under my belt. Mar 16, Aria Maher rated it it was amazing Shelves: In my lifetime, I have taken about five different Latin courses, and this is the only one that ever really stuck.

Lingua Latina per se Illustrata The Latin Language Taught by Illustration is an entire novel written in Latin, complete with grammar sections in Latin and sidenotes in Latin helping explain the text. While that might sound impossible and I did find it helpful to have the background in basic Latin I’d picked up from other courseswhen used in conjunction with Mr.

Dwane Thomas’s o In my lifetime, I have taken about five different Latin courses, and this is the only one that ever really stuck. Dwane Thomas’s online classes, I found that I learned far more from this difficult book than from any ‘easy’ Latin course based solely on memorization.

Lingua Latina helps you learn the language through context, through repeated reading of a story, and not through translation, so that by the end you should be able to read fairly fluently in Latin without going through the hassle of translating it in order to understand.

This is a college level text, and it took me well over two years to struggle through, and the last three or so chapters were so difficult that they alone took me more than six months, but in the end, this was definitely worth it, and I will certainly be rereading this book again in the future.

I like this method so much more than rote memorization, because unlike most courses, this book provides context for every word you learn making it easier to learn to read and write the languageand I would highly recommend it in conjunction with the online class to anyone who wants a good solid foundation in the Latin language. Jan 20, Andrew Fairweather rated it it was amazing Shelves: After slogging through about an hour of latin a day on average at least, when possible Since I have’t had the privilege or misfortune of learning Latin in school, I really can’t compare the Orberg method with, say, Wheelocks, at which seems to fashionable to hurl insult, whether the veracity of claims to its falling short be true or not.

What I will say is this: Lingua Latina has worked, thus far.