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Catholic Review of: Latina Christiana Set 1

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Author:  Cheryl Lowe

  • Average Rating: This item received 5 stars overall.
  • Memoria Press
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This item received 5 stars overall. (06/15/2010)

Orthodoxy: Completely orthodox.
Reading Level: Intermediate

 Jennifer MacDonaldBy Jennifer MacDonald (IN) - See all my reviews


Latin Program complete with songs, prayers and Roman history to teach your kids, and yourself, Latin

Evaluator Comments

  • I prefer the pronunciation. It uses ecclesial instead of classical pronunciation and it's the same as some of the songs at church.
  • I appreciate how easy it is for a completely Latin-ignorant mom to teach.   I've really come to understand the big picture in Latin by incrementally taking baby steps alongside the kids, although, as usual, they learned it faster than I did.
  • Prima Latina starts off so easy and slow that I've dubbed it "kindergarten Latin." Even the youngest of my children participated in the oral recitations.  We don't use the workbook in Prima, but do all the work orally and put words on a wipe-off board and flash cards -- it seems more fun that way and the work is easy enough to get away with it.
  • My kids learn well orally, so all the recitation and drill is just up their alley. We do recitation once a week and even at the end of the year when we drill all the material we've covered for the year, it only takes around 10-15 minutes.
  • I like the songs, phrases, and reviews of Roman history that are incorporated into the Latina Christiana materials.
  • The Memoria Press message boards and articles on their website helped answer any questions about the program that came up and I found it was a great source of support for the products. 
  • After going through Latina Christiana II, my daughter tested into a second year high school program. I wasn't shooting for this, but happy to know that she gained so much knowledge from the program.
  • We have tried othe programs and didn't find them to be complete enough.  The kids really learned quite a bit of this foreign language with Latina Christiana I & II as opposed to "playing" with a foreign language with another program.
- The only thing we've found that we wish were different is that the voice on the Prima Latina CD is much more pleasant than on the Latina Christiana CDs. We didn't really fully utilize the CDs for either Latina Christiana I or II because of this. We'd learned how to pronounce the vowels and consonants in Prima Latina and went from there.
As with anything, you do have to stick with it. For us, this was our biggest hurdle. Our problem was not letting this challenging subject (for me, not the kids) always be the one I put on the back burner. Even with my inconsistent application of keeping at the books and adding in a difficult pregnancy which really slowed us down, we only added an extra year to finishing the program all the way through Latina Christiana II. REALLY, if I can do it, anyone can. 
I highly recommend Prima Latina & Latina Christiana I & II to anyone!

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