Latin encompasses both frequency and semantic based vocabulary lists. In addressing the importance of a frequency based list, there is a pre-set list of the three hundred (soon to expand to the one thousand) most commonly used words in Classical Latin, as set out by Paul B. Diederich. These are divided into vocabularies of fifteen words. Students can revise the vocabularies in lists or flashcards, and test themselves on vocabularies in a ‘cloze’ format as many times as necessary. Latin also enables teachers to set up vocabulary tests for students. Separately, to address the importance of semantic based vocabularies, Latin contains automatically generated vocabularies from Classical Latin texts. In its current state, this section has six frequency based vocabulary sets, each focusing on the 600 most common words from a particular text of Latin’s literature collection.
Secondly, there is a section with digitally generated vocabularies from Classical Latin texts. In its current state, there are six vocabularies that focus on core texts, including Horace’s Carmina and Vergil’s Aeneid. Each vocabulary contains the 600 most common words specific the text, divided into forty vocabulary lists comprising fifteen words in frequency order.
The app also contains an extensive literature collection. At present, this comprises thirty-one texts, including Vergil’s Aeneid, Caesar’s Commentarii de Bello Gallico, and Cicero’s In Catilinam. Side-by-side English translations for Latin texts are currently being added.
The exercises section, focuses on consolidating language concepts and patterns through repetition and practice. It holds over fifty grammatical categories into which hundreds of exercises can be organised. Each exercise includes ten or more questions addressing a grammatical point. This might be a question to the effect of: ‘put the following word into the accusative case’, or something more complex, such as: ‘put this verb into the appropriate tense for this context’. The current exercises in the app were uploaded by my former Latin teacher. They were originally intended merely to complement the content of the textbook from which he was teaching, but have recently expanded to cover a broader range of content and grammatical concepts. The success of the exercises section is very much a result of the fact that, being an app, Latin provides each student with immediate feedback on his/her progress.
Latin includes the full Lewis & Short dictionary, as well as a reverse English to Latin search function. This is enhanced by the ability for the app to parse a word to its root form, allowing the app to find even the definition even for the inflected form of a word.
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Latin comprises 20 primary features, all of which exist to augment the learning, teaching, and reading of Latin. If you wish to find out more, read about us on the App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/latin/id718712577?ls=1&mt=8) or send us a message (http://www.latinapp.com/contact/).