I honestly did not expect that classes done over such great distances could be as interesting or as fun as classes done in person, but Andrew’s classes have turned out to be the most educational and most engaging classes I have ever taken. Magister Andrew is very knowledgeable and he is very methodical in his teaching method....My favorite part of class is Conversational Latin, where students are encouraged to converse in Latin about whatever subjects interest them. It is very fun when we students, who live all over the continent, are able to converse in a language we all share and learn with each other!
11th Grade, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Latin Conversation Class Overview
Conversation in Latin is the secret to our students' unparalleled success in the language.
Every student who is enrolled in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years of the Carmenta Online Latin Course (Latin 2A and above) also attends Carmenta's Latin Conversation Class. The Conversation Class meets one day per week and is taught by a fluent speaker of the Latin language who has many years experience and practice in the conversational aspect of the language. Students also participate in an hour of Latin text conversation outside of class with other Latin students using the Skype Instant-Messaging feature.
As we have stated in various places on this website, Latin conversation is a vital component of the Carmenta Latin Course since not only is it the only reasonable way to achieve a truly advanced and fluent knowledge of the Latin language but it also allows students to gain competence in the language far more rapidly and (just as important) makes learning Latin a whole lot more fun!
Carmenta students learn Latin as a living language.
In the Carmenta Latin Conversation class students learn to use Latin as a real, living language. They gradually grow more comfortable with rapid formation of Latin sentences as well as understanding the language as they hear it spoken. Frequent practice in conversation allows the student to move from the whole-sentence translation approach to Latin that characterized his or her early grammar-focused studies toward a more intuitive understanding of the language. In other words, students move from interpreting the language through the lens of English grammar and idiom to actually understanding Latin as it really is, a language very different from English, with its own unique logic.