Liturgy Institute London

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Intermediate Latin

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Latin Third Experience = Intermediate Latin

Latin Summer Term

15 – 26 August 2022

cover image The Mere Bones of LatinThis intermediate Latin course is suitable for people wanting to continue from the beginners’ course or for re-establishing a past knowledge of Latin. Both people studying for general interest and students preparing to sit a proficiency exam in liturgy or canon law will benefit from this course. Classes are held both weekly during the academic term and daily during the summer term. 

No vocabulary cards! No paradigms to memorize! Just the human, Latin language to understand, write and speak. Learn to pronounce and read Latin from original texts, both ancient, medieval and modern. Learn to compose your own sentences. Instruction given in English. Working patiently, we strive for a clear understanding of what the author originally said. No rushing to impress others, just clear concise understanding. This course is not offered for credit, so there is no exam, just the enjoyment of learning the Latin language.

We use the teaching method of Reginald Foster OCD, retired papal Latinist of forty years, directly from his book Ossa Latinitatis SolaThe Mere Bones of Latin. This is also reflected in the new series by Laura Pooley, Ossa Ostensawhose forthcoming Book 2 corresponds to this intermediate course.

Tutor: Laura Pooley

Dates. Enrol for both weeks 15 – 26 August 2022 (not Saturday – Sunday, 20 – 21 August).

Hours. 3 hours with a break, weekdays.
Precise schedule to be determined depending on the time-zones of participants.

Previous knowledge: The intermediate course presumes an understanding and use of the material presented in the First Experience of Ossa Latinitatis Sola, in particular:

• the verb in all times of the indicative, both active and passive and deponent; 
• nouns and adjectives of all groups in five of their functions (subject; object; of-possession; by-with-from-in; to-for-from)
• commands, active, passive, deponent; 
• personal and reflexive pronouns, conjunctions, relatives, prepositions.

Aims: By the end of this course students will:

1. know the principles of the subjunctive mood of speaking in the Latin language;
2. produce and work with the forms of the subjunctive in Latin;
3. understand numerous uses of the subjunctive
4. render each subjunctive use accurately in English vernacular.
5. recognize the sequence of tenses in Latin texts;
6. produce the forms of the participles and their natural meaning in English;
7. work with the ablative absolute and understand its relation to the whole sentence.

Content: Students learn two main elements of Latin expression: the four participles and the subjunctive with their very many respective usages. The forms and natural meaning of the four participles are clearly presented along with their several usages especially in the ablative absolute. The principles of the subjunctive and their super-easy forms are presented along with their at times difficult to discern very many usages to express purpose, result, circumstance, cause, concession, characteristic. Relative expressions of each are also considered.

Activities. Each day involves three elements:

1) personal reading of the relevant encounters in the Ossa book,
2) shared encounter with Latin texts and Latin authors from many ages and
3) the ludi domestici (domestic games = self-study) completed privately and reviewed in common.


♦ SIMPSON, D.P. Cassell’s latin Dictionary, Macmillan, New York 1959 or equivalent, including a small English to Latin section. A pocket dictionary is not sufficient.

♦ FOSTER, R.T., – D.P. MCCARTHY, Ossa Latinitatis Sola ad mentem Reginaldi rationemqueThe Mere Bones of Latin according to the thought and system of Reginald, (Latinitatis Corpus 1), Catholic University of America Press, Washington DC 2016. Available in October from the publisher or from or from

Recommended chapter:

FOSTER, R.T. – D.P. MCCARTHY, “Collectarum latinitas”, Appreciating the Collect: An Irenic Methodology (DREI, AL : LA 1), ed. J.G. Leachman – D.P. McCarthy, St. Michael’s Abbey Press, Farnborough, England 2008.Foster, R.T. – D.P. McCarthy, “Collectarum latinitas”, 27-56. Available from the publisher.

Canon Law Students at KU Leuven may take these summer courses and study Latin online in two sessions weekly throughout the academic term to prepare for two proficiency exams at KU Leuven. Intermediate Latin, will prepare them to take the sufficiency exam for Christian Latin (A08A0A), which covers about the first 25 chapters of Collin’s Primer of Ecclesiastical LatinProficient Latin for Liturgists, which also considers canonical texts regarding liturgy, along with Readings Cicero’s Letters will prepare students for the advanced Latin exam at KU Leuven.

Students for personal interest: There are no exams, just the enjoyment of learning Latin.

Enrol: Enquire and Enrol by contacting the Registrar at this linked E-mail address.

Contact: To schedule a visit write to the Registrar and Course Coordinator:

Clare Cogswell, Registrar
Benedictine Institute
74 Castlebar Road, Ealing, London W5 2DD, UK
enquiries: +44 (0)20 8862 2156
E-mail Clare, the Registrar at this linked E-mail address.
Location on Google Maps is found here.

Note: Students must be over 18 years of age.

Travel – Accommodation:

Students must have reached 18 years of age.

Non-residential students may enrol in both weeks or for the first week only.

Limited accommodation is available in Ealing Abbey house for guests for students enrolled for both weeks.

Residential students may arrange to arrive on Saturday 13 or Sunday 14 August or before the course begins on Monday 15 August 2022.

Residential students may arrange to depart depart after their last session on Friday 26 August or on the next day, Saturday 27 August.

More information on travel to Ealing by air, train or metro and on accommodation at or near Ealing Abbey is available on this web-site under the button: “Registragion”.

© D. McCarthy, updated 29 January 2022 by DM.