The Paideia Institue held their annual Living Latin in NYC this weekend. I wanted to be better prepared this year and came up with a series of five daily challenges I could do in the run up to the event which I wrote up on the past week. I’ve collected them here: Part 1: Latin Out Loud […]

Day 5: Rehearse This week, we recited Latin, listened to Latin, tailored Latin to our own needs, and memorized Latin. In this fifth and final installment, we’ll put it all together and rehearse what we’ve already learned, specifically our mini-script from Day 3. Now that we’re comfortable (or starting to become comfortable) with the mechanics […]

Day 4: Memorize Yesterday we began working on content, specifically figuring out the sorts of words that will serve you best in Latin conversation. We’ll return today to working on fundamentals. We’ve already started to get used to listening to longer passages of Latin as well as reciting them out loud. Today we’ll focus on […]

Day 3: Your Latin You’ve been through a few years of Latin and yet there are enormous swaths of vocabulary you have never been exposed to. If you happen to be Cicero pleading cases in the Forum or Caesar on the battlefield, you’re covered. You know 10 ways to say “die” but you have trouble […]

Day 2: Listening Yesterday we got started with getting used to the sound of Latin and producing it for longer stretches than usual. Five minutes is still not that long but my guess is that most people, especially those new to spoken Latin, when they find themselves at an event like Living Latin in NYC, […]

Living Latin in NYC is almost here which, if I’m being honest, brings equal measures of excitement and anxiety. As a grad student, I read a good amount of Latin everyday. But—despite New Year’s resolutions to the contrary—spoken Latin is not part of my daily routine. When I get to LLiNYC, on the other hand, […]

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The day had come for the Omega Party. My daughter had told everyone in her class—the Eagles, a symbol meant to evoke greatness in the Ancients and preschoolers alike apparently—that I was coming to teach Greek letters that morning. Not just any letters but psi and omega—the last two letters of the alphabet, the culmination […]

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