These hymns and prayers are so timeless and beautiful that all students begin by memorizing the Latin verses and English translations. Because these hymns are set to music, your students learn them faster and remember them longer than a traditional memory exercise. Lingua Angelica is designed for all ages, so even preschoolers can learn to sing and memorize Latin hymns. Beginning Latin grammar students can also add hundreds of words to their vocabulary and use the workbook as a beginning translation text. More advanced students will study various examples of Latin syntax and grammar by translating the complete hymns.
By learning these hymns and prayers early, students will be introduced to grammar forms and syntax that will help them advance more quickly in their Latin studies. Later, when you introduce ideas like the passive voice or subjunctive, you will be able to point it out in several of the hymns they have already memorized and studied. Your students will understand these concepts faster and better as they realize they already know how to use them. By using these hymns as an introductory translation text, students in our school have made huge leaps forward in their Latin grammar studies and advanced through new material with less frustration and confusion. We wouldn’t conduct a Latin class without it.
Just imagine, in a few short months, your child will be reciting and singing some of the greatest works of Christian and Latin literature. And, to help your pocketbook, the same song book and CD used in Lingua Angelica I are used in Lingua Angelica II. You will only need a new Student Workbook and Teacher Manual. Lingua Angelica II covers more advanced pieces through the same organized and doable method.
Note: This is not a replacement for a Latin grammar course. It is a wonderful translation course for all ages, designed to be used along with any Latin grammar course. (Of course, we recommend First Form Latin.) Also, by having your students memorize and sing the songs in Lingua Angelica, they will have a great head start before they even begin a Latin grammar course.
I purchased this set about 10 years ago for a classroom setting. Now I use it to teach my children during our homeschool time. Upon hearing the a few selections, I have had inquiries on the cd — our deacon included!