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My children LOVE your videos…. where were you 14 years ago when I started homeschooling?
My 13 y/o daughter and 12 y/o son are learning tons and ENJOYING learning Latin. Just enough info without going overboard and no jingles which my son really appreciates. My husband was impressed when after 4 weeks my daughter spouts out in Latin during a conversation together. I would recommend to anyone who likes a no nonsense approach to learning Latin that is engaging. Children are able to complete lessons on their own and require very little support on my end.
My teenagers and I are loving Visual Latin. We attempted a so-called simple home school friendly Latin program a few years ago, but gave up. I never thought we would be able to learn Latin. I assumed I was simply too old myself and that my kids would just need to push through a quick Spanish program through our Florida Virtual School just to get credit on their transcripts. I am so grateful to have found Visual Latin!
The kids (who are starting 4th grade and 3rd grade) are really enjoying their lessons. Visual Latin has been fun and engaging without being too intense for my elementary schoolers.
Okay, My 14 yo son just told me he has learned more in 2 lessons of VL than he learned in 2 years with Rosetta Stone (online through a school license.) He is starting lesson 5 and is excited about of working with Lingua Latina after Visual Latin because, “now that he is translating for Mr. Thomas he is ready for the challenge of working in a book that is ALL Latin.” Again, this a 14 year old boy who loves video gaming, football… he is a normal teenage boy who now also happens to be REALLY excited about studying Latin! Thank you for a great (and very affordable) program!
We find the instructor very entertaining. He speaks directly to the students and doesn’t is very human. His humor adds to his teaching. His love for learning languages is infectious.
The pace the program moves at is very nice. The variety of lecture, sentence practice, and Latin readings is nice. The short (less than 10 minutes) videos are the perfect length to explain the lesson without being too long and our eyes glazing over. The lessons are very focused and not repetitive to the point of boredom. There is just enough reinforcement to grasp the topic.
Dwane, thanks so much for your Visual Latin curriculum. After trudging through a different Latin program for about a year, my kids were pretty pessimistic. Now, they look forward to learning. Thanks for this practical and light-hearted approach. Our whole family is enjoying the learning.
I must tell you that your approach to teaching Latin is very refreshing! I have a BA in Spanish, and I have been at a loss to find a language program that makes sense to me. Visual Latin is it! Your introductory videos have been very helpful for me to help communicate to my highschooler why I think Latin is so very beneficial. I am hoping to get her interested as well. Thank you again.
After watching just a few videos, my son went from complaining about having to learn Latin to Latin being his favorite subject. He thinks that Dwane is a ‘funny guy’ and that learning Latin is fun. As an adult I was intimidated by the thought of teaching a language I did not know. Dwane has made teaching Latin painless. I’m learning right along with my son.
My 5 yoB, 7 yoB and 10 yoG watched it with me and were mesmerized (ok, so was I). I am a wish-I-had Latin student (5 years of French) and am looking forward to learning Latin with my last 3 children. You were personable, friendly, engaging, funny, memorable and straight-forward. Your teaching style meets all our needs…visual, auditory and with the words on the screen, note-taking becomes kinesthetic learning. I like that it is with out “takes” just like a classroom!
Yesterday we did lesson 2, predicate nominative/adjective. I LOVED it! The English grammar lesson was great and so understandable. It was a great review for the kids. Our English program never gave a good explanation for the difference between linking and helping in the state of being verbs. Dwane’s explanation helped my kids have an “aha” moment.
The download was quick, the visual is clear and the audio is crisp. You are funny, as usual, and entertaining. I’m biased :D I think you’re wonderful!! I also thought the 6 minute short lessons were good as opposed to a much longer lesson for video.
I thought you might find this encouraging and even interesting that I am a 47 year old home schooling mother of two boys, ages 16 and almost 13. I have never studied a second language and neither have our boys – until Visual Latin. Guess what? We’re all three doing this program. I really can’t believe I’m actually studying Latin. I only decided to do this after I decided it would help the older son if he had somebody doing it with him. I had only planned on my 16 year old doing this for his foreign language credits. I’m really actually enjoying this and it gives my brain great exericse – HA! I have been a medical transcriptist working at home for years and knowing lots of medical terms is really coming in handy learning Latin!! Thank you for such a great first experience at learning a foreign language for all three of us.
I think Visual Latin is a great way to learn Latin. The lessons are very basic and easy to understand, because students can learn by hearing Latin and seeing Latin. It’s a very convenient course, because students can watch the lessons at any time and however many times they want to watch them. I also think that many students will enjoy learning via videos. A student can fast forward the video if the lesson is too easy, or a student can rewind the video if they are struggling with understanding the lesson. I think Visual Latin is a very fun and effective way to learn Latin.
Thank you for creating this fantastic course. This is helping me learn Latin along with the kids. We LOVE Dwane’s style of teaching. Can’t speak highly enough…. I now know how to identify predicate nominatives & adjectives PLUS I understand masculine, feminine, neuter endings!! THANK YOU for this wonderful gift.
My 15 yr old dyslexic son announced today, “Mom, I like this new Latin program.” After I recovered from the shock of my life, I asked him what made it different from the two more expensive programs we previously attempted?He described how learning verbs and questions in the first lesson made a huge difference. He likes the fact there are no lengthy vocabulary lists but it is all neatly integrated into the text. He likes the fact he gets to circle the answers and “fix” the sentences. He finally understood the conjugation of “sum” despite being taught this twice before by the other programs.
[Dwane] does an excellent job of teaching since he is a fluent speaker. He also commented that it helps there is no distracting clothing to contend with. He also liked the fact the DVD was much easier to use than the CD-ROM program we attempted previously that required a lot of distracting keyboard entry.
He stated he has to pause the DVD several times to write down his notes but this is not surprising. This child has several “learning disabilities” to contend with – recent testing states he has dyslexia, dygraphia (difficulty writing), ADD that required medication and a 17% processing speed for age. Despite these inherent issues, my son was able to successfully complete Lesson One without the usual frustration and complaints. He was so PLEASED with his accomplishment! He is FINALLY learning a foreign language after five years of failure! While my son uses an English pronunciation, he comprehends the ecclesiastical pronunciation we use at home as well as the DVD. Not sure how this will affect his Spanish studies in the future (did I mention this child is determined to learn Spanish?) but we’ll cross that bridge later. I am guessing the complaint about not learning verbs early on comes from his Rosetta Stone studies…
Thank you so much for putting this program together.
Just finished lesson 30 (Latin I) with my soon-to-be 9 year old. 15 months of blood, sweat and laughs. We’ve been so pleased with this program. I was able to make minor modifications, given his age, but all in all he “gets it” and can translate very well. Looking forward to Latin II! Thank you for providing these programs to the homeschool world.