a self-study guide that helps you come prepared to Latin class

step-by-step examples

To show you how to get from an English structure to the equivalent Latin structure.

All the essentials

Straightforward lessons that focus more on the rules than the exceptions. Covers the grammar taught in beginning college courses.

Study Tips

Tips to help you learn Latin vocabulary and word forms, and to remember them.

one point per chapter

In each bite-sized lesson, author Norma W. Goldman explains one grammar concept and illustrates it with English and Latin examples.

Explained in English

To help you learn the grammar from the point of view of a language you already speak.

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Learn The Grammar Terms Your Textbook Assumes You Know

Parts Of Speech

Learn how to identify English and Latin nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word. 

Functions Of Words

Learn how to identify English and Latin subjects, direct and indirect object so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word.


English and Latin Grammatical Terms

Learn of conjugation, gender, number, agreement so you’ll understand these terms that play an important role in Latin.

Step-By-Step Analysis Of Examples

Learn how to get from an English structure to an equivalent Latin structure. Our examples will take you every step of the way. 

Book Reviews

Classical World
“Because this handbook assumes no previous knowledge of grammar and because its explanations of English forms and their Latin equivalents are clear and succinct, it is well suited to independent study . . . the authors take the student step by step through a section of English grammar before proceeding to an explanation of the Latin counterpart.”
Modern Language Journal
“Each chapter is self-contained, so that the order of topics may be altered to suit the arrangement of just about any introductory Latin text. . . . this is a useful, carefully written, and well-edited text. It accomplishes its goals and does so very efficiently.”
The Classical Journal
“Teachers of Latin who believe that an essential aspect of their responsibility is to strengthen the student’s understanding of the syntactical structures underlying his native language . . . will certainly wish to include this unique new handbook . . . among the texts required in their elementary Latin classes . . . Response from teachers and professors, as well as high-schoolers, undergraduates, and graduate students . . . has been enormously enthusiastic: the volume has proven a valuable and much appreciated supplement in our beginning Latin course at the University of Georgia. "

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