Add Spoken Latin to Your Language Ability

It's a simple truth: Latin is a language, and was spoken long before it was ever written down. The language developed with an eye (or ear) to oral communication, and this has been its main use for most of its life. To really get inside the mind of Latin, it is necessary to learn to speak it.

Yet this is not often taught, and is generally no part of learning Latin. The reasons are many and not necessarily bad ones; but the fact is that increasing numbers of Latinists are coming to accept that the only thing stopping us from being able to speak this language is our willingness to try.

The ability to speak Latin opens up a deeper and more intuitive understanding when reading Latin texts. It creates new pedagogical opportunities in the classroom. And it make you look really cool at parties.

This course is for adults who wish to take their Latin from the page and put it in their mouths and ears. In just one week you will lay a strong foundation for continuing the practice of developing spoken Latin fluency. You will be prepared to speak about common topics in Latin, and to speak about Latin grammar in Latin. And you will meet partners willing to practice with you moving forward.

Tempus adest: Latine loquamur!

Monday - Friday, 3:30 - 5:00 pm CT
July 1 - 5, 2024

$125 / student
or included in The Latin Package

To learn more about the value of spoken Latin, see my video on natural language learning:

  • The Speak Like a Roman course was incredibly fun and informative. It was super exciting to apply the concepts that I had learned in other Latin courses to speaking in Latin. Dr. Junius made speaking in Latin not terrifying by helping us have discussions amongst ourselves. My favorite part was listening to him speak in Latin and trying to figure out what he was saying. He would describe and give hints about a Latin word in order to get us to understand it without having to hear an English definition. It was like sneaking a game of charades into a school day, except it was even better because it was in Latin.

  • Mr. Junius is a treasure trove of Latin knowledge. He loves the subject and knows it intimately. He oozes that love and his students will pick it up. His class was fast-paced, engaging, and a ton of fun for my son!

  • Mr. Junius has a contagious love and appreciation for Latin. He held my attention, was funny, and very knowledgeable.

  • With humor, intelligent discussion, and deep insights, Junius Johnson gives you more than an overview or introduction to Latin, he inspires you to keep learning hard things while giving you a vision and much fuller picture of Latin.

  • Junius has such a robust understanding of the language, and his passion is contagious. His approach invites parents, educators, and students to re-imagine how they think about Latin, moving from merely transactional to experiential. He’s also not afraid to address many of the “why” questions that all too often go unanswered. Highly recommend!

  • Simply put, Junius Johnson is the best Latin teacher I have ever experienced in my many years of supervising education. He is a true scholar of the Latin language from the classical period to the neo-Latin present; he has success teaching every age and skill level. Junius is compassionate with those who are less gifted than he, but still manages to stretch his students in a friendly and inviting manner. I wholeheartedly recommend him to you as your teacher. Trust me, the encounter will be memorable.