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Wheelock’s Latin (Wheelock's Latin #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,079 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Formerly titled Wheelock’s Latin Grammar, this classic single-volume introductory Latin textbook is the perfect study guide to first-year Latin students. The book contains the time-tested elements of past editions plus new features that make the Latin language more accessible and appealing. Includes a Latin/English-English/Latin dictionary.
Paperback, 6th Edition, Revised, 512 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by Collins Reference (first published 1956)
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Yinzadi
Aug 15, 2012 Yinzadi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin
This review is for Peter.

This is both a review and a very short guide for those interested in jumping off the Latin cliff without a teacher. This is my first review on Goodreads, so please be gentle.

First off, Wheelock is THE text for learning Latin. I have never come across a text that is even remotely close to competing with his.

Latin is a middling-hard language to learn. A lot of Latin textbook writers realize this and reduce their entire text to phrasework: “The boy is Flavius,” “The sailor
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Dave Maddock
Technically I have a few more chapters to go, but I'm gonna go ahead and review it.
If Wheelock's Latin were a basketball player, it'd be great at making foul shots, but utterly unable to dribble.

The good: Wheelock does a good job of teaching you Latin grammar. The bad: it does a good job teaching you Latin grammar--and nothing else. This book teaches you to "read" Latin sentences like algebraic equations--break a contextless sentence into its component parts and solve for the subject, verb, et
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Ty Ciatto
Feb 04, 2016 Ty Ciatto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I mean I learned Latin (pretty much)
Sammy
Sep 28, 2015 Sammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For generations of American students, "Wheelock's" is the Latin textbook they remember from their schoolyard days. And indeed, if you had a charismatic teacher who could convey his/her love of the language, these 40 chapters contain almost everything you'd need to know about the language. But if your teacher is mediocre, your extracurricular syllabus is annoying, or if you're learning on your own... you'll need a bit of backup.

The more I use Wheelock's, the more I acknowledge that it's a damn th
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Nick Black
Nov 13, 2008 Nick Black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh, Wheelock, an old friend. Before I knew the glories of advanced scientific/mathematical study and just how valuable a truly excellent textbook is, there was one paperback gem of autodidacticism, one appetite-whetting volume bearing the portent of positive information-acquisition feedback loops to come. That book was Wheelock's Latin, then in its 3rd edition (I now own the 5th; the 6th has been issued for some time). While it lacks the extensive excerpts from rhetoric and poetics necessary f ...more
Bruce
Feb 22, 2010 Bruce rated it really liked it
Determined to relearn Latin after a hiatus of almost forty years, I picked up this textbook a couple of years ago, and I finished it today. It has been delightful to use, Wheelock’s explanations and examples proving to have been clear and suitably graduated for the beginning student as well as someone using the book primarily for review. The vocabulary list at the back eliminated the need to use a separate dictionary, and the review quizzes were an excellent supplement to the lessons. In additio ...more
max
Feb 05, 2010 max rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent for college students, high school students of superior ability, or 18th century middle school prodigies. Probably also very good for independent learners and adults. Very cut and dried, like a grammar book with exercises and a few sententiae antiquae thrown in for good measure.

Work diligently from chapter to chapter. Memorize the grammatical rules and vocabulary. Dutifully complete the exercises. If you do this and finish the book, you will have an excellent handle on Latin and be read
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Karen
Dec 04, 2007 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Latinam amo. Hic liber mihi latinam docet. Librum igitur amo.

I’m sure it’s not perfect, but it’s tried and true. And it’s cool. No other language textbook in the world has taught me to write things like, “Ira mea est magna,” “Infinitus est numerus stultorum,” and “Otium sine litteris mors est.”

I like the explanations, I like how the exercises are arranged, and I appreciate the illustrations of classical art. My only complaint is that the "Latina est gaudium - et utilis!" sections are a bit corny
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Ian
Feb 13, 2015 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This latin class is kicking my ass lol.
Judy
Mar 31, 2008 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to learn Latin or look up Latin words/phrases/diction.
What I learned from this book:
Latin.
Heather
Aug 26, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: textbooks, latin
I used to think that Wheelock advocates were just a little too content with the standby, traditional, status quo, intro to Latin text to be bothered to examine the virtues of other options. I was wrong. Now that I have worked my way through the 40 chapters of this classic text, I understand why it has become the classic and why it should remain the preeminent Latin textbook.

Frederic M. Wheelock understood that learning to read Latin should be for the purpose of learning to read real Latin sourc
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Meghan Krogh
I mean I can't read or speak Latin but I recognize more Latin roots now and feel like I have a better immersion experience with Romance languages post-Latin study so I guess it's been helpful.
Phil
May 14, 2008 Phil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: languages
This is currently being the most immediate and engaging Latin book I've read. Shame there are some pretty hideous errors in this (4th) edition - in particular the editor seems to have dozed off completely during chapter three (notably declension tables mixed up!!!).
Ali
Dec 01, 2015 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference, latin
I was at a concert of Renaissance music last week, and picked up the program to read through the translations. And glanced over to the left, where the original Latin text was printed. And realized that I could read it. I. Can. Read. Latin. Now. Awesome!
Melissa
My hatred for this book is not because it is a particularly terrible book of its own accord. It is because it is awfully difficult way to be introduced to Latin and the name "Wheelock" still sends goosebumps down my spine.
Mary Rose
A good Latin textbook, especially if you're going to teach it to yourself. Lots of examples and exercises. I would also recommend picking up 38 Latin Stories, the accompanying book of longer stories to translate.
Jeremy
Went through about 350 pages of this grammar book in about 2.5 weeks—crazy pace. Now I can converse with Latinos, I guess.
Ann
Oct 05, 2015 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this textbook so many times it's disgusting -- and I'm still rereading it. Learning a new language feels like it's forever a work in progress. Maybe because this is the book that my professor taught out of, but I feel like this is one of the best books on teaching grammar. Each chapter, in addition to teaching pertinent grammar points, also aims to build vocabulary with a vocabulary list and a small passage of "real" latin literature to read. The Oxford Latin course is good for more im ...more
Michael A
I completely endorse Dave Maddock's review of this text. He said everything I could think of -- both good and bad. He is especially right to say that the approach of this book goes against a lot of the research out there about how second languages are learned. I'll just throw in a few points that struck me especially.

This book is basically designed – in the words of the reviser himself – to teach you 95% of the grammar which you will need to know when reading Latin down the road. It also does a
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Jen
Dec 19, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate enough to go through some of the chapters by myself and some within the context of a language class, so I know how to work with this book both ways. Definitely, if there's any chance of you having an outside person work through this as a tutor or teacher with you, do that; I'm no good at working with languages on my own and profited immensely from the teacher-led run through this material.

I've also studied Latin through two other primer systems (one of which is the Oxford Introdu
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Cum veniam finem, autem lux luxuriaque nec pulchrae nec felices plus sint. In fact, inasmuch as iter est destinatiem, the reward of these daily lessons since October has been in the self-discipline and byway sensitivity by observing not just etymologies but the nearly mathematical nature of language as a structure to be infinitely declined and conjugated. It puzzles the will as wonder and exasperation to encounter a language in which almost no words in a sentence can be found in a dictionary, be ...more
Jodi Lu
Aug 18, 2007 Jodi Lu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids who got stuck taking latin b/c they thought it'd be easy but then realized they were wrong
my lowest grade in college was my second semmester of latin. C-. this was my textbook. i re-bought it a few years ago, thinking maybe if i wasn't so pressured, i could take it up again. i never opened it. the truth is my first semmester teacher was an adorable grad student named Dean. i didn't like latin; i liked dean. so it's stupid that i re-bought this book. all i remember is my irregular imperitives: dic, duc, fac, fer, dicite, ducite, facite, ferte b/c they were fun to say. if you didn't kn ...more
Shannon Wright
Jan 14, 2014 Shannon Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Wheelock's Latin: you were my first. I got older, I got curious, there was a whole world of other Latin course books out there that I didn't know. My brief dalliance with Cambridge and other assorted, sterile books ended in dissatisfaction. I'm sorry I ever left you. You're not perfect (you do nothing in the way of literary language), but you improve with each new edition. I can see you're trying. I have come crawling back after all these years, even though there is still taco residue from ...more
Kat
Oct 14, 2008 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If the number of copies a person has of the same book is any indication, I probably should have given Wheelock 5 stars. I have 3 copies (one for home, one for my carrel and an extra!) I do have a personal fondness for Wheelock since it is the book I learned Latin with. I use it all the time when translating to look up grammar tid bits because I find it easy to use since I have worked with it for so long. I only rated it four stars because if I had never used it, however, I probably wouldn't like ...more
Dave Faubert
This book suffers from the fault of not putting the irregular verbs first. In every language one needs the irregular verbs to say anything: to go, to have, to be, the usual suspects. I like the book a lot, but the verb to go, ire, is practically at the end.
Jennifer
Jul 25, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: languages
Though at many points during my first year of Latin I think I might have assigned a single star to this book, on the whole it's one of the best Latin textbooks that I have seen. The layout is exceptionally good and concepts are introduced in a manner that makes a lot of sense.

My main complaint is about the exercises: there are too many in each chapter, more often than not, and some of them can be nonsensical - even when translated correctly! I think if spread out over 50 lessons instead of 40, a
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Shahna
Apr 27, 2014 Shahna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great textbook!! Can't think of a better book if you're trying to learn Latin! College level mind you. I don't think this would be used in high school.
Kevin J. Rogers
Oct 26, 2010 Kevin J. Rogers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alright, it might seem weird to rate a Latin textbook four stars. And it is. And I have to admit I'm not going to be any better at reading Latin now (let alone speaking it) than I was before I read it. But at the same time I suspect I'll have a bit of an easier time learning French, Spanish, and Italian, and I'm certain I'll have a better understanding of English from now on, if only to understand which rules I'm breaking while I'm breaking them. So for that I salute the long-gone Professor Whee ...more
Bradford
Jul 03, 2007 Bradford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: classics aspirants
best latin textbook i know of -- spoilt me on a lot of modern language textbooks, since it relegated conversation to the last 10 lines of text at the end of each chapter. (Yeah, I know that most people actually want to have conversations in German/French/Polish; i just want a textbook for reading, that reads like a pulp noir novel).

I should also say that this is the textbook where i first learned a lot of the rudiments of Indo-European grammar studies, taught by the teacher whose summer etymolog
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Sara
Jun 07, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it
Good grammar review for Latin students!
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