I'm Magister Gallagher, and I'll be responsible for convincing you that you can speak Latin! I know, it sounds scary, but I promise it isn't nearly as bad as you think. You already know Latin. I just have to help you learn to start speaking it. The Romans used Latin to communicate in their daily lives; Latin wasn't just for elaborate speeches and epics. It's easy to forget that. We spend so much time reading Ovid, Virgil, and friends that we sometimes forget that your plebs were having conversations about things like what to buy in the forum in Latin too!
I've titled my class Latina Loquenda. In English, that's Latin Must Be Spoken! My class will be preparing you for all sorts of full and partial immersion activities. I don't want to tip my hand too early with what all I have planned, but I promise that you'll have fun with what is in store. My goal is to make Latin be more than just words on a page to you. I want you to feel like Latin is alive. You'll be doing things with Latin instead of just reading.
I assume that you have absolutely no experience speaking Latin. We'll start from square one and work our way up slowly. The goal is to communicate. That doesn't mean your grammar needs to be perfect. It doesn't mean you have to be eloquent. You just have to get the job done. Many people are intimidated by the idea of speaking Latin, but if you come in with an open mind and you give it your best effort, I promise you'll succeed.
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