Conversational Latin for Beginners

Conversational Latin for Beginners

*Please note that this course will run only if two or more students enroll.

Course Description: In this course, you will learn how to have simple conversations in Latin! Building up on the passive knowledge of the participants, we will, on the one hand, practice conversing in Latin on various topics, on the other hand, improving your listening comprehension and writing skills. The focus will be on activating your passive vocabulary, learning to use synonyms, and repeat and practice rules of grammatical constructions, so that you will be able to use correct Latin – all this we can achieve through various methods such as image descriptions, games, reading and discussing texts from the “Familia Romana” and, most of all, learning from the best, this is: the Roman authors themselves. There will also be room for bettering your pronunciation, especially in terms of correct vowel and syllable length. The methods can be flexible based on the experience and needs of the participants!


Level: This course is intended for those, who know the basics of Latin grammar, but have no or little experience in speaking Latin.

Textbook:  Instructor will provide materials. As a general information: it is most helpful to read a lot of Latin authors and memorizing as many passages as possible to automatically know grammatical expressions and get a feeling for the language.

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Thursdays, 3:00p.m. U.S. Eastern Time


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Marina Garanin

Salvete omnes, my name is Marina Garanin. Graduated from Heidelberg (Germany) and Oxford, I am currently working on my PhD on Latin translations from Greek at the University of Heidelberg. I taught Latin courses for beginners at the University, also living Latin. I have been practising spoken Latin since the beginning of my studies, and I have been taking part in different Latin (and Greek) speaking events such as the German Septimana Latina, the Schola Aestiva Posnaniensis, the “CAELUM” in Madrid, Living Latin in New York City, “LILIUM” in Florence. Most recently (2022), I participated at the Latin speaking theater festival “Thalia” organized by the Schola Humanistica in Vicenza, Italy. There, I played the part of “Medea” in the tragedy “Medeae Daemones”, in Iambic Trimeters, written by Stefano Vittori, with whom I speak Latin in our every day life. I also write metrical poetry in Latin, some of which are published in the periodical “Vox Latina” from 2019 on; some are awarded with prizes (“Chancellor’s Latin Verse Prize” in Oxford 2017, Certamen Sarbievianum in 2019 and 2021, Certamen “Mimesis – Modernità in Metrica” 2021). In my free time, besides of writing poetry and acting, I like drawing, singing and writing music; also, being a huge dog lover (not having one on my own though), I like reading books about dog behaviour and education. Also, I have a Latin YouTube channel (Musa Pedestris) where you can find poetry recitations, latin vlogs, livestreams, and other videos on Latin.