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Intensive Basic Latin

A Grammar and Workbook, 1st Edition

By Jean-François Mondon


308 pages

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Intensive Basic Latin: A Grammar and Workbookcomprises a dynamic reference grammar and related exercises in a single volume. The book presents forty individual grammar points, covering the core material which students would expect to encounter in their first year of learning Latin. Grammar points are followed by contextualised examples and exercises which allow students to reinforce and consolidate their learning.

There is a particular emphasis throughout on familiarising students with real, unadulterated Latin and the task of teasing information from the Latin via translations. To this end, there are matching exercises with unedited Latin excerpts and rough English translations in the chapters, encouraging students to take a hands-on approach in their learning. In addition to this, a short reading relating to the adventures of Hercules is presented at the end of almost every chapter; these readings, which become progressively more complex, give the course a strong sense of narrative cohesion and interest and provide students with opportunities to develop their comprehension and translation skills.

Key features include:

  • Clear, accessible format and jargon-free explanations of grammar
  • Many useful language examples
  • Abundant and varied exercises with full answer key
  • Controlled usage of vocabulary throughout, allowing students to concentrate on building up their grammatical knowledge
  • Review chapters at intervals throughout the text, providing exercises specially designed to consolidate knowledge of language points covered
  • Useful English-Latin and Latin-English glossaries at the back of the book

Written by an experienced instructor, Intensive Basic Latin: A Grammar and Workbook is an ideal resource for beginning students of Latin. It can be used as a textbook, grammar reference and practice resource and is suitable both for class use and independent study.


"Intensive Basic Latin offers a straightforward approach to the rudiments of Latin. Its clear explanations of Latin grammar and consistent use of vocabulary will help any student develop a firm foundation for mastering the language." Christine L. Albright, University of Georgia, USA

"This is a refreshing new introductory textbook that is well-suited to intensive college and undergraduate courses. Thorough and well-structured, it provides an accessible step-by-step tool for learning Latin while also permitting an intensive, fast-track approach to the language which will put students in a position to begin reading Latin texts within a year." Mark Bradley, University of Nottingham, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction Latin Sources 1. Pronunciation & Stress 2. Present Tense: Conjugations 1, 2, 4 3. Present Tense: Conjugation 4. 1st Declension Review of Chapters 1-4 5. 2nd Declension 6. 1st & 2nd Declension Adjectives 7. Prepositions 8. Uses of the Ablative I 9. Imperfect Tense 10. Future Tense Review of Chapters 5-10 11. Irregular Verbs I: esse & posse 12. Uses of the Genitive 13. Perfect Active 14. Pluperfect & Future Perfect Active 15. 3rd Declension 16 . 3rd Declension i-stems 17. 3rd Declension Adjectives Review of Chapters 11-17 18. Uses of the Dative 19. Passive Voice 20. Passive of the Perfect System 21. Demonstratives I: hic, ille, is 22. Demonstratives II: īdem, iste, ipse Review of Chapters 18-22 23. Irregular Verbs II: īre, ferre, velle, nōlle, mālle 24. Pronominal Adjectives 25. Relative Clauses 26. Direct Questions 27. Personal Pronouns 28. Imperative Mood Review of Chapters 23-28 29. Vocative & Locative 30. Uses of the Accusative 31. Indefinite Pronouns 32. Indefinite Adjectives 33. Participles 34. Ablative Absolute Review of Chapters 29-34 35. Verbs that Take the Dative 36. 4th & 5th Declensions 37. Comparatives 38. Superlatives 39. Adverbs 40. Uses of the Ablative II Review of Chapters 35-40 Key to Exercises Dictionary: Latin to English Dictionary: English to Latin

About the Author

Jean-François R. Mondon is Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages at Minot State University, USA.

About the Series

Grammar Workbooks

These titles combine explanation with exercise work. The Basic Grammar Workbooks are for learners starting at elementary level. Intermediate Grammar Workbooks follow on from these and are for learners who have achieved basic proficiency and wish to progress to more complex language. Each combines clear, concise grammar explanations with communicatively oriented exercises to help build confidence and fluency.
Suitable for independent learners and students on taught courses, the Basic and Intermediate volumes together form a structured course of the essentials of each language's grammar.

All Grammar Workbooks are available as inspection copies.

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