About the Apps
O tempora! O mores! Friends, Romans, countrymen - we live in a time where one is hard-pressed to find a quality app to assist in learning Lingua Latina. Many function solely as dictionaries (which are very useful in themselves), but are outnumbered by activity-based apps that seem so readily available for other "living" languages.
But thankfully, classicists such as Paul Hudson provide the Latin student with a number of well-programmed apps to augment their language education. For the high school level, five apps are here reviewed which assume a good foundation in grammar. For beginners' programs, see our take on the best Latin apps for middle school students.
SPQR is a must-have for Latin students, providing a broad corpus of major Latin authors, a Latin-to-English/ English-to-Latin dictionary, grammar textbooks, in addition to quizzing tools. Furthermore, $5.99 is absolutely a steal for the wealth of literature that SPQR provides.
To further exercise Latin reading and translation skills, Latin Builder provides three texts to select from, and from a word bank, go passage by passage to build a narration, from the myth of Perseus, to Julius Caesar's own Commentaries on the Gallic Wars. The format demonstrates to students the variation in Latin and English syntax, before providing a fluid translation.
Certamen is a popular competition game featured at the National Junior Classics League conventions, now brought to the iPad. Students can go against the clock and/or a fellow student to answer questions concerning translation, classical literature and history. Very classroom-friendly as well, the app is an excellent tool for speedy recall.
Speed Latin is also a game played against the clock, testing for vocabulary, noun declensions, verb conjugations- all by familiar quiz modes such as matching cards, crossword puzzles, and fill-in-the-blank. The initial purchase is a trial version, with higher level upgrades available for purchase. Though the variation in activity can be wanting, the drilling method is effective.
Our fifth and final selection is the app simply titled Latin, which prompts for vocabulary recall within a word-spelling puzzle. This is the singular activity, and while some students might want more variation, this activity is an extensive exercise in English-Latin memorization.
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