Join me, The Muddy Archaeologist, and learn how to read the Latin that is all around us in our modern lives in this engaging and accessible new course.


Share the passion and knowledge and enrich your enjoyment of English words and the Latin that is all around us as you learn Latin in this stunning new course

Learn from the beginning - no experience necessary at all.
No unexplained elite jargon
A friendly and accessible tutor and course, taking you by the hand step by step as you discover how Latin works.
You'll never look at English words or Latin words, phrases, mottoes and inscriptions in the same way again!

This course is sumptuously illustrated with truly beautiful images that help you learn how to read Latin all around us.

This is for YOU:

If you've never touched Latin before in your life, or if you are a rusty Latinist, or just enjoy refreshing your knowledge ...

If you want to read mottoes, inscriptions or spot the Latin and deeper meanings in our English words, or if you simply want to get to grips with the grammar for your own purposes ...  

If you want to learn how to spot Latin around us, and how to use Latin dictionaries to decipher Latin you find for yourself outside the course ...

Then this course is for YOU!

What will you learn?

-   Discover why Latin is still all around us in every part of our modern lives

-   Understand how Latin works: get to grips with nouns and verbs

-  Add colour to your Latin with adjectives and how to spot them and use them

-  How to use a dictionary, both for translation and to enrich your English vocabulary

-  Enjoy a sense of achievement as we take Latin in this uniquely created course that is designed to enlighten you step by step.

You'll soon be seeing the words we use everyday in our modern lives in a whole new, fresh way.


Great Value!     What will you get?

-   15 sumptuously illustrated video sessions taking you through a glorious opener: the history of Latin and why it's still all around us in our modern lives today.  And then into the nuts and bolts of Latin grammar.   What a package!

-   Plus start up session with helpful guides
such as a glossary, and an extra closing Next Steps lesson

-  Downloadable useful handouts and tables

-  Examples from modern mottoes and inscriptions, as well as Latin words and phrases that have survived in use today

-  Learn how to read some very famous ancient quotes - in the original Latin! - that are still remembered today.  

-  Bonus Documents that focus on the origins and deeper meanings of English words derived from Latin.

-  Bonus lesson on The Art of Translation; discover how to really understand both Latin and English words; make them say what you mean, and mean what you say!

-  A FREE LIVE Q&A online session (scheduled at one time, one date each month) with The Muddy Archaeologist with chat box to ask your questions and respond and be part of the Muddy Archaeologist online community.

-  Absolutely no exams or tests except for short lightweight quizzes.  This course is for fun, discovery, learning and exploration for us to share together.

-  A selection of options for payment: one-off payments, monthly installments, Group Discounts (learn with friends!) plus ...

-  The chance to buy this course at a very Special Value Bundle price when bought together with Practical Latin II & III.  These will add more work on verbs and on the special features that make Latin so unique.  By the end of these courses, you will have covered all the Latin you need to understand the Latin that is around us today.

- No quibble 30-day Money Back Guarantee

Pricing options

To help you get the most out of this course in the way that you want it, I'm offering a selection of pricing options.
This course can also be bought as part of a Value Bundle with Practical Latin II & III.
Group prices will be available

Course curriculum

Join 'The Muddy Archaeologist' as you discover the joys of Latin
Learn the grammar and explore the depths of English words at the same time!

What's included?
Video sessions - Downloadable notes & helpful tables
Support with using a Latin Dictionary
A Wealth of English derivatives
Resource Lists - Live Q&A session with 'The Muddy Archaeologist' - Quizzes - Completion certificate

Please note: you cannot access the course from this section - this is for information only

  • 1

    Welcome to 'The Muddy Archaeologist' First Steps Latin course!

    • Video Welcome from 'The Muddy Archaeologist' to First Steps Practical Latin course

    • Video on how to use this course

    • About Gillian Hovell, 'The Muddy Archaeologist' (in case you missed it on the course information page)

  • 2

    Lesson 1: A Brief History of Latin - Yesterday, Today and For Ever

    • Lecture: A Brief History of Latin - Yesterday, Today and For Ever

    • Downloadable Notes: A Brief History of Latin

    • Downloadable Notes : English derivatives - A Timeline

    • Downloadable Helpful Glossary for Latin First Steps - Useful Terms in grammar: NO NEED to know all of this right now! This is to help you as we go along!

    • Test and Consolidate what you've discovered in A Brief History of Latin

  • 3

    Lesson 2 : The Body of Latin - Nouns

    • Lecture : The Body of Latin - Latin Nouns

    • Downloadable Notes: The Body of Latin - Latin Nouns

    • Downloadable Table: Latin Plurals

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : The Body of Latin - Latin nouns

  • 4

    Lesson 3 : Finding Latin Nouns in English Words

    • Lesson 3 Part I : Finding Latin Nouns in the English Language

    • Downloadable Notes: Finding Latin Words in the English Language

    • Lesson 3 Part II : Finding Latin for ourselves 'Love Divine'

    • Downloadable Notes for Part II : Finding Latin Words: Love Divine annotated

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : Finding Latin Nouns in English Words

  • 5

    Lesson 4: Case Studies - Declensions of Nouns

    • Lecture 4: Case Studies - the Declension of Latin Nouns

    • Downloadable Notes for Case Studies: Declension of Latin Nouns

    • Downloadable Table: Declension of Latin Nouns - THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT : do print it out!

    • Test and Consolidate what you've learned in Case Studies - Declension of Latin Nouns

  • 6

    Lesson 5: Case Studies II - Using Prepositions with Nouns

    • Lesson 5: Case Studies II - Using Prepositions with Nouns

    • Downloadable Table: Declensions with Prepositions

    • Downloadable Notes for Case Studies II: Prepositions with Accusative Nouns

    • Downloadable Notes for Case Studies II: Prepositions with Ablative Nouns

    • Test and Consolidate what you've learned in Case Studies II - Prepositions with Nouns

  • 7

    Lesson 6: A Piece of the Action - Latin Verbs

    • Lesson 6 : A Piece of the Action - Latin Verbs

    • Downloadable Notes: A Piece of the Action - Latin Verbs

    • Downloadable Table: Latin Verbs Table - THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT! You might want to print it out to use in future lessons!

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : A Piece of the Action - Verbs

    • BUY YOUR 'LATIN GRAMMAR' TEA TOWEL HERE!

  • 8

    Lesson 7: Saying Hi & Giving Orders - The Imperative

    • Lesson 7: Saying Hi & Giving Orders - The Imperative

    • Downloadable Notes for Saying Hi & Giving Orders - The Imperative

    • Downloadable Table: Saying Hi & Giving Orders - The Imperative

    • Test and Consolidate what you've learned in Saying Hi & Giving Orders - The Imperative

  • 9

    Lesson 8: Irregular Verbs in Latin

    • Lesson 8: Irregular Verbs in Latin

    • Downloadable Notes AND TABLE for Irregular Verbs in Latin

    • Downloadable Table for First Steps: Irregular Verbs

    • Downloadable List: Verbs that take the Dative

    • Test and Consolidate what you've learned in Irregular Verbs in Latin

  • 10

    Lesson 9: Defining Qualities - Latin Adjectives

    • Lesson 9: Defining Qualities - Latin Adjectives

    • Downloadable Notes: Defining Qualities - Latin Adjectives

    • Downloadable Table: Defining Qualities - Latin Adjectives & Their Endings

    • Lesson 9a: Comparative & Superlative Adjectives

    • Downloadable Notes: Comparative & Superlative Adjectives

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : Defining Qualities - Latin Adjectives

  • 11

    Lesson 10: Latin Flora & Fauna

    • Lesson 10: Flora & Fauna - Latin Names

    • Downloadable Notes: Latin Flora & Fauna

    • Test and Consolidate what you've learned in Latin Flora & Fauna

  • 12

    BREAK TIME! A BIT OF FUN

    • BREAK TIME: A Bit of Fun

    • Bit of Fun - Describing the world around you, using words you might be surprised by! (guidance in the associated video)

    • BUY YOUR 'LATIN GRAMMAR' TEA TOWEL HERE!

  • 13

    Lesson 11: Doing Things When, Where, How etc. - Latin Adverbs

    • Lesson 11: Doing Things When, Where, How, etc. - Latin Adverbs

    • Downloadable Notes : Doing Things When, Where, How, etc. - Latin Adverbs

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : Doing Things When, Where, How, etc. - Latin Adverbs

  • 14

    Lesson 12: Roman Numbers

    • Lecture 12: Roman Numbers

    • Downloadable Listing of Roman Numbers

    • Downloadable Notes for Roman Numbers

    • Downloadable Table of Declinable numbers in Latin (one, two, three ...)

    • Test and Consolidate what you've discovered in Roman Numbers

  • 15

    Lesson 13: Present Participles - Swimming Swans & 12 Days of Christmas

    • Lesson 13: Present Participles - Swimming Swans & 12 Days of Christmas

    • Downloadable Notes Lesson 15: Present Participles

    • Downloadable Table: Present Participles

    • Downloadable Notes: The 12 Days of Christmas

    • Test and consolidate what you've discovered : Present Participles

  • 16

    Lesson 14: 'They say that' ... Accusative & Infinitive

    • Lesson 14: 'They say that' ... Accusative & Infinitive

    • Downloadable Notes Lesson 16: 'They say that ...' Accusative and Infinitive

    • Test and Consolidate what you've discovered in 'They say that ...' Accusative & Infinitive'

  • 17

    Lesson 15 : How to Use a Latin Dictionary

    • Lesson 15 : How to Use a Latin Dictionary

    • Downloadable Notes : How to Use a Latin Dictionary

    • Test and Consolidate what you've discovered in How to Use a Latin Dictionary

  • 18

    Lesson 16: The Art of Translation

    • Lesson 16: The Art of Translation

    • Downloadable Notes: The Art of Translation

    • Test and Consolidate what you've discovered in The Art of Translation

  • 19

    Lesson 17: Putting it All Together - Inscriptions

    • Lesson 17: Putting it All Together - Inscriptions

    • Downloadable Notes: Putting it All Together - Inscriptions

    • Downloadable Notes: Abbreviations in Latin Inscriptions, Coins, etc.

    • Test and Consolidate what you've discovered in Putting it All Together: Inscriptions

  • 20

    Next steps

    • Congratulations! Here's what's next...

    • Downloadable Latin First Steps Further reading list

    • Before you go... please answer this survey so that we can improve this and future courses for you to enjoy. And as a thank you, at the end, there's a special discount on your next course.

    • Where and When do you want to Explore next?

    • Please write a Review!

    • Thank you Video - and See you Soon - GIFT INCLUDED HERE!

    • BUY YOUR 'LATIN GRAMMAR' TEA TOWEL HERE!

    • About Gillian Hovell, 'The Muddy Archaeologist' (in case you missed it on the course information page)

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Gillian Hovell BA(Hons) 'The Muddy Archaeologist'

Hi, I'm Gillian Hovell, known professionally as 'The Muddy Archaeologist'.
Welcome to this invitation to join my unique Practical Latin course.

Latin is all around us. It's in the phrases and words we use every day; it's in mottoes and inscriptions. If you're looking to enjoy discovering a new skill, then you're in the right place!

For I present lively, passionate and engaging Latin classes that take you on a journey that opens up a whole new world. Not only do we get to grips with Latin grammar; we also add colour and depth to the English words you use every day - so many have deeper meanings and ancient stories behind them.
I have taught Latin for many years and I am delighted to be bringing this special course online, so that YOU can join in and share the fun.
For Latin is FUN.

And I love it. My joy is to provide you with a thrilling new skill and to transform your experience of the English language into a lively, creative one.
I am passionate about revealing how our everyday words are full of human life and passion. I love sharing the joy of Latin in person, in books and articles, on the media and on-line.

After graduating in Latin and Ancient History from Exeter University, I worked in BBC Television and went on to become an award-winning freelance writer, author.

I now lecture at York University and speak at the British Museum. I share courses around the country and lecture throughout the UK and abroad for audiences that range from local societies and luncheon clubs to Classical Associations, The Arts Society, and international groups. Every event is tailored to YOU, whoever and wherever you are.
I offer you expertise, passion and a warm welcome.
Latin is for everyone: let me lead you on a journey into a new approach to words with knowledge, great images, and a sense of fun and enjoyment.

Adding colour and depth to our lives today by digging deep into the past.

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