1. Thank you for this post. are there any textbooks out there whereby one can teach himself Spanish if he has a solid grasp of classical or ecclesiastical Latin, that is Spanish for those who know Latin? Thank you.

    1. Hi Tom, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Unfortunately I do not know of any Spanish textbooks geared toward those experienced in Latin; I have looked into it a bit and I don’t think any such book exists. When I was first teaching myself Spanish, I used Living Language’s “Ultimate Spanish: Beginner-Intermediate” and then supplemented it with Pimsleur and the Practice Makes Perfect exercise books. Duolingo did not exist back then, but I would have used it as a fun extra if it had!

      This worked for me, and I found that many of the connections with Latin were obvious (even though the textbook did not point them out). You can always look up the etymology of specific Spanish words to get more insight, and you could purchase a book on the development of Latin into the Romance languages. Joseph B. Solodow’s “Latin Alive: The Survival of Latin in English and the Romance Languages” looks promising – I haven’t read it yet myself, but it’s on my list.

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