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— Latin —

THE GATEWAY TO THE MATRIX

Nemo tibi quid sit Matrix dicere potest. Necesse est oculis tuis videre. Post hoc, reverti non poteris. Pillulam caeruleam sumpseris, hujus historiae finis; lectulo tuo surges, credebisque quidquod velis. Pillulam rubram sumpseris, in Terra Mirabili permanebis, et ipse tibi monstrabo quam profundus caniculi cavus.

Memento: tibi veritatem tantummodo offero. Satis.

 

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Paraphrasing Morpheus from above, the truth and nature of language is what I offer the reader. Nothing more.

In my opinion, true understanding of the English language is impossible without in-depth familiarization with its major contributing components; principally, French, Greek, and Latin. Nearly 70% of English vocabulary is derived from these languages, which have affected how we form new words and even fundamental structures of our grammatical system. Of the three, Latin is the most important to master, and not just for the sake of English. When you learn Latin, suddenly everything people say, in English and also in Romance Languages, feels like part of an interconnected fabric of lexical culture tied to the Ancient Romans, Medieval and Rennaissance Europeans, and everyone in between.

Learning Latin will make you a master not only of English, but will allow you to learn Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Romanian with incredible ease; moreover, the grammar of Latin has much in common with Ancient Greek, Russian and all the Slavic tongues, the Germanic languages, and indeed all the Indo-European tongues. And since nearly all scientific, medical, and technical vocabulary is of Greco-Latin origin, Latin allows such foreign terminology to become eminently familiar and useful. The interdisciplinary and formative advantages to learning the Roman tongue are seemingly endless, and I use it every day. Latin is the gateway to the Matrix.

How To Learn Latin

Before I delve into my personal narrative on the subject, I will give you the best tools to accomplish your goal of learning Latin as quickly and profoundly as possible:

1. THE DOWLING METHOD

Read this entire page, for it is your instruction manual. The Dowling Method is a critically valuable technique to accelerate your acquisition of Latin far faster than you may have ever thought possible. Take seriously his recommendation to rewrite all the grammar tables 200 times. By seriously, I mean do it. I promise, this is the shortcut, no other (unless you can get Tank to upload the grammar tables directly into your head).

2. LINGVA LATINA PER SE ILLVSTRATA

This is the way to learn Latin fluently. I believe that LINGVA LATINA is the best textbook ever made to teach a language. Nothing else even comes close. No word crosses its pages but Latin, for the author, Hans Ørberg, brilliantly crafted the first page to the last to be intelligible to anyone who can read the Roman alphabet (which is nearly everyone in the world these days) thanks to marginal notes and beautiful illustrations (per se illustrata means "fully illustrated"). Start reading from the beginning and enjoy the entertaining and endearing narrative of a Roman family, parents, children, and slaves, their daily lives, and a journey across the ancient Mediterranean to Greece and beyond. I found it really exciting, and I was compelled to learn Latin just to find out what would happen to the characters.

Inspired by my success using the Dowling Method, I applied a similar technique to using this book: not only did I rewrite all the Exercitia (exercises), not just the correct answers; I retyped every sentence of every chapter of the 300-page book, including the long vowel marks. I did this because Latin syntax (word order) is unusual to most speakers of Western European languages, and I wanted to burn it into my brain so that it would become natural. I succeeded. Working every day, I completed Part I in three months, retyping every chapter along the way, and when I was done I was fluent in reading and writing Latin.

The Part II is the next vital step in your education. The first chapter is a tour of the eternal city of Rome at the height of Roman civilization. Thereafter, the entire history of Rome from its legendary beginnings to the first century is told by means of excepts of all the great authors, aligned in order

After Part II, you can pick up any Latin text and read it in a natural, enjoyable manner. There are several supplements, all of which I own and can recommend, most of which are readers to introduce the student to various forms of literature: theatre, epic poetry, history, etc., from the great Roman authors.

A Curiosity Turned Obssession

COMING SOON

Climbing Parnassus

COMING SOON

 

 

 

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