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According to my site stats, most of the visitors to my blog land here for the Classical Conversations Foundations/Essentials freebies but today I wanted to let you know about a set of flash cards I’ve recently revised for Challenge level students. 

I’ve had several Latin flash card sets in my shop for sale for a few years, but since becoming a Challenge B tutor a little over a year ago, it didn’t take me long to realize that they could be greatly improved. My problem was just a lack of time to work on doing that. 

I’m happy to say that I finally made the time to work through the vocabulary and I think the end product represents a massive improvement over the current one(s). Having learned the grammar of Latin myself over the last year, it was easy for me to see how the cards could be improved to make them more effective for both teacher and student. This is a sample of what the cards look like:

Sample Card

As you can see, the fonts are big and clear on both sides. The red stripe on this card indicates that it is a noun (solid color) and that it belongs to the 3rd declension (which is signified by red). I purposely did not include gender designation for each term *or* macrons/accents. Since different curricula use different methods (in my home, we are using both Henle *and* First Form Latin), I opted to let the person using the set customize them in the way that makes sense to them. Macrons or accents can simply be written on the cards in the appropriate place depending on which you prefer.

Here’s a handful of sample cards so you can see how the color coding works. The color pink is used for 1st declension nouns (solid)/1st conjugation verbs (chevron stripes)/and 1st and 2nd declension adjectives (pink pinstripes). Blue indicates 2nd declension nouns with blue chevron stripes for 2nd conjugation verbs. Red is used for 3rd declension/red chevron stripes for 3rd conjugation/and red pinstripes for 3rd declension adjectives. Solid green is used for 4th declension nouns and green in chevron stripes indicates 4th conjugation (shown below). Orange is used for 5th declension nouns; yellow is a grab bag of adverbs, prepositions, and conjugations; and purple chevron stripes are for irregular verbs like sum. Preview of cardsOne of the things I love about this set is the ease and speed with which you can sort and order your cards. If you have certain lessons that you want to quiz for, just pull those lesson numbers by looking at the numbers on the front of the cards. Similarly, if you want to quiz only on nouns, then just look for all of the cards with a solid stripe corresponding to the declensions you want to study. 

Even if you would prefer your student to make his or her own cards by hand, you may want to invest in this set for you as their teacher. The visual color cues along with the consistency in labeling goes a long way toward helping make sense of the way that the terms are presented in the book. Laying out the cards according to their colors and seeing the similarities really does help pound in those grammar pegs and has been an extremely useful tool for me.

Here’s the best news: if you’ve purchased one of the original sets of Latin flash cards from my shop, you will be receiving a link to the new and improved set absolutely FREE! For those of you who are intrigued but aren’t quite sure whether they’re right for you, you’ll be able to download some sample cards in the shop as soon as the new set is released. Look for them soon!