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Beginners' Latin
Monk writing, illustration. 8 September 1877. Cat ref: COPY 1/38 f 273. Copyright, William Joseph Downes

Tutorial

 

Welcome to the beginners’ Latin tutorials. These lessons cover the type of Latin used in official documents written in England between 1086 and 1733. This can be quite different from classical Latin, as used by the Ancient Romans.

We recommend that you begin with lesson 1 and work through to lesson 12. Lesson 1 is the most simple; lesson 12 is the most difficult.

 

    Lesson 1   Lesson 2   Lesson 3 Lesson 4    
    Lesson 1   Lesson 2   Lesson 3   Lesson 4    
   Easiest          
 
    Lesson 5   Lesson 6   Lesson 7 Lesson 8    
    Lesson 5   Lesson 6   Lesson 7   Lesson 8    
               
   
  Lesson 9   Lesson 10   Lesson 11 Lesson 12  
  Lesson 9   Lesson 10   Lesson 11 Lesson 12  
         
Most difficult 
 
 

You can work at your own pace.

Within the lessons you will find

  • Each section deals with one aspect of Latin grammarGlossary - opens in a new window
  • Handy hints showing you shortcuts and aids to memory
  • Latin documents that highlight the relevance of learning grammar
  • Check lists to see if you can remember the key points
  • Five Latin phrases or sentences for you to translate
  • Games
Tip Tip
When a list of words is introduced in a lesson, don’t try to learn them all at once. At first, concentrate on those marked *.