Latin course for the Virtual School of Languages

About this site:
Latest news 
How to study    
How to support this site 
Course material: 
"Conversational" Latin phrases 
Latin riddle (for complete beginners)    
Pronunciation guide 
Available lessons (non-original texts with grammar and vocabulary explanations) 
Intermediate reading material
Original texts in medieval Latin 
Explanations & techniques for the study of Latin: 
How to dramatically increase your vocabulary (intermediate) 
Perfect and PPP forms 
Explanation of grammar terms 
Explanation of translation technique
How to study languages
For further study: 
Book recommendations (all stages of learning) 
Roman numerals    
Exercises in translating Latin inscriptions 
Original Latin books online 
Learning other languages online and for free 
Dictionary of Mythology 
Misc resources: 
Latin e-cards 
Course discussion board (Unilang VSL)
Guest map 
Additional material 

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This course is vaguely based on the German Latin course "Cursus Novus Compactus", adapted by Judith Meyer (alias Junesun) for the Unilang project "Virtual School of Languages". Since my native language is German, not English, I apologise in advance for mistakes in my English, however, thanks to 9 years of learning, they should be few enough not to be an obstacle to your learning. The course consists of many units, some of which still need to be brought into a computer-acceptable format, which contain text(s), vocabulary, grammar, exercises and information on aspects of life in Ancient Rome. The course starts with lessons for people who know no Latin at all and will enable you to read original texts, for example Caesar's De Bello Gallico or Catull's poems. In addition to the course, I'll post material for intermediate readers, who know the basic rules of Latin and want to practise a bit. Learn more...

How to study
Please take your time to study the lessons one by one. The steps I suggest are:
1) Read the text and try to get the gist of it (probably not possible in Lesson 1, however in the others).    
2) Learn the vocabulary (except the words listed as "Reading vocabulary"), because these words will not 
    be explained in the following lessons anymore. The words in the third column are modern words deriving
    from the Latin ones and may help you learn the Latin words more easily - or improve your vocabulary of
    modern words. I suggest you use this program in order to learn the vocabulary. You can get a vocabulary
    file with all the vocabulary from the lessons here.
3) Study the grammar. If you don't know a term, check the page with term explanations.
4) Translate the text thoroughly. There shouldn't be anything you need to guess. If you have trouble putting
    the words together to form a sentence, see this page on translation technique.
5) Do the exercises, write down your answers and check them with the correct ones, which you'll find at the 
    bottom of the page.
If you have questions about the grammar, the text, the exercises or anything else concerning Latin, please 
send them to or post them at the Virtual School of Languages forum.

How to support this site
If you want to encourage me to keep developing this site, there are several things you could do:
  • Translate the course or the vocabulary to your native language
  • Find texts on Roman culture that can be added to the lessons
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  • Buy your books or learning material through links from this site. For example, see this extensive list of recommended Latin books. You can even help by buying non-related things through the links to
  • Make a donation through Paypal's secure servers. I suggest at least 3$ for every test you send in, but of course you're welcome to donate as much as you want. Available lessons: Swedish flag Lektioner på svenska Lessons in Polish Polish flag In the Colosseum Lesson 1: Marcus has to wait Lesson 2: Acquaintances everywhere Lesson 3: The gladiators arrive Lesson 4: The fight Test I Reward: Latin wordsearch puzzle Of young women and men Lesson 5: Different interests Lesson 6: A foolish prejudice Lesson 7: Good friends? Test II Reward: Latin wordsearch puzzle Sights in Rome Lesson 8: Marcus as tourist guide Lesson 9: On the Capitol Lesson 10: Sacrifices and festivals Reward: Latin crossword Gods of Greeks and Romans Lesson 11: "Just to the Gods" Test III Reward: Latin wordsearch puzzle Lesson 12: Gods on stage Reward: Latin crossword Fear of foreigners Lesson 13: An unfriendly inn Lesson 14: Always trouble with the Greeks Lesson 15: Silence is golden Reward: Latin crossword Lesson 16: The situation becomes critical Test IV Reward: Latin wordsearch puzzle From Greek history I Lesson 17: The good old days Extra reading: Greeks and Persians - arch enemies Lesson 18: Damocles' sword Reward: Latin wordsearch puzzle A slave fights his way through Lesson 19: Roaming Davus Lesson 20: Davus lies Test V Reward: Latin wordsearch puzzle From Greek history II Lesson 21: Tyrants, enemies, foreign rulers Extra reading: Mucius Scaevola, a hero I Humans as goods Lesson 22: Poor Delia Extra reading: Mucius Scaevola, a hero II Lesson 23: How to become a slave Lesson 24: Some hope remained Test VI Ceterum censeo... Lesson 25: Beaten winners Extra reading: Etruscans and Romans Lesson 26: Against the arch-enemy Lesson 27: Maintain, don't annihilate Test VII Aeneas Lesson 28: Dido and Aeneas Extra reading: The theft of Sabinian women I Lesson 29: Dido's curse Extra reading: The theft of Sabinian women II Lesson 30: A second Odysseus Test VIII Stories about cunning Odysseus Lesson 31: Something has to be done! Lesson 32: In the giant's cave Extra reading: The magician Circe Lesson 33: The siren's song Scipio's life Lesson 34: Scipio's triumph Extra reading: Manliana Imperia I Lesson 35: "Don't bury me in Rome!" Extra reading: Manliana Imperia II Test IX Famous Greek-Roman myths Lesson 36: The Flood Lesson 37: Hercules Lesson 38: Orpheus I Extra reading: Icarus I Lesson 39: Orpheus II Extra reading: Icarus II Lesson 40: Bias Test X Extra vocabulary revision & tips More Greek-Roman myths and stories Lesson 41: The Lycian farmers Lesson 42: Superstitious slaves Lesson 43: Tantalus Lesson 44: Polycrates... Lesson 45: ...and his ring Test XI Lesson 46: Justice or vengeance? Lesson 47: Spring in Rome Lesson 48: Ovid in Exile Intermediate material: In this section you'll find texts made for intermediate readers, that means learners of Latin who know the basic grammar rules and want to practise them by reading texts that are easier (and some would also say more interesting) than Caesar's "De bello gallico" for example. I'm uploading Historia Apollonii regis Tyri, one of the rare Roman prose novels found. You might also want to try out Asterix comics in Latin. Unfortunately I'm not allowed to post these comics here, but here's a sample. Harry Potter in Latin should be interesting reading, too. Here's a growing collection of additional texts: A day in the life of a Roman pupil Alexander and the pirate An anecdote about Bias Anecdotes about Diogenes Augustus and the ravens Camillus and the children of Falerii Hannibal's end Vae victis Original texts in medieval Latin: Medieval Latin texts may have some misspellings, shortenings and differences in vocabulary, but in exchange they usually don't use the complex structures known from classical Roman authors. You will find them rather easy to read, once you're accustomed to them. I'm posting some authentic texts here that are part of the chronicles of a German monastery near Düsseldorf. The texts were written between 1470 and the beginning of the 17th century and the earliest mentioned event in the chronicles is the founding of the monastery in 1123. In order to keep this interesting for you, I'll skip past the "... became the new abbot" entries and the like and just post historically interesting entries. News from the Middle Ages 1 Additional material: Online resources for learning: Latin vocabulary trainer Latin grammar Latin verb conjugator Identify Latin forms Original Latin texts (site completely in Latin) Latin quiz Simple Latin-English-Latin online dictionary Latin online dictionary for advanced learners See this list of recommended materials that can enhance your learning! Recommendations for reference works, but also intermediate reading material and Latin classics. Fun / Misc resources: Popular songs translated to Latin Latin Christmas Carols Latin e-cards Tongue twisters in Latin Learn how to curse in Latin