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Mastering Latin Declensions Shouldn’t Be So Scary!

When you hear the words "Latin declensions" do you start to shiver?  For a long time, I had no idea what that even meant, so it sounded even scarier!  The reality is that we do this in English, but since it's our native tongue, we don't give it much thought unless we hear someone say something that sounds odd.

If I were to say, "God loves you," you'd think that sounded lovely, right?!  How about if I said, "Him loves you."  You'd immediately notice that there's something out of place.  The reason this sets off alarms in your ears is that the pronoun "he" isn't being properly declined.  You see the relics of the declension system in our pronouns.  Consider:

Subject (Nominative) - He loves you.

Possessive (Genative) - His love is sufficient.

Indirect Object (Dative) - You give him your love.

Direct Object (Accusative) - You love him.

Object of the Preposition (Ablative) - You wrap your arms around him.

While there are some repeated forms of the pronoun "he", you can see that we also use different forms that are appropriate for the job the word is performing in the sentence. In Latin, every noun, pronoun, and adjective work this way.  They are declined according to one of five families of declensions of which they belong.

If you can master the declension endings, then you're set for translating Latin!

Mastering Latin declensions brings power to the Latin student.

As you approach learning a new language, the more time you devote to strength training in the beginning, the better equipped you'll be to sustain your study over the long haul.

I've noticed a tendency for students to rest in their "good guessing abilities" when approaching Latin.  I'll confess that when I started my study, I hoped my ability to accurately guess the right answer 85% of the time would carry me.  I watched my son, who did the hard work of memorizing the vocabulary and declensions, sail through his study with confidence and great accuracy, while I laboriously looked up each word in a sentence to translate.

Taking a cue from him, I've gone back to shore up my grammar skills by copying and memorizing charts.  I can't tell you how empowering it is to know the right answer and be able to defend it because I know the grammar.  It's a beautiful thing.

Latin declensions don't have to be so scary...take it a step at a time, and work to master the grammar, and watch your speed, confidence, and accuracy increase.

Latin Declensions Mastery Charts

Latin Nouns Pronouns and Adjectives PNGThis PDF download resource includes:

–     Full color charts for 1st-5th Declensions

–     Full color charts for 1st - 3rd Person Pronouns, as well as several other Pronouns to practice declining

–     Full color charts for 1st - 3rd declension Adjectives

–     Black and White versions of the declension charts for easy printing

–     Blank charts to fill in

–     A master list of nouns used in the Henle I text – organized by declension

You only need one copy per family.  Since it's a PDF, you can make as many copies as you'd like for any students in your family.

$5

Click here to see a preview of what’s in this resource.

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I also have put together a similar resource for learning verb conjugations ($8).  Together, these two resources will help build a strong foundation for any Latin student.

Latin Chart Bundle

Get both resources for $12

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Happy Latin muscle building!

Here are some of my other Latin resources:

Identifying the Gender of Latin Nouns - an Infographic

Latin Noun Declension Worksheets for Elementary Students

Latin Verb Conjugation Present Stem Worksheets for Elementary Students

Latin Verb Conjugations Perfect Stem Worksheets for Elementary Students

Henle Latin Resources

48 Comments

  1. Jillian kilbo on February 2, 2016 at 6:32 am

    I bought two sets thinking it was a printed material mailed to me. Now I see it as a download and I’m only using it for one child. Would it be possible to get a refund on the second one?

    • Betsy on February 2, 2016 at 7:24 am

      Absolutely. So sorry about that!

  2. karen fong on February 2, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    if one book is $5 why would 2 be $12 and not $10?

    • Betsy on February 2, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      The Noun book is $5, and the Verb book is $8. Combined that would be $13. They are PDF downloads, so you just need one copy of each because you can make copies for your whole family.

      • karen fong on February 2, 2016 at 5:12 pm

        thank you. are these aimed at a Challenge A level student?

        • Betsy on February 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm

          The noun charts would be great for Challenge A. The verbs are a little more in depth, and you don’t get that far in A, but you will by Challenge B!

  3. Melissa on February 8, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    I am having trouble printing the pages. My printer is giving me an error message–something to do with the copyright.
    Am I doing something wrong?

    • Betsy on February 8, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      I just sent you an e-mail. I’d be happy to help you resolve the issue!

  4. Danielle on February 29, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Betsy, When I click on the button to buy them it wants me to pin it on Pinterest. So I went to Pinterest to look you up to purchase that way but it still wouldn’t let me. Am I doing something wrong? 🙂

    • Betsy on February 29, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      I just fixed it! Try the “buy now” button again.

  5. Tina on March 16, 2016 at 10:32 am

    My daughter will be starting Challenge A in Fall. The Latin Master Charts will be helpful to a Challenge A student, right? Just making sure I am not about to purchase material I won’t need or we won’t use!

    • Betsy on March 16, 2016 at 10:39 am

      Absolutely! You will focus mainly on nouns and adjectives in Challenge A, so the declension charts are great. You get to verbs by second semester, but in a basic form. These charts will help through all of your Challenge years, but I made them primarily to supplement the Henle 1 book used in Challenge A, B, and 1.

  6. SEP on April 5, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I just saw the bundle price. I want to get the nouns and I just bought the verbs. Can I get the $1 back if buy the nouns?

    • Betsy on April 5, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      I’d be happy to. Once you purchase the nouns I’ll end you a refund.

  7. Rick Geddie on June 21, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    bought the “bundled” latin charts, but there is no download link…

    • Betsy on June 21, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Rick – sorry about that. The links are automatically sent to the account associated with your paypal account. It looks like it was a “mac.com” email. Check your spam folder, and if you still don’t find them, email me at betsy (at) familystyleschooling (dot) com and I’ll make sure you get them.

    • Rick Geddie on June 21, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      so sorry, i found it

      • Betsy on June 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm

        No problem! Glad you found it. Enjoy!

  8. Dara on September 27, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Hi, I purchased the set in February & was unable to access them. Is it possible to send the download link again? We had a flood and lost computers since then, so I apologize for my delay in reaching you. Both my CC kids need them. My Challenge A student is new to CC as well. If you need to check records, I paid for both sets in Feb or March thru PayPal. Thank you!

    • Betsy on September 28, 2016 at 7:20 am

      So sorry you had a flood! That’s horrible. I just resent the email with the links to download. Let me know if you have any more trouble accessing them!

  9. Tawnee on October 1, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Would there be a good one to use for deeper practice for a 6th header in last year of Foundations in prep for A??

    • Betsy on October 1, 2016 at 11:39 am

      I’m not sure what you mean by a “6th header”. There are only 5 declensions, but several of them have variations when the gender is different. Is that what you’re asking about?

  10. Amber Bertsch on November 28, 2016 at 6:20 am

    HI! I’m so thankful for your hardwork to prepare these practice sheets. I tried to checkout and Paypal wouldn’t let me proceed (after I entered in my CC info). Can you help with that?
    Thanks again.

    • Betsy on November 28, 2016 at 11:56 am

      So sorry that you had trouble with that! I just sent you an email to help resolve the problem.

  11. Shari on January 31, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    We are LOVING this Noun bundle in our CC community. I’m the Challenge A tutor and I have two families this year. We’ve all purchased both the Noun bundle and the Verb bundle. Your talent for taking complex ideas and making them understandable is a true blessing.

    Thank you!

    • Betsy on January 31, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks Shari! I’m so glad you’re enjoying them. It’s exciting to see the power of learning the grammar! Your students will be blessed with that foundation as they move on in their studies.

  12. Amy on June 9, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Is the Verb packet different from the one that I downloaded for free from your blog? I have a son going into Challenge B and would like to get the Verb packet if it is more than what I’ve already downloaded.

    • Betsy on June 9, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Yes, it is more than just the basics of verb endings. The charts go through all of the variations of all of the conjugations. It’s perfect for Challenge B.

  13. Jennifer on July 15, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    I just purchased both sets, but for some reason, my pages are jumbled together – I don’t know if it’s my version word (2013) or what but there is no use printing as I see them. Do you know why the pages are not set correctly with margins, etc?

    • Betsy on July 15, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      That’s strange. The files should be PDFs. Let me check on that and I’ll email you another copy directly to see if it’s any better. Sorry about that!

  14. Tara Lyles on July 28, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    I purchased the Noun and Verb pack this past year but you mentioned on your video where you show how you organize your resources that you have pages with the conjugated verbs where they all fit on one page. Did you recently add that to the pack? Is there a way you can e-mail me those extra pages you created?

    • Betsy on July 28, 2017 at 10:54 pm

      It’s actually not anything extra, I just adjusted the printer settings. When you go to print, set the page numbers of the 1st conjugation to print. Under the “Page Handling & Sizes” section, select “multiple” and the default is usually set to 2. It should shrink the pages to fit on one. It works great to make all of the forms fit on to one page! Hope that helps!

  15. Julie Drost on August 7, 2017 at 9:17 am

    I just purchased this product but when I was on the download page I accidentally swiped on my phone and closed the link. Is there another way for me to access this now? Sorry!

    • Betsy on August 7, 2017 at 9:18 am

      I can resend your email with the link to download! No problem!

  16. Cindy Koruschak on August 14, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    I am trying to purchase the bundle for Latin Declensions and Verbs but it is not opening in my Paypal. Is there another way to purchase these items?? Thank you!

    • Betsy on August 14, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      I just sent you an email! I hope this works for you ????

  17. Jen Konesco on August 17, 2017 at 6:14 am

    I just bought the Latin with Andy subscription. I’m thinking of also buying the Latin Master Charts bundle. But with the free printables with Latin with Andy, is this necessary? Will the printables with Latin with Andy be sufficient? Thanks. We already love Latin with Andy. You should be proud at what a great job he does at explaining.

    Jen

    • Betsy on August 17, 2017 at 8:41 am

      If you have the subscription, all of the charts are included to download in the printables zone! Don’t buy them again! Thanks so much for the encouragement! We’ve had a lot of fun making these videos!

  18. Shannon D on September 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Hi, I purchased the bundle for my son but am not It sure how to set up his binder. Did you just print one copy of everything except the blank chart and make several copies of those? Your binders look so full so I’m not sure if I’m missing something.

    • Betsy on September 7, 2017 at 11:16 am

      My binder has both the color and black and white versions in page protectors. That can make it look fuller, but I did just what you said. I printed multiple copies of the blank verb charts, but we used a dry erase on page protectors for the declension charts.

  19. Nicole Drumm on April 12, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Hi! I am trying to purchase the bundle. I can add to my cart just fine, but when I click to pay it says that paypal isn’t working right now and does not give me an option to pay any other way. Can you help?

    • Betsy on April 13, 2018 at 11:15 am

      I just checked, and it seems like PayPal is working again. I’m hoping that it was just a glitch. Let me know if you still have trouble!

  20. Diana K on June 22, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    I just purchased the Verb/Noun combo and I cannot wait to use it. The I went to print, however, the Verbs are standard vertical and the Noun booklet is Horizontal (landscape), is there any way to get the Noun in the Vertical(portrait) layout? I know it sounds silly, but it matters to how mine and my child’s brain works…LOL

    • Betsy on June 28, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      Sorry for the different orientations, but I created them according to the best fit for the materials. If you really need them to both be oriented the same way, you can set your printer to print that way and “fit to page”. Blessings!

  21. Monica on August 29, 2018 at 3:31 am

    Would these charts be helpful for a Challenge 2 students? Do you cover verbs from the last part of Henle 1, or what is covered in Challenge 1 when they finish First Year Henle?

    • Betsy on August 29, 2018 at 10:35 am

      I made these charts before we finished Henle 1, but I totally should add charts for EO and IO verbs! Everything else is there. I will update and keep you posted. Thanks!

  22. Meredith detwiler on February 28, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Hi! Are the Verb/ Noun Combo Charts included with the Latin with Andy Subscription? I just don’t want to double purchase:)

    Thank you!
    Meredith

    • Betsy on March 1, 2019 at 4:07 pm

      Yes! All the verb and noun charts are included with the subscription. Thanks for checking!

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