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.
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.
Please understand that the lecture series is not finished yet. Right now I have completed the recorded lectures for 52 out of the 73 lessons in the textbook.
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 Amazon.com.
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 Amazon.com. Click here to order the book from Barnes and Noble.com. Or, if you live in the UK, click here to order the book from Amazon.co.uk.
Why I'm So Slow
Some of you are wondering why it is taking me so long to finish these lectures. Let me explain. I am not a professional Latin teacher---I work on this Latin class in my spare time as a labor of love. So when I am preparing a lecture, I have to do a lot of research and study to prepare the lesson. Then it takes a while to record and edit the recording. It can be a lot of work! But I do enjoy it. My motto here at Linney's Latin Class is Making the world a nerdier place to live
but I've learned by now that you can't make the world a nerdier place to live overnight...it takes time.
Also, I firmly believe that homeschooled and self-taught individuals should have access to high-quality Latin education materials that don't cost an arm and a leg. And since I am a perfectionist by nature, I refuse to sacrifice quality for speed. My progress has been very slow over the past couple of years as I have been involved in other projects, but now I am trying to move much faster. The blog below will keep you informed about the progress I am making on the lectures and answer key.
Recorded Lesson 57
May 14, 2013
Lesson 57 is now recorded. Answer key goes up through lesson 57. Lessons 53-57 are now in the hopper to be edited by my assistant. I'm going to take a little break, and then while he's catching up to me I can start preparing the next batch of lessons. Only about 15 lessons to go, and the series will be finished, at long last!