Presenting "Latin Word Tools" software for Mac, Windows (and maybe even Linux).DOWNLOAD INFO

I'm a bit of an efficiency freak. I don't want myself or my students to spend too much energy / time reinventing wheels, or flipping through dictionaries. I know some folks believe the best way to learn a word is by meeting it in context. They're right. That's the only way to really learn and understand a word. But it takes quite a few meetings with words (8 or more!) before the word is really learnt. Word cards are much more efficient ways of acquiring vocabulary. Please note that cards are more efficient. Word lists are not so.

So I've made a little program so that you, the busy Latin teacher, can easily make up word cards for the text you are using. Features of the program are:

The program will also tell you what percentage of the words you've chosen make up the text. For example, there are 30 words which occur 10 times or more in Augustus' Res Gestae. Those 30 words make up 24% of the text!
You can also easily omit any word from the list, (et in ad non...), words which are very common, but not difficult to learn.
This program gives you the actual form of the word as it appears in the text, not the dictionary form. So students study the actual word they will meet in the text.

So far, these texts have been formatted: (if your text is not here, let me know)

File title Contents
Caesar DE BELLO GALLICO (books 1 to 4)
Catullus CARMINA
Cicero_Cat IN L. CATILINAM (1 to 4)
Horace_Odes CARMINVM (books 1 to 4)
Livy AB VRBE CONDITA (books I & II )
Ovid_Art ARTIS AMATORIAE (books 1 to 3)
Ovid_Meta METAMORPHOSEN (books 1 to 4)
Vergil AENEID (books 1 to 3)

But wait! There's more!
All of these texts have been indexed and concordances have been built. Clicking on a word in the 'Text' field will hilite it in the 'Index' field where you can see where the word occurs. Clicking on the index field will hilite the word in the 'Text & 'Concordance' fields. A nice thing about the concordance is that you can easily extract example sentences / usage from the text. Just copy and paste into your word-processing program.

Just an idea of what you can do: find, select, copy and paste 10 usages of "in" from Caesar. Make a print. Ask students to underline the noun that goes with "in" and note it's case and perhaps the verb of its clause. Students should realize that "in" + the accusative means motion and + the ablative means location. Total prep time: 10 minutes?

How much would you pay for all this? $50? $30? $19.99 plus shipping & handling? Would you believe it's free? Well, almost. I've spent 20-30 hours working on it. The texts have been gotten from Project Gutenberg and the Latin Library, so those folks deserve a lot of credit, too. So I ask that you send some useful material to me that we can share with everybody. In particular small books that your student's have made (pdf, word, Appleworks, any format is welcome). Please contact me before sending a large file.

Screen shots: here

How to Download:

  1. Get the proper engine for your platform Mac | Windows
  2. Get the Program file (Note Mac users: I've zipped this so our Windows friends can unstuff it. The latest Stuffit program should take care of it)
  3. Unpack and put the engine into the "Latin_Text_Tool" folder
  4. More authors: Download, unpack and put these into the "Files" folder of the "Latin_Text_Tool" folder.
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