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Getting started on Classical Latin

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Latin is the basis for many languages in the world. This free course, Getting started on classical Latin, will introduce you to learning Latin. You will look at the links that exist between Latin and English, examine the structure of sentences and gain an awareness of the fundamentals of pronunciation in Latin. This OpenLearn course will allow you to assess whether you would like to learn more.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate an awareness of the links between English and Latin
  • understand basic English grammar in order to recognise and describe the way languages work
  • demonstrate awareness of the fundamentals of pronunciation in Latin.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 10 hours
  • Updated Wednesday 6th January 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Classical Studies
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Getting started on Classical Latin


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The aim of this course is to enable you to get started in Latin. It has been developed in response to requests from students who had had no contact with Latin before and who felt they would like to spend a little time preparing for the kind of learning that takes place on a classical language course. The course will give you a taster of what is involved in the very early stages of learning Latin and will offer you the opportunity to put in some early practice.

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