Lectures to Accompany Wheelock's Latin Chapters 1-15
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Lectures to Accompany Wheelock's Latin Chapters 1-15

Help for beginning students using the venerable Wheelock grammar book.
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What Will I Learn?
  • A thorough mastery of elementary Latin grammar
  • Additional insight into English grammar and vocabulary
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  • The Wheelock textbook (6th or 7th edition)

Over the years of teaching Latin from the excellent and justly renowned textbook "Wheelock's Latin," I have created a series of lectures designed to help students to learn Latin online and get the most of this magnificent book. In them you will find guidance to some of the more perplexing concepts of grammar -- English and Latin -- that often comprise an insuperable barrier to progressing in Latin for modern-day students. The lectures will not replace the Wheelock text. They will only, I hope, make your on-ramp smoother. To that end, the lectures track exactly with the chapters of the textbook. This will give you "context sensitive" help when you need it. 

You will not find answers to the exercises or anything that is copyright protected by the publisher of the Wheelock book. To get any benefit from these lectures, you must have the Wheelock text.

A typical college-level class will cover the first 15 chapters in the first semester; a high school class will cover them in the first year.

Take this Learn Latin Online course now and learn Latin with Wheelock’s Latin chapters 1-15

Best of luck to you!


Who is the target audience?
  • Autodidacts and/or homeschoolers
  • College or high school students in a traditional academic setting who need a little extra help.
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Curriculum For This Course
91 Lectures
First Things
3 Lectures 37:06

We don't know exactly how classical Latin would have been pronounced, but some conjectures are better than others. In this lecture, I quickly go over the basic agreements of reconstructed classical Latin. You may wonder why we should bother. It's a dead language. True, but trying to pronounce the Latin in front of you really does speed up your mastery. And conversely, over the years I've discovered the truism that those who don't pronounce Latin out loud don't learn it. Fact.
Preview 19:36

Tips on establishing a healthy study routine (i.e. how not to waste time). Sorry about the noise at the beginning. I was adjusting the mic. 
How to Learn Latin (or anything else!)
Chapter 1: The Basics of Verbs; The First Conjugation
7 Lectures 01:28:41

Latin verbs change their person and number by adding suffixes to the stem. These suffixes correspond to English personal pronouns. Verbs can also show commands and infinitives by changing the ending. 

Latin verbs are divided into conjugations depending on the vowel that ends the verbal stem. A verb whose stem ends in ā is a first conjugation verb; a verb whose stem ends in ē is a second conjugation verb.

Preview 29:08

The lecture focuses on the issue of translation. We have three ways to translate a present tense from Latin: the simple present, present emphatic, and present progressive. You'll be able to tell me what each of these means and how they're constructed in English.
Preview 26:47

We review the new concepts and forms in this lecture.
Preview 11:26

The "Forms and Concepts" file for each chapter helps you get a clear idea of what's been covered in the chapter: new forms and new concepts. As you record your new forms, be sure that you include all long marks. Express the new concepts and terms in your own words. These two together -- forms and concepts -- will provide you an invaluable resource for drilling and for reviewing.
Preview 3 pages

The "vocabulary list" file for each chapter gives you a convenient place to record new words and to review them later on. Each word has three columns: dictionary entry, translation, and English derivatives (if any). To review, you can cover up any one or two of the columns and try to produce them from what you can see.

I've add links to two websites: one to the Quia site for drills, and another to the official website for the Wheelock books, where you can hear the chapter vocabulary pronounced correctly.
Please note that after you click on the link, you also have to click on the far upper right on the little box with the arrow to go to the site: 

Preview 3 pages

There is a comprehensive, chapter-by-chapter set of exercises at the end of the book called "Self-Help Tutorials." These excellent drills give you the chance to review and test your knowledge of the chapter material, and yet many student skip over them. 

In my lectures on the Self-Tutorials, I help you get started in the exercises my reviewing the major concepts of the chapter and doing a couple of the sentences for you. Please don't hurry through these chapter reviews or pass them by altogether. They are time very well spent.

Preview 15:57

Chapter 2: Nouns, Cases, and the First Declension
5 Lectures 01:15:40

Class 1: Cases and the First Declension

A review sheet for the new vocabulary.
Class 2: Vocabulary
3 pages

Review of the first declension nouns and the concept of cases.
Class 2: Review Sheet
3 pages

Class 4: Self-Tutorial Exercises Discussed

Chapter 3: The Second Declension; More about Adjectives; Apposition; a Note about Word Order
7 Lectures 56:50

Class 1: Second Declension

More about nouns and adjectives: agreement.
Class 2: More about Adjectives


Case endings give Latin a very flexible word order by our standards. Generally, however, a Latin sentence will be constructed thus: Subject -- Object -- Verb. 
Class 3: Review of New Material

Review of second declension nouns and endings.
Class 4: Review Sheet
2 pages

Review sheet for the new vocabulary.
Class 5: Vocabulary Sheet
3 pages

Class 6: Discussion of Self-Tutorial Exercises

Class 7: Self-Tutorial Sentences Read
Chapter 4: Second Declension Neuters; Adjectives; Present of Sum; Predicate Nominatives; Substantives
8 Lectures 44:21

Class 1: Second Declension Neuters




Class 2: The Verb "To be" Conjugated


A word in the nominative case need not be the subject of a verb. It may be linked to the subject via a linking (aka, copulative) verb, such as "to be." A nominative thus used is called a "predicate nominative." 
Class 3: "To Be"


As in English, an adjective in Latin may be used as a noun: the wealthy, the poor, etc. When used thus, the syntax is called a "substantive" use of an adjective, or we may say that the adjective is being used as a substantive.
Class 4: Substantival Use of Adjectives

Review of neuters, "sum, esse," predicate nominatives, and substantival use of adjectives.
Class 5: Review Sheet
3 pages

Review of new vocabulary.
Class 6: Vocabulary Sheet
3 pages

Chapter 04: Self-Tutorial Discussion

Chapter 04: Self-Tutorial Sentences Read
Chapter 5: First and Second Conjugations: Future and Imperfect; Adjectives in - er
6 Lectures 48:04
The Imperfect and Future Tenses
Class 1: Future and Imperfect Tenses


Just as there are nouns belonging to the second declension whose nominative ends in -er, so also there are first and second declension adjectives that use the -er termination in the masculine nominative singular.
Class 2: Adjectives in -er

Review of future, imperfect, adjectives in -er, -a, -um
Class 3: Review Sheet
3 pages

Review of new vocabulary
Class 4: Vocabulary Sheet
3 pages

Chapter 05: Self-Tutorial Discussion

Chapter 05: Self-Tutorial Sentences Read
Chapter 6: Sum and Possum; Complementary Infinitive
5 Lectures 31:55

Class 1: Sum, Possum, and Complements

Review sheet for sum, possum, and concepts
Class 2: Review Sheet
3 pages

Vocabulary sheet
Class 3: Vocabulary Sheet
3 pages

Chapter 06: Self-Tutorial Discussion

Chapter 06: Self-Tutorial Sentences Read
Chapter 7: Third Declension Nouns
5 Lectures 42:54
Third declension nouns
Class 1: Third Declension Nouns

Review sheet for third declension nouns and new concepts
Class 2: Review Sheet
2 pages

Review sheet for new vocabulary
Class 3: Vocabulary Sheet
3 pages

Chapter 07: Self-Tutorial Discussion

Chapter 07: Self-Tutorial Sentences Read
Chapter 8: Third Conjugation: Present System
5 Lectures 01:07:13
Present system of the third conjugation
Class 1: Third Conjugation

Review sheet for the present system of third conjugation verbs
Class 2: Review Sheet
2 pages

Review sheet for third conjugation verbs in the present system
Class 3: Vocabulary Sheet
3 pages

Chapter 08: Self-Tutorial Discussion

Chapter 08: Self-Tutorial Sentences Read
Chapter 9: Demonstratives Hic, Ille, Iste; Special - īus Adjectives
5 Lectures 55:54
Demonstratives; mixed declension; UNUS NAUTA
Preview 39:10

Review sheet for demonstratives and new concepts
Class 2: Review Sheet
4 pages

Review sheet for new vocabulary
Class 3: Vocabulary Sheet
3 pages

Chapter 09: Self-Tutorial Discussion

Chapter 09: Self-Tutorial Sentences Read
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About the Instructor
Ben Lugosch
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Dr. Lugosch taught all areas of classical studies at the undergraduate and graduate level, and published scholarly articles on Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, and Homer. Recently retired, Dr. Lugosch still leads small private tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey and France that explore artifacts of classical antiquity.

These lectures help support his money-losing hobby farm in Kentucky where he raises organic pigs, grass fed beef, pastured chickens, Californian rabbits, and all manner of vegetables.