Da quando lo scorso anno ho conosciuto ed ho iniziato il corso di latino con Classics at home, ogni settimana è stata una sorpresa: per il metodo usato e per il contenuto offerto, di una qualità veramente notevole. Si capisce che dietro al vostro progetto, non solo ci sono eccellenti professionisti dell'insegnamento, ma anche ottimi studiosi e persone appassionate della materia e con un gran bagaglio culturale. Tutto ciò ci motiva come alunni e fa sembrare il nostro percorso più ameno e sopratutto ancora più interessate.
In particolare, Carlos, ammiro la tua capacità di trasmetterci la lingua latina nei suoi molteplici aspetti: per questo le tue lezioni diventano momenti di grande arricchimento. In una società dove tutto va veloce e tutto si consuma rapidamente, le nostre lezioni di latino sono un momento di calma, una finestra che si affaccia su una mondo affascinante, da osservare e da esplorare con passione.
Matteo Bellardi, Italia
There are lots of reasons to learn Latin or classical Greek – Ann Patty mentions 40 in this post of her blog. In my case, I’ve always loved History and Classical Cultures and learning those languages meant building a link, a personal union with ancient Greece and Rome, a connexion through time with History. I wanted to be able to speak, read and write as Socrates and Platon, Julius Caesar and Marcus Aurelius did. Even Immanuel Kant in late XVIII century was taught philosophy in Latin, and he could write fluently in that language! (e.g. his De mundi sensibilis atque intelligibilis forma et principiis.)
I decided to start with Latin. I, as most in my generation, had studied it during a couple of years at High School. But having moved to a totally different field in my degree and later during my professional life, Latin was left behind as so many things we loved during our teenage years. A few years ago I made the first try as the offer of online classes of classical languages was growing, but after a few not too productive months I quit once more. I had good teachers, but they were using the traditional grammar-first approach, which I had already been using at High School, where you try to read more or less complex sentences as you’d solve a "crossword puzzle". You find the nouns and identify their cases then the adjectives which could go with the nouns and look for the verbs, trying to fit all the parts together and hoping it all makes sense. That approach was not going to work for me. A few years later, natural-language systems pop-up and being discussed on several self-learning web pages. The emphasis in this approach is to learn to speak and read Latin or Greek as the everyday languages they were. As you can read on this link and with more detail, a bit of fun and the deep insight of a Latin teacher on the book “La extraña odisea” by Carlos Martínez Aguirre, these methods promised was what I was looking for, learn Latin as you’d learn any other foreign language, as it’d be learnt by the children at the Roman Republic. So the method I was going to use was decided, “Lingua Latina per se illustrata” developed by Hans H. Ørberg and the only piece pending to start studying was some help and support to fit learning Latin in the usual terribly busy schedule of a working IT professional, husband and father of two quite active children.
Carlos and Gonzalo at Classics at home provide exactly that, using the great method of Hans H. Ørberg and with every tool we can find on the Internet today, they built a learning plan perfectly adapted to my needs: online distance classes via Skype at flexible hours, permanent email contact, youtube videos, podcasts, books recommendations, magazines and other publications, summer Latin immersion courses, webs and thousands of online resources…the only limit is the time you can spend, and in my case, although “Lingua Latina” is a great system to self-learning, following it with Carlos and Gonzalo helps me to stick to the agenda and to avoid procrastination and not falling behind when things and problems happen, as they do on a daily basis and you find that your objective has been forgotten as any other new-year resolution. In the few months I’ve been studying Latin with Classics at home I’ve learnt much more than I did during those two full courses at High School, and I’m looking forward the next classes, what I never did back then, because progress is constant. Faster or slower, depending on the time you can dedicate, as time is limited and sometimes it’s simply not enough, but thank you to Carlos and Gonzalo the objective of speaking, reading and writing in Latin is not only possible but also at the reach of anyone. Sapere aude
Luis Balaguer, City of Brussels
Carlos, en ti he encontrado a un profesor que disfruta dando clase; que se preocupa por transmitir no sólo conocimiento sino también ilusión por la materia; que proporciona materiales y recursos que facilitan el aprendizaje; que es metódico y atiende a las necesidades particulares de cada alumno; que aprovecha lo que aprende con sus alumnos para mejorar sus clases; que repite incansablemente una y otra vez lo que al alumno le cuesta aprender; que no sólo sabe sino que también sabe enseñar lo que sabe... Pero lo que más me ha llamado la atención y lo que más me admira de ti es tu constante esfuerzo por aprender. Cómo has reconocido tu ignorancia después de la carrera (lo más difícil), cómo has hecho una crítica del sistema educativo, cómo has investigado métodos alternativos de aprendizaje, cómo te has aplicado a ellos y cómo has conseguido aprender por tu cuenta lo que debería haberte dado la universidad. Y esa actitud no la dejas ni siquiera en las clases, porque cuando no sabes algo lo investigas, y hay veces en las que incluso aprendes junto a los alumnos.
Román Pozuelo, Castilla La Mancha
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