Latin Grammar I, Lesson 05. Of Nouns

1. Nomen est pars orationis, quae casus habet neque tempora adsignificat, ut musa, dominum. A Noun is a part of speech, which has case and does not signify time, as musa (a muse), dominus (a master). The first of the parts of speech we will learn of is the Noun. In modern Grammar books, we may be taught that a noun is a “person, place or thing”, but that is not a true definition. We see two characteristics identified in this definition–one positive and one negative. Positively, a noun has cases. That distinguished a noun from the four undeclined parts … Continue

Latin Grammar I, Lesson 02. The Parts of Speech

Return to Study Center Introduction In our first lesson, we studied the letters and sounds of the Latin language. At the end of that lesson, we learned that letters are used to make syllables, syllables are used to make words, and words are used to make sentences, or speech (oratio). Words are the “parts of speech”, and to make sentences, we must learn how to use words correctly. We study this in “Etymology”, which is the second part of Grammar. Unfortunately, there are thousands of words, and this is no easy task. Thankfully, though there are thousands of words, they … Continue

Studying Latin Grammar in Latin

When I started researching classical education, the first thing I noticed was that the old Latin Grammar textbooks taught the Grammar in Latin. The first textbook I studied was William Lily’s “Brevissima Institutio” which was the textbooks Shakespeare studied when he was a child and referred to in several of his plays. My Latin skills were weak at that time, having studied in modern Latin programs, and I found it strange (and annoying!) that the Latin textbooks would be written in Latin. Then I realized–our English Grammar books are written in English. Duh. Today, I cannot imagine not teaching Latin … Continue