By common assent we're reviving the study of Latin Grammar
by Scanlon & Scanlon. Many thanks to piusx1914
who had the original idea (but had to bow out due to family concerns - I'm sure he would appreciate any prayers sent his way) and christus imperat
who took the initiative to revive the thread (and who is off until March 30, 2011 or so).Why Scanlon?
Because it's designed to enable the student to read the traditional Latin Missal and Breviary once the text has been completed. The book was written in 1944, so substantial similarities to the missal and breviary of 1962.Why a group?
Because Scanlon is not easy to study alone, and only a partial answer key exists.
Here is what I suggest (all of which is open to discussion by members actively participating in the study):Step 0. Purchase a copy of the book! (Or locate the one you've purchased...)
It's available thru Amazon or TAN (the publisher)
TAN Bookshttps://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/page/shop:flypage/product_id/91/keywords/scanlon/Step 1. Commit to the plan!
There are 20 Lessons in the book. The previous suggestion was to take two weeks to complete a lesson. Therefore I suggest we redo (or do) the First Lesson starting now and ending on Saturday, April 9, 2011 (to end on a Saturday) and from there do a lesson every two weeks, thus:Lesson 1 start
Friday, March 25, 2011 end
Saturday, April 9, 2011Lesson 2 start
Sunday, April 10, 2011 end
Saturday, April 23, 2011Lesson 3 start
Sunday, April 24, 2011 end
Saturday, May 7, 2011Lesson 4 start
Sunday, May 8, 2011 end
Saturday, May 21, 2011Lesson 5 start
Sunday, May 22, 2011 end
Saturday, June 4, 2011Lesson 6 start
Sunday, June 5, 2011 end
Saturday, June 18, 2011Lesson 7 start
Sunday, June 19, 2011 end
Saturday, July 2, 2011Lesson 8 start
Sunday, July 3, 2011 end
Saturday, July 16, 2011Lesson 9 start
Sunday, July 17, 2011 end
Saturday, July 30, 2011Lesson 10 start
Sunday, July 31, 2011 end
Saturday, August 13, 2011Lesson 11 start
Sunday, August 14, 2011 end
Saturday, August 27, 2011Lesson 12 start
Sunday, August 28, 2011 end
Saturday, September 10, 2011Lesson 13 start
Sunday, September 11, 2011 end
Saturday, September 24, 2011Lesson 14 start
Sunday, September 25, 2011 end
Saturday, October 8, 2011Lesson 15 start
Sunday, October 9, 2011 end
Saturday, October 22, 2011Lesson 16 start
Sunday, October 23, 2011 end
Saturday, November 5, 2011Lesson 17 start
Sunday, November 6, 2011 end
Saturday, November 19, 2011Lesson 18 start
Sunday, November 20, 2011 end
Saturday, December 3, 2011Lesson 19 start
Sunday, December 4, 2011 end
Saturday, December 17, 2011Lesson 20 start
Sunday, December 18, 2011 end
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Wow, that works out nicely! Didn't even plan that! ;DStep 2. Start the work!
Crack open your book and get going! This is really a key point. Step 3. Ask Questions!
If (and when) you hit roadblocks, post questions
in the thread which will be created to discuss each chapter. We'll revive the threads for lessons 1 and 2 and thereafter create a new thread for lessons 3 thru 20. If you have tips and tricks, feel free to share! A community of distance learners will be a strong motivation for us all to get thru this material. Here is the lesson one thread:http://catholicforum.fisheaters.com/index.php/topic,3434528.0.html
When you have time, try to take a look through the entire lesson 1 thread and the original and revival threads - some great tips and tricks have already been shared:
Original thread - http://catholicforum.fisheaters.com/index.php/topic,3433751.0.html
Revival thread - http://catholicforum.fisheaters.com/index.php/topic,3437543.0.htmlStep 4. Post your answers!
We will be creating a new thread, separate from each lesson's discussion thread for folks to post their answers. We'll also post whatever answers exist from the online answer key. Even if your answers are identical to those of others, feel free to post... there is a sense of accomplishment in doing so! ;D If anything is unclear or your answers differ from ones posted, ask for clarifications in the discussion thread. The idea is to keep the answer thread "uncluttered".
Lesson 1 answer thread - http://catholicforum.fisheaters.com/index.php/topic,3437703.0.htmlStep 5. Pray!
We are placing this effort under the patronage of Saint Benedict. Ask for his assistance in time of discouragement and frustration. My personal goal in learning Latin is to pray the 1962 Breviary so there is indeed an immense spiritual benefit to the study of Latin. But anything worthwhile comes with effort! Yet when priorities are in the right place and God's help is sought, we can accomplish great things."Therefore, let nothing be preferred to the Work of God."
-- St. Benedict, Rule of St Benedict, Chapter 43"Ergo nihil operi Dei præponatur."
-- REGULA S.P.N. BENEDICTI, Caput 43"Precisely in the multiplicity of languages and cultures, Latin, for so many centuries the vehicle and instrument of Christian culture, not only guarantees continuity with our roots but continues to be as relevant as ever for strengthening the bonds of unity of the faith in the communion of the Church"
-- Pope Benedict XVI, 2005, quoting himself as Cardinal Ratzinger in 1997.
P.S. We invite all those knowledgeable in Latin to chime in with help and assistance... it will be much appreciated, and probably needed at multiple points along our journey! Actiones nostras, quaesumus Domine, aspirando praeveni et adiuvando prosequere: ut cuncta nosta oratio et operatio a te semper incipiat et per ta coepta finiatur. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
Go before us, O Lord, we beseech Thee, in all our doings with Thy gracious inspiration, and further us with Thy continual help, that every prayer and work of ours may begin from Thee, and by Thee be duly ended. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.