Welcome to Latin with Livia!
Here you will find answers to many of your burning questions about Latin. There are some things textbooks don’t cover – or don’t cover in enough detail.
This site is my answer. I’ve taught a lot of Latin classes, so I know what kinds of questions students ask. I know about the most common stumbling blocks.
This isn’t a comprehensive Latin course. This is, however, an invaluable guide and supplement. Whether you’re confused about terminology or stuck on some grammatical feature, I can help.
Why am I qualified to teach you anything about Latin? The short answer is that I’m a PhD student in Classical Philology at Harvard and I have a lot of teaching experience.
Still with me? Okay, it’s time to see what Latin with Livia has to offer you.
Are you trying to decide how to learn Latin? Then your first stop should be my enormous list of Latin resources. There is a blend of physical and digital materials, and I have included free options when possible.
You may also find the following detailed reviews and recommendations helpful.
Latin for Very Beginners
One of the first things you will realize about learning Latin is that there is a lot of niche terminology. Why? Well, Latin has traditionally been taught with the grammar-translation method (for better or for worse). This leads to a heavy focus on grammar and results in a lot of grammatical terms.
Even if grammar isn’t your favorite, there are some terms and concepts you absolutely must master. Is this your first time learning an inflected language? If so, you will want to make sure you understand declensions and conjugations.
Latin may be a “dead” language, but pronunciation is still important. These two posts will tell you everything you need to know!
Another important topic for beginners is macrons. You know those tiny little lines over vowels? They are actually very helpful for Latin learners. So don’t ignore them!
Finally, you are about to learn lots of new vocabulary. The following guide will help you out.
Latin Nouns & Adjectives
Once you have the basic terminology down, it’s time to start grappling with the noun system in earnest. You will find the following introductory posts useful:
As I mentioned up above, Latin is an inflected language. This means that nouns, adjectives, and pronouns have cases. Check out my guides to the Latin cases:
You will also want to look at my ultimate guide to noun endings. This post includes the case endings of all five declensions, as well as tips on how to memorize them.
Adjectives are another important hurdle for Latin learners. You can start off with these introductory posts:
Latin verbs can be confusing for students, since there is an intense conjugation system. I have structured each of the following posts so that they can benefit students of all levels.
If you are a beginning student, you may only want to read the first few sections. But if you are very advanced, be sure you finish each post and learn all the teeny-tiny details.
In other words, just read as far as is appropriate for you!
These next posts can help you wrap your head around some tough verbal concepts.
Pronouns are crucial for understanding Latin, but there are so many different types. Check out my comprehensive guides.
Miscellaneous Latin Posts
Language Learning Tips
The main focus of this site is Latin, but I have experience with many different languages. So if you are interested in general tips, head on over to my language learning section.
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