Level: BEGINNER through to highly ADVANCED +
This course is intended for students of Latin wishing to gain more fluency in mental processing of their Latin - oral proficiency in spoken Latin is a welcome side effect.
This course can be used alone, but is intended to be studied along with other materials which can be found on the Latinum Audiobook Catalogue.
A complete beginner will benefit greatly from the Latin Mastery course, it would be a particularly welcome course for a student allergic to formal grammar, as there is no explicit grammar in the course at all.
Please read Prendergast's introduction to the pdf of the textbook,(see links below) in order to understand how to use the course.
Linguam Latinam non ex infinitis grammaticorum praeceptis, sed ex veterum librorum lectione et imitatione comparandam esse.
The Latin language is not acquired from an infinity of grammatical rules, but from reading the books of the ancients, and through imitation.
- Jacob Flacciolatus , anno 1715
Prendergast's Handbook to the Oral Mastery Series. (TEXT)
Textbook: Prendergast's Mastery Series (Latin) (Second Edition) (TEXT)
Textbook: Prendergast's Mastery Series (Latin) (Third Edition) (TEXT)
NOTE: Prendergast strongly advises the student NOT to look at the text, but to make this a completely oral exercise; the lesson recordings are structured according to Prendergast's recommendations.
How does Prendergast's Latin Mastery work? There is a carefully structured series of statements in English, which you need to immediately translate orally into Latin.
Each exercise starts with a simple phrase or sentence, and then builds the sentence up phrase by phrase and clause by clause, ending with a complex sentence.
A bell is sounded, followed by a brief pause, which should provide sufficient time for you to translate. Following the pause, a model translation is given. Pay close attention to your word order.
If you need more time, press pause. You should repeat the lesson until you find pausing unnecessary.
Although this course is intended for students and teachers who have already studied Latin for some years, beginners can nevertheless make use of these exercises by repeatedly listening to and attempting the oral Latin answers.
If you are a beginner, your progress will be very slow, as you will more or less need to memorise the answers. Prendergast assumes a beginner working on this course for at the minimum of an hour a day, with three separate periods of 20 minutes per day, would take three years to complete it, and that only ten minutes of new exercises should be attempted per day, with the rest of the time spent in intensive review.
Thanks to F. Pina and E. Arnold for proofing the audio as I release it.
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THE LATIN MASTERY COURSE
TEXT ONE (AUDIO)
TEXT TWO (AUDIO)
TEXT THREE (AUDIO)