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Getting started on classical Latin
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5 Reading Latin: working with words and sentences

To round off your work on sentences, you should now revisit The Open University’s Introducing Classical Latin [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] website. In Section 3.2, you were asked to work through the ‘Sounds’ section and, if you had time, to begin looking through the ‘Words’ section.

Activity 13

Now finish working through the ‘ Words ’ section of the Introducing Classical Latin site. Once you are confident that you have a reasonable grasp of the 24 Latin words you are asked to learn, work through the ‘ Sentences ’ section, looking at ‘Using Nouns 1', ‘Using Nouns 2’ and ‘Using Adjectives’ . The activities on this website will give you the opportunity to translate some basic Latin sentences. As you work through the exercises, you will also begin to see how the learning you have done in this course relates to the practicalities of reading and understanding Latin.

Aim to set aside around 2 hours to work through the ‘Words’ and ‘Sentences’ sections. Once more, in line with the ‘little and often’ approach you are advised to adopt for learning Latin, you may wish to break down your time working on these sections into small chunks of 10−20 minutes.