Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com
Lingua Angelica is a treasure for any parent longing to equip their children with an intuitive understanding of the language. 24 Latin songs, mainly hymns are found in the Song Book along with brief histories noting the significance of each selection, and four Latin prayers, even pre-schoolers will benefit from internalizing the structures of Latin through memorization of the performances on the Lingua Angelica CD.Once familiarity with cases and declensions is gained through formal study, students can venture into the course workbooks where they will tackle translation, parsing, and vocabulary drills to the extent that their skill levels permit. Split into two levels, Lingua Angelica provides six years of supplementary Latin translation exercises, of which Lingua Angelica I covers the first three.A suggested memorization schedule and teacher suggestions for working with students in accordance with their abilities are provided in the Teachers Manual along with a copy of the Student Book with complete answers, and a handy reference section including a respectable number of grammar charts.As the materials produced by course publishers Memoria Press are Roman Catholic in nature, there are two selections that Protestants may choose to omit from their studies Ave Maria and Stabat Mater Dolorosa the lengthiest of the included selections.The hymns and prayers are presented using the Ecclesiastical system of Latin pronunciation with the songs performed a capella by a six person choir. The recording is embued with a full, rich tinging tone, and is quite lovely. It may be difficult for listeners unfamiliar with this style of performance to distinguish specific Latin vocabulary words, the Song Book proves most helpful in this regard.The simple structures and God-honouring language of Christian Latin paired with tools for first memorization and then translation mark Lingua Angelica a resource of note for all beginning Latin students young or old.