Languages Were Made to Be Spoken

The student of French of Spanish comes home on the first day having learned to say a few simple phrases. From the first moments in the classroom, they are beginning to speak in another language, taking the step towards thinking with a foreign mind. The Latin student could be excused for coming home on the first day with the firm conviction that not only will they never speak this language, but that it is in fact fundamentally unspeakable (pun intended).

And yet, this language was spoken fluently across Europe for centuries, and was capable of handling not just complex philosophical, theological, and scientific ideas, but also was able to be used to train a dog, to get the children to do the chores, and to buy the groceries. Ancient languages may be more complicated than modern languages, but they are still first of languages.

In this week-long course, your child will be introduced to spoken Latin. They will learn everyday phrases, much like their counterparts in the modern languages do. But through games, scripted dialogues, English to Latin translation, and active listening, they will encounter the language as a living form of communication. The result is both empowering and transformative: it makes reading Latin easier, and it makes Latin about so much more than 2000 year old texts.

Students ages 12-18 who have had at least 1 year of formal Latin study are welcome!

Monday - Friday, 4:30 - 6:00 pm (CDT)
October 24 - 28, 2022

Registration deadline October 21, 2022

$120 / student

To learn more about the value of spoken Latin to your child's study, see my video on natural language learning:

  • Latin Boot Camp 1 was so fun! Mr. Junius used gloriously fun activities to explain concepts applying not just to Latin but to all of language. He broadened my conception of language as a whole. Latin Boot Camp was engaging and entertaining; it has made me eager not just to learn Latin, but to explore it as a wonderful adventure land.

  • 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.