"Latin is a dead language, as dead as it can be. First it killed the Romans, and now it's killing me." Such has been a lament of a few Latin students in every generation. Although they may have been right about Latin's deadening effect on them, they were certainly wrong to declare Latin itself dead. Latin is alive and well today. Latin is a simple language and you will be alive and well with Latin.
Imagine, for a moment, a desk laden with the Latin grammar books and dictionaries, pages filled with tension-causing rules. I swept this desk clean by my method. With me, you learn Latin grammar and syntax alongside vocabulary and pronunciation without even noticing. I know the most effective way to teach Latin.
I have been teaching Latin to students of all ages, from young children to advanced graduate students, for over five years. I taught at the University of Moscow for several years, but my main focus has been on private students, both home-schoolers and students who take Latin in addition to a regular school curriculum, as well as adult students who choose to study Latin for fun. I have taught private students individually and in groups, in their homes, in mine, in bookstores and coffee houses and libraries and parks. I have helped graduate students read Caesar, Cicero, Horace, Livy, Virgil, Catullus, Tacitus, St. Augustine, and others, reading poetry or prose, any style, from any era. I derive great joy from both reading and teaching Latin. I try to convey not only an understanding of the language but also an enthusiasm for it, and an interest in the rich study of ancient history.
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