Getting Started With Latin: Beginning Latin For Homeschoolers And Self-Taught Students of Any Age
Getting Started With Latin

Getting Started with Latin: Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age is a book that teaches beginning Latin gradually yet systematically. This unique method was designed specifically to help homeschooled and self-taught students overcome the obstacles they face when studying Latin at home. In each lesson, after learning something new, you can immediately apply what you've learned by translating the fun practice sentences. To check your work, refer to the answer key in the back of the book. Every once in a while, you will learn about a commonly used Latin expression such as et cetera or non sequitur. To hear the words and exercises pronounced, simply download the free MP3 recordings (classical or ecclesiastical style) from this website. If you need extra help, listen to free recordings by the author that teach through each individual lesson. Everything you need is here in one book, so what's stopping you from Getting Started with Latin?


What do I do after Getting Started with Latin?

When you're finished with Getting Started with Latin, don't stop there! Continue your studies with my free online Latin class called Linney's Latin Class. It consists of recorded lectures that take you through a real Latin textbook. The textbook is called The First Year of Latin (that's over on the left). Click the book's cover or click here to go to Linney's Latin Class.

The blog is now from our Facebook news feed.

New Facebook Page

September 28, 2015

Hi everyone. We're developing a new Facebook page to help keep you all informed about current and upcoming projects.

Keep Going with Latin

September 21, 2014

Over the years, I have heard many of you say that you wish you could keep going with the Getting Started with Latin system. Some of you have said that you think I should write a sequel. For this reason, I have been thinking about writing a sequel called Keep Going with Latin.

But writing a book is a lot of hard work, so before I undertake this task, I would like to hear your feedback. What do you think?

Big News!

March 12, 2013

Big news, folks. Work has begun on the next book in the Getting Started language series...Getting Started with French.

More news later. Until then, au revoir!

Important: Virus Warning

March 6, 2012

Some of you have mentioned to me that you like going to the "" website because it has online quizzes for my book. But that website has been hacked recently, and is now infected with a virus. So please do not visit that site until the virus has been eliminated.

Now Available for Kindle and Nook

December 14, 2011

Big news, everybody. Getting Started with Latin is now available as an e-book for both Amazon's Kindle and Barnes and Noble's Nook. See the Order page for links.

Cultivating Realistic Goals for Foreign Language Study

August 24, 2011

Here's an article I recently wrote for a homeschool website. It's about having appropriate goals for the study of foreign languages.

Latin Expressions Article

March 24, 2011

Here's an article about Latin expressions that everyone should know.

Why We Study Latin

September 22, 2010

I got this email from a homeschool mom this week, and I thought some of you might find it interesting. I post it here with permission.

I am always reading some novel aloud to my kids. In this particular book the main character’s father was killed as a consequence of not being wary while he freely spoke his mind making accusations or voicing critical opinions. In warning another character he said that trouble would come if he couldn’t learn to be more "circumspect." At reading this word one son asked me, "What’s circumspect?" I began to reply using the context of the story, but then my other son (12 yrs old) spoke up..."It means to watch around." Ahhh...Yes, Latin. It comes in handy.

This anecdote demonstrates perhaps better than anything else the value of Latin. It builds language processing skills. It raises one's awareness of one's own language. Forget SAT scores, folks, these are just general life skills. Furthermore, knowledge of Latin makes English more vivid and picturesque (at least that's my take on it).

A Way With Words

Friday November 6, 2009

This week, Getting Started with Latin was mentioned on a radio show called "A Way With Words." The show is on various National Public Radio stations, but you can also listen to the show as a podcast. The host said that she liked Getting Started with Latin because it's simple and easy to follow.

You can listen to it online by following this link and clicking where it says "listen here."

The show is fun to listen to if you are interested in linguistics, word origins, slang words, etc.

College Board Cancels AP Latin Literature

Friday Jan 9, 2009

The College Board, the group that oversees the Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken at high schools all over the country, has decided to discontinue AP Latin Literature.

There are two different AP Latin classes altogether: a course that centers around Virgil's Aeneid, and the other one, just called Latin Literature, that covers Catullus, plus one other author to be chosen from Cicero, Horace or Ovid. This is the one that is being canceled.

This leaves the Virgil class as the only AP Latin class left. The College Board promises to enhance this remaining class, but what they mean by that remains to be seen.

When I was in high school, I took this very class. Back then, the curriculum was slightly different--it was just Catullus and Horace. I really enjoyed getting to know all that good poetry. So I am sad to see this class go.

New Latin Expressions Recording

Friday August 29, 2008

Several readers contacted me saying that they wanted to have a recording that tells how to pronounce the Latin expressions in the book. So, in response to these requests, I have posted a new recording on the downloads page. Let me know what you think. That's the beauty of the internet, I guess--you can get new content out to everyone very easily!

Need a Really Good, Complete Dictionary?

Thursday July 24, 2008

A really good dictionary has recently come back into print after being out of print for many years. It's called William Smith's Latin-English Dictionary. This unabridged dictionary, in two volumes, claims to have every Latin word in it, from all Latin literature.

I know that's an ambitious claim, so I tested it by looking up the most obscure word I could thing of: subnervo. I had trouble finding this word in any dictionary a few months back, and I doubted it would be in this dictionary. But lo and behold, there it was. The dictionary entry gave the literal meaning, the normal meaning, and even a figurative meaning, along with citations of Latin literature where the word could be found. I was very pleased to have such a resource on my shelf.

This dictionary is not cheap, but it's really worth having on your shelf if you translate texts of any kind. Here is a link if you are interested.

Getting Started with Latin Mentioned in British Newspaper Article

Wednesday June 25, 2008

Getting Started with Latin was recently mentioned in an article on, which is the website for the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph. I don't know if the article was in the print edition or just the website version.

The article is actually quite interesting. It's about a lady who teaches an outdoor Latin class. Here is the link to the article in case you are interested in reading it.

A Satisfied Customer in Georgia

Friday May 9, 2008

I got this email today from a homeschool mother in Georgia. I have posted it here with her permission.

My 11 year old son mysteriously requested to learn Latin a month ago. I was completely perplexed and know nothing about Latin. After discovering that his future high school (I am homeschooling him through his middle school years) does indeed teach Latin, I agreed to find a curriculum. What an experience that was!

And then I found your site. Thank you for being affordable. Thank you for having such a pleasant voice. Thank you for making the lessons short and simple. My easily frustrated son has been working on the lessons steadily since we got the book. He carries it around with him everywhere and has been teaching Latin to his friends! The friends are so interested that I wouldn’t be surprised if you sell a few more books here in [city withheld], GA.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Kim [last name withheld] (grateful mother and new Latin student)

Getting Started with...Spanish??

Sunday March 23, 2008

Well I must admit that Getting Started with Latin has been a much bigger success that I had ever imagined. People seem to like the simple, one-thing-at-a-time format. So...I am now working on a Spanish book, to be very similar to Getting Started with Latin, except, uh, Spanish. So I guess you can guess the name of the book. I already have a website up and running, so take a look if you get a chance.

Commentary Recordings Complete

Thursday March 20, 2008

The author's commentary recordings are now complete.

Here at the Getting Started with Latin corporate headquarters, we are always hard at work creating extra resources to aid you in your study of Latin.

Our huge staff of linguists, web designers, and recording engineers works around the clock to provide you with the most cutting-edge Latin materials available today.

Um, actually it's just me here...the stuff about the corporate headquarters was just a joke. I guess you already knew that, right?

Almost Done

Monday March 17, 2008

I'm almost completely done with the author's commentary recordings. Only a few more to go, and I should be done with them by the end of this week.

Lots O' Recordings

Wednesday February 8, 2008

I have finished recording the remainder of the author's commentary recordings, but I have not edited them yet. In their raw, unedited form, they are not ready to use. So as I finish deleting the coughing and long periods of silence when I can't remember what I was trying to say, I will post them for download on the Downloads page.

The Message Boards Are Toast

Tuesday January 8, 2008

Put some butter and jam on them, because they are toast. Instead of becoming a place of learned discussion, they became a magnet for spammers and other naughty people. So goodbye, message boards.

Don't forget to take a look at the author's commentary lectures. You can find them here on the Downloads page.

New Author's Commentary Recordings

Sunday December 8, 2007

I am in the process of creating some author's lectures to accompany Getting Started with Latin for those who need a little extra help. You can find them here on the Downloads page.

Still Plugging Away

Friday October 5, 2007

It's been a while since my last Bloggus Maximus entry. I have been hard at work preparing the recorded lectures for my online Latin class called Linney's Latin Class.

Eventually, there will be lectures for all 72 lessons. But for now, I am only up to about lesson 10. My goal is to finish one lecture per week as time permits.

Many of you have asked what to do to continue your Latin studies after finishing Getting Started with Latin. I believe that Linney's Latin Class is the perfect follow up for homeschoolers and self-taught students to continue their Latin studies after finishing Getting Started with Latin.

And, as always, feel free to contact me if you have questions or anything to share.

Linney's Latin Class

Monday July 23, 2007

I have been developing my new website called Linney's Latin Class. There, you can study Latin the way you would in a traditional Latin class. It's not done yet, but you can order the book and start studying the lectures that are there now, with more to come in the near future.

New Latin Bible Lectures

Wednesday June 27, 2007

I just posted two lectures in the Reading the Bible in Latin series. Those are the last ones I will be doing for a while so I can focus on finishing up the lectures for my new online Latin class called Linney's Latin Class.

Redesigned Website

Wednesday May 9, 2007

Some of you may have noticed that the website looked a little funny if you were viewing the site with your screen set to a very high or very low resolution. I have revamped the site to help fix that problem. Now, no matter what your screen resolution is, the site will still look pretty much the same.

I am still working on the Linney's Virtual Latin Class recordings. More on that later.

Sharp Moms

Sunday April 15, 2007

Yesterday we had another free beginning Latin workshop in Raleigh, NC. About 8 moms came out, and boy were they sharp! They wanted details! Sometimes you run into a crowd like that.

Now that the ecclesiastical recordings are done, I can turn my attention to some other tasks--like Linney's Virtual Latin Class. I got an email today from someone who wanted to know when the free Latin class MP3 recordings would be ready. So, I will get to work on that ASAP.

Ecclesiastical Recordings Complete

Thursday April 12, 2007

The ecclesiastical recordings are all done. Download them to your heart's content. And remember to roll the "R."

More About the Recordings

Monday April 9, 2007

The ecclesiastical recordings are almost all finished. They should all be posted within the next few days. Also, I have made a lot of improvements to the classical pronunciation recordings, too. I fixed the recording level and replaced a missing lesson, too. So if you downloaded the classical recordings before today, delete your old ones and download the fresh ones.

Ecclesiastical MP3 Recordings

Tuesday April 3, 2007

By the way, I am now working on the ecclesiastical (church) pronunciation MP3 recordings. I will post them as they become available. Just wait till you hear my cool accent.

Enthusiastic Moms

Monday April 2, 2007

This past Saturday I held another free beginning Latin workshop in Roanoke, VA. This workshop, as before, was sponsored by the local chapter of Classical Conversations. About 12 enthusiastic moms (and one grandmother!) turned out. This bunch of ladies really went went the extra mile to get equipped to teach their kids Latin. I thought that by lunchtime, they would be ready to quit and go home, but they wanted to keep going! I was inspired by their committment to education. We need more moms like that.

Another Good Workshop

Saturday February 17, 2007

Well, we had another free Latin workshop with the local Classical Conversations group. We are making our way through the book, albeit with lots of "side trips." I am also scheduled to conduct a workshop with the Classical Conversations group in Roanoke, VA, and another group in Raleigh, NC. These homeschool moms really seem grateful for the help that they and their children are getting.

New Goodies

Monday February 5, 2007

I have now posted the first two lectures of the series Reading the Bible in Latin. More on the way. Let me know what you think if you get a chance.

A Special Email

Wednesday January 24, 2007

I got an email today from one of the homeschool moms that came to the workshop this past Saturday. It really touched me, so, with her permission, I thought I would share it with you. See below.


I bought your book Saturday following your talk in Alexandria! And I want to thank you for taking the time to talk with us moms. I started your book yesterday with my kids (we did 4 lessons). They love it! They asked to do it today! When, we stopped they begged for more. We are enjoying this book. I have already recommended it to a few friends. It will go at the top of my list for Latin recommendations to the moms at my Classical Conversations campus.

We have tried many things (too many to admit). We have found [name withheld] to be our favorite, but I am struggling with it! The downfall is always Mom. I have struggled to teach Latin because I don't know Latin! I have been studying and trying, but there are several things I haven't been able to fully grasp. I have a passion for learning and teaching my children Latin, but I have struggled so much. So many things connected on Saturday, and I felt like I finally got it! And I am looking forward to moving forward in my studies and teaching my children thanks to your book.

Thank you! And thank you for the free resources. Those are wonderful!

Stephanie [last name withheld]

Beginning Latin Workshop

Wednesday January 24, 2007

This past Saturday, I conducted a free beginning Latin workshop at a local church sponsored by the local chapter of Classical Conversations. I was very pleased with the turnout. Approximately 30-35 homeschool moms came. They were a very enthusiastic crowd! I spoke for a few minutes on reasons we study Latin, educational values, and the like. Then, we jumped right into the Latin grammar! We took it nice and slow, and got to about lesson 20 in the book. I think they liked it, because they asked me to come back next month and continue. It was refreshing being around people who want to study Latin.