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Comment by Nicholas Joseph on August 22, 2013 at 6:40pm
The best way, I would say, to learn Latin is to first get a book from the library or simply google the Latin noun chart (just type it into google) and look at how there are different declensions and different categories printed to the side. Don't worry about what the different declensions mean so much, but start to get familiar with the terms on the side of the chart (I.e. Nomnative case, accusative, dative, ablative, vocative..) In Latin, these tell you how the word is used in the sentence. For instance, if the noun is a direct object in the sentence, it's ending will be of the accusative case, under the noun's correct declension (each noun is assigned one). This is the basis for understanding the Latin nouns in a sentence (no there is no word order, though verbs do generally come at the end of a clause. Now for verbs. There are different tenses just like in English, each with their own set of "personal endings". These personal endings are distinct to the tense and to what "person" is "doing" the verb. So if you with to say " I love you," it would be "Te Amo" because "Te" is in the accusative case as it is a direct object and amare ( "to love") has an -o ending because it is "I" who love you. If he/she loves you, then the verb would become "amat", and so on through the different persons. For each of the tenses, there is one personal ending for the "I", you, he/she, we, y'all, and they, persons. If you look up present tense personal verb endings, I'm sure you will find a chart, but that is the basic idea. For adjectives in a sentence, you will generally find they have the same ending as the noun. Now there are lots more constructions you can learn as you read, but that will get you started. I would suggest first going through Catullus's poems, as many are short and not terribly difficult. You will find he uses relatively simple words and no funky constructions. The prose is also rather pretty. Good luck! (by the way, it so far has been the easiest language of English, German, Spanish, and Irish gaelic to learn.)
Comment by Elliott Jason Ridgway on April 20, 2012 at 2:49am

Hey Michael Teague...

I have found www.sermonaudio.com to be a useful resource for my own studies in Theology... There are thousands of free downloadable sermons in audio or written format, organized by topic, speaker, or Bible verse... From Classical Puritans to Contemporary Evangelicals... It tends to lean to the conservative side of the spectrum... I recommend Dr. Phil Fernandes... he was a Marine & Navy Chaplain with a  Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion, & does 12 part studies on just about every subject related to the Christian worldview.

Comment by crandles on April 20, 2012 at 1:43am
Coursera just added a bunch of new courses, bringing the total up to about 40. Their courses come from Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and Michigan, mostly--it seems. http://coursera.org/
Comment by crandles on February 19, 2011 at 9:56pm
In addition to iTunes U there are sites that show which universities have their courses on line to listen or to watch.  One place you can start with is www.diyscholar.wordpress.com  The author adds new courses as she find them and offers comments on them.  The majority of these you can listen/watch just on your computer with no need to have an iPod.
Comment by Jonathan Whitaker on December 11, 2010 at 10:40pm

My goodness! There are others like me who study what others consider pointless! 

 

I'm home! 

Comment by Todd Serveto on June 18, 2010 at 10:46am
Michael---please post a link to The Theology Program you are studying from. I'd really like to look at it, but thetheologyprogram.com doesn't work. Fascinating study, by the way, and it's super that you can do it by yourself, on-line.
Comment by Michael Teague on April 29, 2010 at 1:55am
I understand your point. I do my best not to be close minded. I have my personal beliefs but I don't allow them to limit my exposure to other viewpoints. I have personal reason for the study right now, trying to answer some questions that were directed to me about it.
Comment by Michael Teague on April 28, 2010 at 2:08am
Fabrizio we are just going to have to agree to disagree on the usefulness of studying Christian Theology. For me this important. I have no problem with your belief that there is no God and that you don't feel that what I am chose to learn is useful. I will look into the Teaching Company program. I sure there is much to learn about other theologies that will be interesting.
Comment by Michael Teague on April 27, 2010 at 3:02am
Hello guys, spend a lot time trying to learn new things. Currently working on a theology program from The Theology Program.com.
Comment by Chris on April 13, 2010 at 2:57pm
THe Teaching Company does have some good stuff. I recommend American Ideals: Founding a Republic of Virtue
 

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