Synopses & Reviews
Earn-lay atin-Lay? No, not that kind of Latin! You can learn true Latin, with conjugations, declensions, and all those extra syllables – and it’s easier than you think. In fact, most people mistakenly think of learning Latin as perhaps the most useless, tedious, and difficult thing to do on earth. They couldn’t be more wrong.
Latin For Dummies takes you back for a quick jaunt through the parlance of ancient Rome, as well as discussing the progress of Latin into church language, and its status today as the “dead” language that lives on in English, Spanish, Italian, and most other Western tongues. Written for those with zero prior knowledge of Latin, this snappy guide puts the basics at your fingertips and steers clear of the arcane, schoolmarm stereotype of endless declensions and Herculean translations. Easy-to-understand sections describe:
- Latin you already know
- Latin in action
- Latin in law
- Latin in medicine
- Latin for impressing your friends
- And much more
No dusty tome or other such artifact, Latin For Dummies makes learning fun and brings the language to life by presenting conversations in various Roman settings, as well as providing fun facts and stories about classical life. And if you feel you may actually have a negative aptitude for the language, don’t worry; pronunciations and translations follow every expression, and a helpful mini-dictionary graces the book’s last pages. You’ll also find out about:
- The quotable Roman
- Latin graffiti
- Latin authors who’s who
- Gladiator Latin
- Latin in love, marriage, and family
- From the mouth of Julius Caesar
- Romans on drink
- Helpful Latin-related Web sites
- Fun and games exercises
Designed to introduce and familiarize you with the language rather than make you the next Cicero, Latin For Dummies gives you all the tools you need to work at your own pace to learn as much or as little as you like. So noli timere (no-lee tih-may-reh) – “have no fear” – and carpe diem (“pick up Latin For Dummies today”)!
Latin is everywhere, from law to medicine to cocktail parties. To help readers make sense of it all, this book offers clear explanations, varied examples, dialogues, and vocabulary.
This title provides complete coverage of all Latin language essentials including grammar, usage and vocabulary to have readers reading and speaking Latin in no time. There are many examples to give readers language skills they can use immediately, no matter what their reason for studying.
Packed with tons of examples and sample dialogues
Make sense of Latin in no time!
Noli timere! (no-lee tih-may-reh) As the Romans would say, "Have no fear!" You’ll be reading and speaking Latin in a flash with this friendly guide, which covers all Latin language essentials, including grammar, usage, and vocabulary. You’ll even see how to use Latin in modern situations, from the law to medicine to impressing your friends at cocktail parties.
The Dummies Way
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Icons and other navigational aids
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- Top ten lists
- A dash of humor and fun
Get smart! @www.dummies.com
- Find listings of all our books
- Create your own personalized book with Hungry Minds a la Carte
- Sign up for daily eTips at www.dummiesdaily.com
About the Author
Clifford A. Hull
has taught Latin, Greek, medical terminology, and classical mythology.
Steven R. Perkins has taught Latin for a decade.
Tracy Barr has served as an editor, editorial manager, writer, and consultant on For Dummies books.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started.
Chapter 1: You Already Know a Little Latin.
Chapter 2: The Nitty Gritty: Basic Latin Grammar.
Chapter 3: Salve! Hello! Greetings and Introductions.
Part II: Latin in Action.
Chapter 4: The Roman Family and Social Structure.
Chapter 5: Food and Housing in Roman Life.
Chapter 6: The Roman Calendar.
Chapter 7: The Roman Army.
Chapter 8: Roman Entertainment and Sports.
Chapter 9: Roman Government.
Chapter 10: More Lasting Than Bronze: Latin Literature.
Part III: Latin in the Modern World.
Chapter 11: Latin in Law.
Chapter 12: Latin in Medicine.
Chapter 13: Latin in the Church.
Chapter 14: Latin in Zoology and Botany.
Chapter 15: Translating and Reading Latin.
Chapter 16: Mottoes, Sayings, and Quotes: Cocktail Party Latin.
Part IV: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 17: Ten Loanwords from Latin.
Chapter 18: Ten False Friends: Common Mistakes in Latin.
Chapter 19: Ten Helpful Latin-Related Web Sites.
Chapter 20: Ten Common Latin Abbreviations.
Chapter 21: Ten Common Latin Prefixes.
Chapter 22: Ten Important Latin Suffixes.
Part V: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Verb and Noun Tables.
Appendix B: Mini-Dictionary.
Appendix C: Fun & Games Answers.