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VeniVidiDidici Review by Amanda HopkinsHave Fun Learning Latin with Songs, Games, Puzzles and Jokes
PO Box 3440
Berkeley, CA 94703
Do you have someone learning Latin in your house? Are they looking for a way to take what they are learning and have fun with it? Build off their basics and tell some jokes, or speak in slang, or even just use what they have learned in a conversation about modern things? VeniVidiDidici by Jason Talley gives your kids, or you, just that!
My son has been learning Latin, but just learning from the textbook is no fun. I help him with his lessons, but haven’t picked up enough to really make it fun for him. His Great-Grandpa had to learn Latin in grade school, so they “talk” a little, but nothing much more than prayers. We took VeniVidiDidici to grandpa’s house
The two of them sat down with the book and spent time reading through and laughing, laughing while learning some new Latin!
The beginning of the book goes over all the basics of Latin, from the vowels, constants, and our favorite diphthongs. After that quick review, they learned how to make their own simple proverbs. Grandpa really liked this section, and because he made it fun, so did my son.
After that they moved on to general conversation. Where our Latin lessons teach us words and prayers, this section of the book taught real world conversations. Just like you would for any other modern language, this chapter helps to make everyday conversation possible. Listening to my son and his grandpa in an actual conversation using Latin was magical! This language really is beautiful!
The next chapter was about Latin poetry. Grandpa spent some time reading this section, but my son was not as interested in it. The next chapter was all about games. This caught everyone’s attention! Checking out these fun, simple games was a great way to review what we have learned, and introduce the rest of us to some fun ways to learn the simple Latin.
My son and grandpa had a lot of fun with the chapters on jokes and how to roast your friends. They spent a lot of time working with each other on these over numerous visits. This part was the most fun for them.
This book has been a great book to bring our current Latin lessons alive. We have found that Latin can be used in modern language through this book. We found a way to make Latin fun for both the young and the older.
If you are learning Latin in your homeschool, you will want to take a look at this book to help your students have fun and bring the modern aspect of Latin alive for them!
—Product review by Amanda Hopkins, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, November, 2017