I was following up a link in today's Explorator, and found some of those adverts that seem to be automatically selected to match keywords in an article.
The article was one by William Safire in the New York Times that took as its starting point the Horace remark about even Homer nodding. The advertisements were for distance learning of Latin (here, if you are interested), a bookseller (online) offering Latin dictionaries, a free download that claims to help you learn Latin (it's here, and I seem to remember downloading it once and finding that it consisted of lists of vocab – but I may be wrong), and a CD of songs for learning Latin.
It was this last ad. that caught my attention. I clicked on the link and found this blurb:
We have taken the most essential Latin rules, endings, vocabulary, and forms and created 29 songs set to familiar tunes to enable your students to easily memorize declension endings, conjugation rules, and more. More fun than recitation, and easier to remember, the Latin Memory Songs include:
Latin grammar chart paradigm
- Noun endings for 1st through 5th declensions
- Verb endings and conjugation rules for 1st through 4th conjugations, Present & Perfect Tense
- Irregular verbs Sum and Possum, Present and Perfect tenses
- Preposition cases
- Relative, Possessive, Demonstrative, and Reflexive Pronouns
- 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Person Pronouns
- 3rd Declension noun genders
- Special “ius” adjectives
- Cardinal Numbers
A CD accompanies each Song Book, demonstrating how each song is sung.
I have used songs for teaching declensions myself, so if I were teaching in a classroom I'd be tempted to investigate this disc.
In fact, I think I might put one or more of my songs on line, in case others might find them amusing/useful. I have been thinking of using midi files. We'll see.
The blurb for this CD calls the songs:
So catchy, our four-year-old sings them around the house. So easy to memorize, your student will learn at an amazing pace…and Latin may become the best part of the day!
I happen to have just returned from conducting a performance in church of a Passion musical called 'Jerusalem Joy', with singers from the age of 4 to 70+. The children, their parents and grandparents told me, had been going round the house singing the songs by heart. So I quite believe the blurb.
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