Latin Introduction

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For our studies in Latin, we'll be using Henle Latin First Year and we will also need Henle Latin Grammar. I believe I have the Key somewhere as well.

Our first assignment is to read over the introduction, the introduction to the first unit of the text, and part 1 Forms Introductory of the Grammar.

Right in the introduction is says "If you don't put down the foundation strongly and firmly, it will be very hard to keep the third story where it belongs." (Henle, pg 1) So let's build our foundation!

We must begin with the alphabet, which is only slightly different, and easier, than our own. There are two pronunciations of Latin, the Classical and the Ecclesiastical. Classical is how it was probably pronounced when it was a spoken language, and Ecclesiastical is how the Church has pronounced it since then. If you want to dive into a lot of controversy, ask the internet which one you should use. BUT does it actually matter?

I'm risking a good internet beating by saying this, but no, it doesn't. The two are close enough. Henle uses the Ecclesiastical. Here is a pronunciation guide for the Ecclesiastical, and here is one for the Classical. And here is a post outlining the differences. (Hint: there is only 6.) Even if it seems like a big decision, it really isn't. If you learn one, and need the other later, you can learn the other. Unless you buy the CD, you can learn whichever one you want to go with Henle. The pronunciation doesn't change the words. I'm leaning toward the Classical, only because it has differences for the diphthongs.

For the kids, I bought a pack of Latin alphabet flashcards. But Brandi has a set for free at Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood. We'll write out the alphabet this week, practicing letter formation, recognition, and pronunciation. For some more help, here's two videos about the alphabet: Consonants and Vowels

For me, I will study the syllables and accents. I want to understand those rules well enough to teach the kids when we begin pronouncing the vocabulary.

Now, that shouldn't be too hard for the first week!


  1. I took Latin classes for 3 years in high-school, though we never had to speak it, we only learned the written language. It was actually helpful in understanding English better too! It's been a long time since then, and I wonder how much of it I would remember if I were to try reading it again. : )

    I'm visiting from the 'Hearts for Home' blog hop.

    1. Thanks for visiting Cathy! I bet you would remember more than you think. It's like riding a bike, I think.

  2. This sounds fascinating Jennifer and something we don't teach here, though you have me interested. I am enjoying this new site and I appreciate you sharing this with us at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  3. Hi Jennifer! I'm so glad you linked up with us at Hip Homeschool Moms on our HOP this past week! We often get questions about teaching Latin and the different Latin curriculums that are available, so I'm glad you shared it with us! I hope you'll keep coming back. :) Have a great week!

  4. I agree completely it doesn't matter which pronunciation you choose. Both are close enough it's easy to switch if needed! :-)