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Latin Key Words is a learning aid benefiting from computer analysis of the surviving corpus of Latin literature, comprising over 1,500,000 words. It consists of a list of the most common two thousand words, with their meanings in English, arranged in decreasing order of frequency. The list is divided into a hundred units of twenty key words each, from which many more words can be derived. All the most common irregular verbs are cited in their full principal parts.
Latin Key Words is the most efficient and logical way to acquire the basic vocabulary of Latin. Most grammars and readers introduce words almost at random, so that a student can never be sure of mastering commonly-occurring words within a reasonable period. A frequency list such as this can create confidence and a sense of security in vocabulary building and, by dividing the list into
manageable units, mastery can be achieved without undue strain. In this way, one can learn Latin at a comfortable pace.
Latin Key Words is also weighted towards the authors who appear most often in examinations as set-texts or as the basis for unseen translation. It is therefore of the maximum possible practical benefit for those working towards public examinations.
Dr Jerry Toner has made sure that both adult beginners and school children alike will be introduced to all the most frequently-occurring
words in Latin within their first year or two of study. The two thousand key words account for 75% of all word occurrences in Latin. An English index allows the reader to trace each word in the list and indicates by its position the relative frequency of that word.
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