Latin For You

Teaching and translating ancient Latin since 1986

Some Tools to Help you Build your Latin Skills

The heart of learning Latin is memorization; especially conjugations and declensions.  Here are some verb and nouns sheets to help you memorize all those lovely endings which are crucial to being able to read a Latin sentence.

The first is a list of the first 3 declensions with the endings colour coded.

The next four are declension sheets which can help you master any and every form of the Latin verb.  We've got

The active verb system, using amo, amare, amavi, amatus  as the example.

Then, there is the passive verb system, also using amo, amare,

The next two are blank verb charts; one for the active and one for the passiveThese last two are for you to fill in.  It's tedious stuff, but, if you're having trouble remembering something like darer, dareris, daretur, daremur, daremini, darentur (imperfect subjunctive passive of the verb do, dare), then this will definitely help you.  And you'd be surprised how little practice you'll need.  You're not going to be copying out 100 verbs in all there glorious forms.  You'll notice a marked improvement after about 10 (maybe fewer, if you've got a good memory). as the example,

Translating Latin is like Playing Cards

When we translate a Latin sentence we should treat it like a hand of cards.  If you're playing any card game; bridge, poker, big 2, what is the first thing you do when you get dealt your hand?  You organize your cards, usually arranging them according to suit and rank.  If you didn't sort your hand, the game would so much more difficult.  You'd be constantly hunting around your hand, looking for any one card and you'd likely overlook a card.  You might be able to get away without sorting your hand if you only have 4-5 cards, but if you have 10-15 cards not sorting your hand will cause major headaches.

This is exactly the same when you translate a Latin sentence.  If you don't organize the words into a useful order, you'll have a lot of trouble trying to figure out what the subject is, or main verb, direct object, etc.