Comenius - Vestibulum to the Latin Language- 2h51m
This text is a pleasant introduction to the Latin language, and would also benefit more experienced students, who may have a very limited range of vocabulary. Read in Latin-English-Latin , with a second read-through in Latin only, for revision and consolidation. If you ever want to be able to read any Latin text,from any era, then mastering Comenius' material is an important part of the process - it will certainly speed things up for you, if you broaden your vocabulary using his materials.
The Vestibulum - read here in the restored classical pronunciation of Latin - gives an essential foundation in the core root words of Latin, enough to begin to start to speak about some things, and to read a variety of very simple texts. The Romans themselves used simple dialogues and fables to teach their children, or foreigners ( we have textbooks from the second century for teaching Latin to Greeks) - so throwing out this model, an eminently sensible one of slowly increasing complexity of the texts, aiming at fluency in 5 to 6 years - has lead to an entire generation being unable to read Latin without translating it into the vernacular in their heads, and poorly equipped to express themselves in the language.
Comenius' Vestibulum imitates these ancient Roman educational texts, as do his grammar texts, which are written in a pleasant , clear and light-hearted Latin style.
The Vestibulum contains a vocabulary of 1000 root words. pdf scan of original text in English and Latin is included.