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Ora Maritima: A Latin Story for Beginners (Sonnenschein 1908) Part 1

Learn Latin by reading this story-based historic textbook about Roman Britain
Judy Watson, PhD
26 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 4 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
50 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 8 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

The goal of this class is to apply the Latin grammatical forms/paradigms we've memorised and practiced to developing the skill of reading and understanding real Latin (without having to analyse and translate into English first). We're aiming to move (gradually) from knowledge and mastery of grammatical forms and patterns to fluency in reading, listening, writing, and speaking.
There will be several kinds of homework in this class:
1) memorisation using flash cards or Quizlet (I will provide links to Quizlet sets each week) or whatever works for you;
2) drill exercises translating sentences from English to Latin and Latin to English to practice the grammatical patterns we're focusing on each week so we can read the story with understanding, and also to continue to practice the sentence structures so we'll remember them better;
3) conversation practice, where we follow a dialogue from the book to learn natural sentence structures, and practice them out loud (with the goal of being able to understand them well enough to be able to imitate them to ask and answer similar questions independently);
4) writing original Latin sentences in order to practice the grammatical concepts we're learning each week.
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There's no formal assessment in this class. It's expected that students taking this class are doing so because they're interested in learning and using Latin (and the story looks at least somewhat interesting). 

If you understand what's going on in the story and you're getting the exercises right most of the time and you're enjoying it, you're probably good. Understanding what you're reading/hearing and being able to produce correct written and spoken Latin indicates that you've got the skills we're trying to develop. Win! I'm always happy to help struggling students figure out what the issue is so they can make progress and fully understand what they're learning. 

It's good to seek peer help with challenging tasks and material as well - if something is challenging for you, it's probably been challenging for others as well, and we can support each other with advice and sharing our own experience. I can always point out and/or provide additional material for students who need extra practice with something.
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.
Ōra Maritima, by EA Sonnenschein, 6th and/or 7th edition (I'll share a pdf of the book, and/or you can download it from 


Judy Watson, PhDArchaeological scientist, peripatetic bibliophile. I like old stuff.
26 total reviews
26 completed classes

About Me

Archaeologists study geology, math, biology, chemistry, physics, materials science, ecology, zoology, anthropology, ancient and modern languages, history, sociology, geography… Everything! Archaeology applies tools and knowledge from almost every... 
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