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February 27th, 2005
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Learn Latin!
I need to improve my Latin. One of the best and most motivating ways I know of improving command of a subject is to teach it to others. It follows that I should teach Latin. Accordingly:

I propose to lead a study group of classical Latin (as written in Rome ca. 1st century BC and AD), free of charge and open for all (group size would be determined by the amount of space we find in our meeting place). Details:

What: study Latin
Where: place to be announced; default: my flat, at Bavli, Tel-Aviv.
When: once every two weeks, evening, day to be set by group.
How:
  • we shall use the book Wheelock's Latin Grammar, 6th edition (other editions also okay, this one is preferred), and follow Wheelock's lesson plan.
  • I will be supplementing Wheelock's material with additional explanations and exercises, as well as historical, social, or literary context where appropriate.
  • each student must prepare exercises between meetings (Latin cannot be learned without individual exercise). At the meeting, we shall learn new material and compare and discuss the exercises from the previous time. We shall set the pace according to the group's preference.
  • In addition to synthetic (made up) sentences, each lesson, starting from the very first one, will feature actual, authentic Latin sentences or passages, drawn from Roman sources.

Why:
  • Latin is a lovely language.
  • Latin is very useful for a profound understanding of all Romance languages (Italian, Spanish, Rumanian, French, Portuguese) as well as English.
  • Knowing Latin greatly helps to widen your vocabulary in these languages, and is likely to improve your results in exams such as the SAT and GRE.
  • There is some lovely poetry in Latin that you'd be able to savor in the original (we'll be reading some during the course).
  • see first sentence in this post.

Sign up here, or via e-mail. I'd like to begin ASAP, say in two weeks.

P.S. If enough people are interested, I can inquire about a volume discount at TAU's bookstore to get copies of Wheelock for all of you. If you'd like to try before you buy, let me know, and I'll prepare photocopies of the first couple of chapters, for you to work with, until you decide you're serious.

Current Music: Goran Bregovic -- Aven Ivenda

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From:hallatuuli
Date:February 27th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday, Ijon. :)

- Jenni
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From:ijon
Date:February 27th, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! :)
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From:guygrobler
Date:February 27th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC)
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hmmmmm...... that does sound good! as a proud owner of a pic posing to be a citizen of rome... i too must join.

any chance of distance learning? :)

Im flying off tomorrow. was great meeting ya. and happy birthday.
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From:ijon
Date:March 2nd, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome to buy a copy of Wheelock and follow our pace, and I'm willing to check your homework, if you like, but for distance learning, perhaps you'd be better off with the latinstudy mailing list. They periodically start Latin study groups based on everyone submitting homework, and people learning by comparison with others' work.
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From:dolohov
Date:February 27th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
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I wish I could join you! I actually just picked up a "teach yourself Latin" book and have been trying to pick up some of hte basics
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From:ijon
Date:March 2nd, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
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And how's it going?
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From:ukelele
Date:February 27th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
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I'm really interested in hearing about how this works. There are lots of adults around here who would love to learn Latin, but I am always skeptical that they have the time required, and I wonder if they really want to "learn Latin" or if they want sufficient cultural and vocabulary background that they can appreciate more of the Latin heritage around them. Anyway, tell me how it goes and how people respond to the textbook.
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From:ijon
Date:March 2nd, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
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Will do!
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From:passacaglio
Date:February 27th, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC)
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I do.
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From:ijon
Date:February 27th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome! Would you like to purchase the book yourself, or join the group purchase?
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 27th, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)

I would love to

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If my young age is no problem (15), I would surely take part.

Hillel,

cohillel@walla.co.il
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From:ijon
Date:February 27th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)

Re: I would love to

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No age discrimination. You're welcome! Would you like to purchase the book yourself, or join the group purchase?
Re: I would love to - (Anonymous) - Expand
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From:lukkke
Date:February 27th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)

I wish I had the time... :(

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From:jdm314
Date:February 27th, 2005 09:02 pm (UTC)

Macte!

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yay!
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From:tnok
Date:February 27th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Sire,

If by chance your group will be a friday nooner, I am in.

And happy birthday :)

a.
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From:ijon
Date:March 2nd, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
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It seems unlikely that it would be. Can you make it on no other time?
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From:orenr
Date:February 28th, 2005 05:33 am (UTC)
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If you don't mind a (relative) outsider, I'd like to join in.
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From:ijon
Date:February 28th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
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You're welcome. It's not an "insider" thing.
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From:mux2000
Date:February 28th, 2005 08:04 am (UTC)
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Me me me!

I wonder how much I can pick up before liftoff though.

Oh, and let it be weekendish.
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From:ijon
Date:March 2nd, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
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Welcome!
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From:tryscer
Date:February 28th, 2005 10:38 am (UTC)
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Me.
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From:ijon
Date:March 2nd, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
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Welcome!
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From:ntopaa
Date:February 28th, 2005 12:05 pm (UTC)

Me.

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I would like to join the group purchase.
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From:ijon
Date:March 2nd, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Me.

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Welcome!
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From:mux2000
Date:February 28th, 2005 12:30 pm (UTC)
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I'd join the group purchase as well.
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From:orbar
Date:February 28th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
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if there is still an opening, then me
also with the group purchase.
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From:ijon
Date:March 2nd, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
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Welcome!
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