plinycapybara said: I'm really, really nervous about starting Latin in the fall. Its my first time learning. I'm so scared. Is there any books or sources that could help me prepare myself?
First of all, it is entirely normal to feel scared or worried about learning a new language, especially when it is one as potentially difficult as Greek or Latin. But I find that if you take the time to get used to the basics, learning everything else gets much easier. So, here are some things that I think might help:
Latin pronunciation guide: (x)
The First Declension for nouns: (x)
The Present Indicative Active verb form, 1st Conjugation:
- Amō - I love
- Amās - You love
- Amat - He/she/it loves
- Amāmus - We love
- Amātis - You (pl) love
- Amant - They love
And here is a post I did on the uses of Latin Cases.
But most importantly, you have to just stay calm. If you’re taking Latin as a class, your teacher probably assumes that most of the people learning are completely new to it, so you should be learning the basics and everything else you need to know there.
Learning a little bit ahead of time is good, but it’s always best to learn when you have someone you know you can go to for help or clarification. It’s what teachers are for, after all! Just make sure you truly learn all that you need to early on in your class (and I mean learn, don’t just memorize and hope for the best), and you should do just fine :)
I hope this helps!