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Beginners' Latin
Garter King of Arms, historiated initial. 28 January 1559/60. Cat ref: SP 9/1/9. Copyright, Sir Gilbert Dethick

Where to start

Helping the learning process


During the Latin tutorial

  • Practise. The more you practise, the easier Latin will become!
  • Think about what you have learnt
  • Remember that you can always go back over the lesson to refresh your memory
  • Try the exercises at the end of every lesson. These are designed to test your understanding of the topics we’ve covered. Check which of your answers are correct. If any are incorrect, you will be given the right answer. Always make sure you understand why your answer was incorrect
  • Enjoy the games and activities at the end of lessons. These are a useful way to help you learn
  • Use the glossary and word list whenever you like
  • Look out for Latin phrases in use today - some are discussed during the lessons
  • Look for similarities and links between Latin words and their English meaning
  • Remember that you are learning the type of Latin that was 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
Latin   English
annus (year)   annual, anniversary
audire (to hear)   audio, auditorium
carta (charter)   charter
decem (ten)   decade, decimal
dicere (to say)   dictate, dictator, diction
domus (house)   domestic
laborare (to work)   labour, laboratory
manus (hand)   manual
mater (mother)   maternal, maternity
pater (father)   paternal, paternity
tempus (time)   temporary
terra (land)   terrestrial, territory
videre (to see)   video
vocare (to call)   vocal, vocabulary

How many other examples can you think of?
Why not look through the word list and try to spot other Latin and English words that are related.

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