Lingua Latina per se Illustrata, Pars I: Familia Romana

Author: Hans H. Orberg
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by Jtsummers   2021-04-05
Sort of. I just pulled up that book on Amazon. Check out the "look inside". The first chapter reads as an advanced version of "See Spot. See Spot run. Run Spot run!". Vocabulary is getting introduced slowly and as it builds up there is explanatory text or elaborations (in the prose or in the margins). A description of the language is being presented within the language, which Rosetta Stone doesn't totally get to. Rosetta Stone presents more and more examples with, at times, markings to help illustrate what they're getting at (-ar verbs get conjugated with -o, -as, -a, -amos, -an) but it seems this Latin book (I've exhausted my page views so can't see more sections) actually has a description of Latin in Latin, not just more words/phrases presented individually. (TBF, I never completed a Rosetta Stone course so maybe they get closer to this eventually, but that's not my impression.)

by sukottoburaun   2019-11-17

I recommend Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata, which teaches Latin entirely in Latin. There are online exercises and also a YouTube playlist of the book read aloud by u/LukeAmadeusRanieri if you want to hear what it sounds like.

by SmokyDragonDish   2019-11-17

Edit: I just read the rest of what you said and misunderstood. There are podcasts, ask about them in the Latin sub.

Check out /r/Latin.

Also, buy this: Lingua Latina per se Illustrata

by sukottoburaun   2019-11-17
  • Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata teaches Latin from scratch just using Latin. Everything is explained from pictures and context.
  • Vivarium Novum is an Italian website which has links to a lot of free Latin resources.
  • Archive has a lot of old Latin books.
by sukottoburaun   2019-08-24

Lingua Latina per se Illustrata, Pars I: Familia Romana is quite good. It teaches Latin completely in Latin. There are online exercises for this at

by dephira   2019-08-24

Yes basically writing a text in German without any explanatory notes. It just came to my mind since your approach is so heavy on cognates so students should be able to understand a text made up of those cognates and half cognates.


You can preview some pages of the book on Amazon, maybe it will help clarify what I mean: Amazon link

by sukottoburaun   2019-08-24

I think that Lingua Latina per se Illustrata, Pars I: Familia Romana is the best way to start. It teaches Latin completely in Latin. There are online exercises for this at

by mhd   2018-02-08
I've always wanted to get into Latin, and my current plan is getting through "Lingua Latina"[1], a book written in Latin and heavily recommended by others.

I do wonder about a "global Latin community", though. My personal experience with Latin "speakers" has been tinged by an atmosphere of Elitism. Not just about knowing the language, but the whole curriculum of literature. A bit like when you're thrown into a club of people quoting Star Wars all the time, just a bit more high-falutin'. Comes with centuries of "classical education" being a hallmark of upper class schooling. Compare that with the basic concept of languages like Esperanto...