Linney's Latin Class

What is Linney's Latin Class?

Linney's Latin Class is a free online Latin class provided as service/ministry to the homeschooled and self-taught communities.


A couple of errors that I have not yet fixed in all the lectures:

I have recently become aware that I have been mispronouncing a few words, such as the future passive participle, and the perfect infinitive. I will be working to correct these mistakes by editing the lectures! In the meantime, know that in a future passive participle, the accent goes on the next-to-last syllable. Therefore, it would be lauDANdum, not LAUdandum as I have mistakenly pronounced it.

Also, I have at times switched up the terms compound tense and compound verb. A compound verb is a verb that has a preposition attached to its front (a prefix) while a compound tense is a verb that is made up of more than one word.


Greetings from William E. Linney, author of the book Getting Started with Latin. People seem to like Getting Started with Latin, which is a very step-by-step introduction to Latin designed for homeschoolers and self-taught students. But since it only covers the beginning stages of Latin grammar, many readers started asking for some kind of follow-up book...that is, something to do after completing Getting Started with Latin. So that's why I started working on this lecture series.

How To Get Started

This online Latin class consists of a series of free recorded lectures in MP3 format. These lectures take the listener through a Latin textbook called The First Year of Latin by Gunnison and Harley (1902 edition). So to participate in Linney's Latin Class, you will need to get the textbook, download the lectures, and listen to the lectures. You will probably want to get a notebook of some kind to do your work in.

Linney's Latin Class is a real Latin class with a real textbook. Therefore, before you start these lectures, let me recommend that you first go through my beginning Latin book called Getting Started with Latin. This book will give you a basic introduction to Latin grammar, giving you a good foundation for the study of Linney's Latin Class. Of course, you don't have to do this, but it will make it much easier for you to get started in this whole process. Click on the book's cover to go to the Getting Started With Latin website, or click here to go straight to the page where the book is sold on

The Textbook

The textbook for this class, called The First Year of Latin, is over 100 years old. If you wish, you may download the book in PDF format from Google Books. Click here to view the textbook at Google Books.

Other folks want to have a real paper book to hold in their hands, make notes in, etc. The textbook costs approximately $15, and you can order it from any of the main online booksellers. Click here to order the book from Click here to order the book from Barnes and Or, if you live in the UK, click here to order the book from

Bloggus Maximus

Lesson 69 is Finished

April 8, 2014

Lesson 69 is done.

Lesson 68 is Finished

April 2, 2014

Lesson 68 is done.

Lesson 67 is Finished

March 31, 2014

Lesson 67 is finally uploaded.

Re-recorded 67

March 25, 2014

OK, I finally re-recorded lecture 67, which I had completely messed up. I think my explanation of the datives is now much improved. Now I can get back to editing all the audio and finishing up the series.

67 on Hold

January 19, 2014

I spent many hours this week editing the audio lectures, and today I discovered that I need to re-record some of lecture 67. I edited 63 through 66 this week, and fixed a lot of mistakes in previous lectures, so my brain needs a break from editing and recording. I'm going to stop where I am and take a week or two off. Then, I will come back, fix lecture 67, and then finish editing 67-73.

65 and 66

January 18, 2014

Posted lessons 65 and 66.

63 and 64

January 16, 2014

I took a break for a while, but now I'm back again, editing the remaining lectures. Today I'm posting 63 and 64, and and updated version of lesson 62. By the end of this weekend I hope to have 65, 66, and 67 finished. Hopefully.

62 and Answer Key

November 9, 2013

Uploaded lesson 62, and uploaded a new, updated version of the answer key that includes all 73 lessons.

New Lessons

November 8, 2013

Uploaded lessons 60 and 61.

Lesson 59

November 4, 2013

Uploaded lesson 59.

Lesson 56, 57, 58

October 18, 2013

Uploaded lessons 56, 57, and 58.

Lesson 55

October 2, 2013

Fixed a bunch of stuff that was wrong with lesson 52 and uploaded improved version.

Lesson 55

October 1, 2013

Uploaded lesson 55.

Tidying Up a Bit

September 30, 2013

Editing lots of audio and tidying up the website. The goal from here on out is...

1) to edit the raw audio for lectures 55-73 and upload those lectures

2) To go back and listen to lectures 1-54 with the microphone in front of me, so I can locate any mistakes and fix them. My knowledge of Latin grammar and pronunciation is much stronger now than it was back in 2007 when I started recording these lectures, so I know that some of those lectures (especially the very early ones) can stand some improvement. When a lecture has been corrected and re-uploaded, you will see the words "FINAL VERSION" at the bottom of the box for that particular lecture.

When I'm done with all that, the finished product should be a pretty good Latin course!

Lesson 54 is Ready

September 27, 2013

Just posted lesson 54. Now that I have had a little break, I am going start editing and posting the last lessons of the series.

Status Update

September 9, 2013

All lessons have now been recorded. Now, I just have to edit the audio for each lesson.