Latin – the universal key to Romance languages. Latin – the language that dominated Europe, from Hadrian’s Wall to north Africa, from the Atlantic coast to the Aegean Sea. Latin – the really easy-to-learn language.
OK, it isn’t so easy to compose verse in Latin. But it’s not so hard to learn the construction of a Latin sentence, and to begin to understand the lines of even a complex master like Virgil.
In this second part of Harry Mount’s Latin course, you will build on the knowledge acquired in Part One to start producing more complicated clauses, including the direct question, the dreaded ablative absolute and the gerund and gerundive.
Harry is a journalist, author and and pundit who writes for the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator and many other publications. His books include the best-selling Amo, Amas, Amat: How to Become a Latin Lover (Short Books) and Harry Mount’s Odyssey: In the Footsteps of Ancient Greece (Bloomsbury). He also contributes a Latin column teaching the Oldie magazine. In the Idler Academy Latin course, he will be your teacher and guide.
This is the second part of a three part course. We recommend you watch Part One, which covers the five declensions of nouns and the four conjugations of verbs, to get started.