Latin for Dummies, Paperback
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Earn-lay atin-Lay? No, not that kind of Latin! You can learn true Latin, with conjugations, declensions, and all those extra syllables -- and it's easier than you think.

In fact, most people mistakenly think of learning Latin as perhaps the most useless, tedious, and difficult thing to do on earth.

They couldn't be more wrong. Latin For Dummies takes you back for a quick jaunt through the parlance of ancient Rome, as well as discussing the progress of Latin into church language, and its status today as the "dead" language that lives on in English, Spanish, Italian, and most other Western tongues.

Written for those with zero prior knowledge of Latin, this snappy guide puts the basics at your fingertips and steers clear of the arcane, schoolmarm stereotype of endless declensions and Herculean translations. Easy-to-understand sections describe: * Latin you already know * Grammar * Pronunciation * Latin in action * Latin in law * Latin in medicine * Latin for impressing your friends * And much more No dusty tome or other such artifact, Latin For Dummies makes learning fun and brings the language to life by presenting conversations in various Roman settings, as well as providing fun facts and stories about classical life. And if you feel you may actually have a negative aptitude for the language, don't worry; pronunciations and translations follow every expression, and a helpful mini-dictionary graces the book's last pages.

You'll also find out about: * The quotable Roman * Latin graffiti * Latin authors who's who * Gladiator Latin * Latin in love, marriage, and family * From the mouth of Julius Caesar * Romans on drink * Helpful Latin-related Web sites * Fun and games exercises Designed to introduce and familiarize you with the language rather than make you the next Cicero, Latin For Dummies gives you all the tools you need to work at your own pace to learn as much or as little as you like. So noli timere (no-lee tih-may-reh) -- "have no fear" -- and carpe diem ("pick up Latin For Dummies today")!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
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  • Category: Language self-study texts
  • ISBN: 9780764554315



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It's highly ironic this book is in the "for Dummies" series. The title would suggest a simple and straightforwardness to the book, when in fact, it's a convulted mess. The author attempts to teach the reader all "nitty gritty" grammar in one chapter, and then moves on to a new chapter for basic greetings. Once the reader has supposedly mastered all grammar, there are entire chapters for subjects such as "Latin in Law."The random facts scattered throughout are intriguing, but if you really want to learn Latin, give this book a pass.