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09-10-2007, 04:04 PM
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Lively LatinBrief description of product/service:
Elementary beginning Latin course with integrated Roman History and English Grammar and derivatives from Latin words and roots. The history is adapted from "Famous Men of Rome," with integrated art and character study. The program is geared to children from approximately 3rd to 6th grade. Although the program is secular in nature, both Classical and Ecclesiastical pronunciation audio files are provided. This is a parts to whole approach.
It is suitable for homeschooling parents with little or no Latin.Store/Site of purchase:http://www.livelylatin.comPrice:
$55 for the beta version (online only)How long have you used this product/service?
There are to be 16 lessons, each designed to last about 2 weeks. The only area in which I find it to be weak (though admittedly this is by design) is in Latin vocabulary; it appears that fewer than 200 words are covered by the end of the course. However, first and second declension nouns (I'm not sure how many cases are utilized; all are memorized), imperfect and future verb tenses, and adjectives (I'm not sure about adverbs) are covered.Quality:
This is an excellent introduction to Latin for young children. DD1 loves this program; its clear, logical progression appeals to her nature.Customer Service/Communication:
Online support and forums for users of the program.Would you purchase this product/service again?
Yes.Have you made a complaint to the company about the product/service? If yes, please provide details of any resolution or lack thereof.
No complaints, but I have submitted errata. This is a beta product replete with typos, but the program's author is responsive and updates the product frequently in anticipation of its completion.Additional Comments:
I'm not sure when the final version will be released, or in what format. I'll update here when appropriate. According to the author, lessons for Lively Latin II (? -- not sure what it will be called) will start appearing in March 2008.I give it (How many thumbs up out of five?):