How to Prepare


SEGMENTED TEXTS:

Caput Nonum:
pp. 119-123
pp. 116-119

Caput Octavum:
pp. 112-115
pp. 109-111
pp. 106-108

QUIZZES!

The great new edu20.org
website now has Harrius
Potter quizzes!

Caput Primum:
Noun Identification
Verb Identification
Dictionary Look-Up
Supply the Form
Verum-Falsum

Caput Alterum:
Noun Identification
Verb Identification
Dictionary Look-Up
Supply the Form
Verum-Falsum

Caput Tertium:
Noun Identification
Verb Identification
Dictionary Look-Up
Supply the Form
Verum-Falsum

More quizzes soon!


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Preparation Suggestions

Everybody should get a copy of the book as soon as possible! (For example, from amazon.com.) Until you get a copy of the book, you can print out the segmented readings that arrange the text in a way to make it easier to follow the Latin syntax.

My advice to everyone is read out loud! There is actually a huge advantage to be gained from reading lots of Latin out loud, even if you do not understand the meaning of what you are reading. That is the only way you can get used to the way that Latin sounds, so that you can recognize the sounds patterns and word patterns that make up the language. Think about all the time children spend listening to English before they understand it and before they start speaking. You can still get some of that same "unconscious" benefit yourself from reading and reading and reading out loud.

Some people find it hard to concentrate when reading out loud; if that is a problem for you, then you should copy out the Latin by hand and as you are copying it, say it out loud. For many people, this combination of kinetic and audible practice is really valuable.

My other piece of advice is don't be afraid to use the English version! Part of the pleasure in reading Harrius Potter in Latin is to look carefully at the English version to understand the choices which the Latin translator made. I will not be offended if people bring the English version with them to the meeting... in fact, I will be worried if you don't!

If you are an advanced Latin student, you probably don't need to do any preparation at all! The Latin is not difficult, and you will probably really enjoy sight reading the text at our meetings.

If you are an intermediate Latin student, you will probably benefit from preparing some of the text in advance. The segmented readings will probably be helpful to you! Try reading through the English and the Latin versions sentence by sentence, asking yourself about the choices the translator is making. Are there places where you do not understand the Latin translation? Where the translation looks strange to you? Make a note of that, and we can talk about it in the group!

If you are a beginning Latin student, make sure you use the segmented readings! The finite verbs are marked in bold in this version. Focus on the verbs: getting used to the Latin verb system is one of the most important things you can do. Use the English version to help you follow along, and see if you can understand each verb: what is the dictionary form of the verb? what does it mean? can you figure out who/what is the subject of the verb? do you recognize the tense of the verb (present, future, imperfect, perfect, future perfect, pluperfect)? do you recognize the mood (indicative, subjunctive, imperative)? can you tell if the verb is active or passive? For more help with verbs, check the Online Latin Resources.