If you are interested in learning Latin, taking a Boulder Latin course with Varsity Tutors could be just what you need to get started. Whether you are interested in learning Latin as a new hobby, taking a college class at the University of Colorado-Boulder, or even taking a high school class at Boulder High School, a Latin class can meet your needs.
It can be an intimidating experience to take up a new language, even if you already know a few concepts. You might feel even more intimidated if learning in a traditional classroom is not your favorite way to learn. One of the most important aspects to mastering a new language is having time to practice using the language. If you decide to take a Boulder Latin course, you will be given plenty of opportunities to practice speaking and writing Latin in a learning environment led by a knowledgeable instructor.
The Latin language was founded in central Italy, where Rome is located. The Romance languages, including Romanian, Italian, French, Portuguese, and Spanish, come from Latin roots. Division in the Latin language began to form when the Romans started developing literature. There are two types of Latin: Classical and Vulgar. Classical Latin was more formal and elegant. It was also influenced by Greek in grammar, vocabulary, and style. Vulgar Latin was a popular form of spoken language. The Romance languages came from Vulgar Latin. Many soldiers and colonists spoke Vulgar Latin in the Roman Empire. Vulgar Latin lacks the elegance and formality that is in Classical Latin.
Latin is a dead language, meaning no society uses Latin as their spoken language. Latin was a living language in the Middle Ages and in the early modern period. Attempts were made in the 17th century to restore Latin, but the attempts failed as vernacular languages like English, Italian, and French rose in popularity. As society changed, Latin was used less and less. Once the 19th century came along, vernacular languages took over entirely. Latin survived in Vatican City, where it is the official language, and Latin is also the official language of the Roman Catholic church. The roots of Latin still serve as the basis of terms in science and technology as well. Even though Latin is considered to be a dead language, the Roman alphabet is still used today. Many popular languages, like English, use it. The Roman alphabet used to only have 23 letters. They did not use v, w, or j.
There are still many reasons for Latin to be studied. Parts of the language are still used in legal studies, medicine, theology, and scientific research. If you have a job in these areas or aspire to someday, studying Latin can help boost your credentials. Latin is also a great starter language, as lots of other languages stem from Latin. Taking a Boulder Latin course could help you gain skills in Latin.
What will a Boulder Latin course cover?
A wide variety of different topics will be covered in your Boulder Latin course. Many Latin learners find it easy to learn how to pronounce words. This is because many English words originate from Latin. Some Latin words are even identical to English words. For example, the Latin word "rapidus" means "rapid", the Latin word "finis" means "to finish", and the Latin word "affirmo" means "to affirm". As you can probably tell, these words are very similar.
One concept that can be hard for English speakers to understand is inflection. The endings of words, or inflections, are necessary to understand the relationship of words to each other and, therefore, to discern the meanings of sentences in Latin. This can be hard for English speakers because, in English, the order of words is used to understand what is happening in a sentence. For example, the sentence "The mom is driving the children" is different than "The children are driving the mom". Latin language learners will need to know to look at the end of sentences to know the meaning instead of at the word order. Some other topics of discussion are common phrases, Latin history, and much more. With a Boulder Latin class, you will have access to the information you need to learn Latin.
How will a Boulder Latin class help me learn?
If you decide to take a Boulder Latin class, you will see firsthand how convenient and engaging the classes are. When you take a Latin class, you will learn from an expert instructor, alongside classmates that will be with you in real time. All of our classes are held online in a virtual classroom, which provides you with the best parts of a traditional class like discussions and opportunities to speak and write the language. This allows you to expand your Latin skills. You will also be able to work together with your fellow classmates on ideas you may not totally understand. Learning from classmates can be a fun way to learn new information.
Plus, if you still do not quite understand a topic, you can always ask your instructor for help. You can request to have one-on-one time with them. This is a great time for you to take advantage of your teacher's expertise, especially if you feel like you are behind.
Latin classes are also convenient because you will have the opportunity to choose from many sessions. New classes start on a monthly basis and you can choose between two-week and four-week classes. Plus, the convenience of online classes can't be beaten. Since you attend classes virtually, you can skip the hassle of commuting through traffic and struggling to find a parking place - just open up your laptop, and you're there.
How can I sign up for a class?
If you want to enroll in a Boulder Latin class or learn more, contact Varsity Tutors either online or on the phone. Our educational consultants can answer any questions you may have about scheduling, the topics a class might cover, and more. We look forward to hearing from you!
Keila: Boulder Latin course instructor
...with a focus in Spanish and a minor in Education. Since I graduated, I started a coaching program at a middle school and I have eleven years of teaching experience with students from all ages. I have traveled abroad and I have worked with a very diverse group of students from Mexico, Ukraine, and within the U.S. As a teacher, I received a National Award for Teachers awarded to teachers selected by their students from...
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Johnny: Boulder Latin course instructor
...as well as privately tutoring students of all grade levels from early elementary up to graduating bachelor's. My primary focus is physics and mathematics, but I have plenty of experience and great confidence with all subject areas from elementary to early college. Growing up as the second oldest in a family of ten meant I was always there to help my younger siblings and cousins with their homework and test studies, and when my social...
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Elizabeth: Boulder Latin course instructor
...most of that time teaching. Before that I got my B.A. at Bryn Mawr College. I've previously taught Latin and Greek as foreign languages, Latin and Greek literature in translation, and Roman and Greek history and culture. It's important to me to teach my students skills as well as content; students don't just come to class to memorize charts of Latin verbs, they're also there to learn things like what sort of studying approaches work...
Samuel: Boulder Latin course instructor
...Sam - I'm a Geographer and Data Science professional, and all around nerd who loves talking and learning about mathematics, sciences, geography, and languages. I have experience with tutoring and teaching throughout my life, and with a Bachelors and a Masters I have much experience with studying, learning, critical thinking, and testing. I'm a curious person and look forward to engaging with your learning style and goals. Thank you for reading and please contact me...
Rebecca: Boulder Latin course instructor
...to studying Classics because of my desire to get as close to the roots of the words I use as possible. I strongly believe in the continued study of Greek and Latin, not as esoteric and archaic subjects, but as tools that fundamentally inform our relationship to language, history, and thought. Learning the languages allowed me to read texts in their intended form, which is a deeply enriching experience. I am also a great lover...
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Claire: Boulder Latin course instructor
...learning have always been my foremost passions, and I seek to share those passions with students who have a similar desire to grow. Through developing one-on-one tutoring relationships, I hope to find the natural strengths every students possesses to further their understanding of subjects they wish to understand better. My compassion, enthusiasm, and love for knowledge all contribute to my love of teaching and tutoring, and I hope to share those with eager students.... My teaching philosophy revolves around learning a student's strengths and gearing instruction around those. So many students never receive the specific attention and learning they need, and therefore never understand subjects to their full potential. I work to understand a student's natural abilities and stretch their knowledge using gifts they already possess.
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Brian: Boulder Latin course instructor
...understand where their mistakes are! I have been a high school math teacher since 2005 and have taught and tutored every level of math from Pre-Algebra through College Calculus including IB math and AP Calculus! I know I can help any math student be successful!! I start by seeing what the student knows and then working from there to create understanding on the math they are learning. I believe in showing the student what to...
Robert: Boulder Latin course instructor
...understand what is best about Western Civilization and challenge them to compare and contrast various cultures. An emphasis that runs though every subject is Moral Philosophy. This connects the dots of prior thinkers as they lead to our present day, our values, our worldview. To understand where we are, we must understand from whence we have come. This often includes tracing the thoughts of such philosophers as Plato and Aristotle through Marcus Aurelius, Augustine, Aquinas,...
Juliana: Boulder Latin course instructor
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David: Boulder Latin course instructor
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