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Wheelock's Latin

(Wheelock's Latin #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  1,436 ratings  ·  112 reviews
This sixth edition, revised and expanded, includes 40 chapters with grammatical explanations and readings based on ancient Roman authors, self-tutorial exercises, an extensive Egnlish-Latin/ Latin-English dictionary, and supplementary original Latin readings.
Paperback, Sixth Edition, 560 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by HarperCollins (first published 1956)
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Mar 31, 2012 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
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
Karen Chung
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finished Chapter 40 of Wheelock's Latin this morning, after working on the book about 10 minutes to an hour a day (average: about 20 minutes) before breakfast for about a year, exemplifying how making something a habit and sticking with it every day, no matter what, will definitely get you places. I haven't tackled the supplementary material - yet - but may do so, since I've come this far, and would like to maintain and build on my efforts thus far. My declensions, conjugations and parsing ski ...more
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nick Black
Nov 13, 2008 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
Mar 31, 2008 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:
Ty Ciatto
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I mean I learned Latin (pretty much)
Aug 26, 2015 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
Feb 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: textbook, non-fiction
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
Koen Crolla
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: textbooks, language
The common criticism re: Wheelock's lack of sensible structure is probably justified—I'd have hated to have had to use it to learn Latin the first time around. As a refresher course, however, I found it worked well: it eschews the usual laborious ``puella est in cena'' type translation exercises in favour of actual Latin as she was spoke (``sententiae antiquae'') from the second chapter on, and while I can't imagine that being anything but frustrating to a half-interested ten-year-old, it gives ...more
Thomas Rivers
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great grammar with copious exercises. Very thorough education of the written Latin language. But keep in mind that a language can't be learned through grammar alone. I'm using it alongside "Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata", Adler's "Practical Grammar of the Latin Language" and the "Orbis Sensualium Pictus" of John Amos Comenius. I would also recommend trying Evan der Millner's comprehensive audio courses on
It is important to read, write, listen to and speak the language. One is
Victor Whitman
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I picked my old Latin textbook and worked through it last month or so, still the best way to learn Latin. I would recommend one of the older versions, though. The older version is more compact and easier to get through, also cheaper. Basically, the book introduces the major grammar points, has some made-up sentences to translate, and then a selection of ancient authors. You can probably safely skip the English to Latin exercises, unless you are really gung-ho; in which case, there is probably so ...more
Feb 05, 2010 rated it liked it
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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
May 14, 2008 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!!!).
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
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: latin, reference
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!
Jun 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: linguistics
am nostalgic for this text, as it's what i used to study the language. not sure if nostalgia is a good standard of evaluation, however.
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: teaching
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.
Went through about 350 pages of this grammar book in about 2.5 weeks—crazy pace. Now I can converse with Latinos, I guess.
Daniel Morgan
May 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin
This book uses an ineffective approach - Grammar/Translation - that goes against pretty much all theory and research into Second Language Acquisition in the past 50 years. The basic issue with the method is that it asks the learner to memorize grammar rules and then directly translate sentences back-and-forth between English and the target language. As a result, the learner (1) learns Latin exclusively through the medium of English, and (2) is never asked to produce, interpret, or otherwise enga ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the textbook I used in a Latin intensive class which runs through the whole book in a matter of two months. Latin is taught distinctly as a reading language, with the communication toward Roman and medieval texts and authors. Till the very end of our class, we were not asked to introduce ourselves or performing daily dialogues, but the very first sentence should set the tone of the whole experience: "Labor me vocat", the work calls me! And the second one -- "Mone me, si erro", warn me, i ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My review of the 6th edition of Wheelock's was ambivalently positive and I would say my feelings about the 7th are cautiously joyous.

This textbook was designed so that, in a sense, any teacher can teach Latin. It's comprehensive, straightforward, and treats the language rather like a maths textbook, with the formulas, the practice equations, and the answer key. For schools just wanting to teach the language and get the students through the exam, great. But, paradoxically, to instill a love of La
JR Snow
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
It's a classic, but I have been convinced by Latin scholars/professors far more knowledgeable than me that learning via the "natural method" using textbooks such as "Lingua Latina" is more effective since it immerses students in the language itself rather than constantly pushing it through an English paradigm.

I'm also a little salty on this textbook since I had to rush through 25 chapters (over half of the book) and about 500 vocabulary words In about two weeks. Need to revisit at a slower pace
Dominic Laverick
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Compared to Athenaze which I used for Attic Greek, Wheelock's has a great explanation and presentation of Grammar. However, the reading and textual introduction of Latin in Wheelock's is atrocious, I'm so surprised it is so popular.

I would only recommend this Grammar if you supplement with significant reading.
Robert Heckner
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Standard Latin textbook. Solid and informative.
Vera Marsova
I swear Latin has the best textbooks!
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recommend reading this book but I don't recommend doing it in three months
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
first semester (15 chapters) completed
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