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Modern Latin by J. D. Sadler

Modern Latin

by J. D. Sadler

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J.D. Sadler's two-volume Modern Latin brings a new approach to the study of the language. Instead of loading the student up with obscure linguistic constructions and terminology, Sadler's approach is a lean and mean course designed to get the student reading Latin as quickly as possible. The most striking feature of this approach is the relatively small vocabulary presented--only 525 words. But these are basic words, used by virtually every Roman writer. "If a student knows these 525 words and their Latin derivatives," Sadler asserts, "he will know about 80 percent of the words he will meet in any given passage of Latin." Sadler's approach emphasizes understanding Latin morphology--how stems and affixes combine to create new words, and each lesson contains dozens of examples of word derivations, not only in Latin, but English, as well (after all, about 60 percent of English is Latin-based!). Although the approach is heavily slanted toward reading, with extensive practice sentences and reading passages from classical authors, there are still plenty of exercises to reinforce the lessons and give you loads of writing and word-building practice. If your goal is to get a good reading knowledge of the language in a short time, this two-volume set is for you.

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