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Henle’s 1st Year Latin Vocabulary Keyring Flashcards

July 31, 2017

One of the single most important tasks students of Latin can do is memorize the vocabulary. As parents/teachers, this is such an easy way to help them out even if we don't know anything about Latin. While I still believe it's important for students to make their own vocabulary cards, sometimes their handwriting leaves much to be desired, and it can be exhausting trying to get everything spelled precisely with all of the correct information attached.

So I finally made my own set of printable vocabulary cards that go through the entire book of Henle's First Year Latin. It amounts to just under 500 vocabulary cards! That means if you took the time to master ten vocabulary words a week, you could have all of the vocabulary memorized in a year. That's crazy.

Latin vocabulary flashcards

I'm hoping these printable flashcards will empower moms to help their students study the vocabulary, because it is one of the best ways to make your Latin exercises go faster. If you're not having to look up every word in the sentence, you'll definitely have an advantage!

Buy the PDF printable Henle Latin Keyring Flashcards for $15 below, or join the Latin with Andy membership site and all get this great resource and many more included in your membership!

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Here are some ways to strengthen your vocab card game:

Flashcards for Latin Nouns

When you're memorizing any Latin vocabulary, it's easy to just focus on the simple meaning. This can be going from Latin to English or English to Latin. However, there are so many other things you could quiz about nouns to really help ingrain the language.

  • Identify the declension - Mix up the noun cards, and go through a round of just identifying which declension the noun belongs to. This is so vital when translating from English to Latin because if you don't know which rules the noun follows, you'll just be increasing the opportunities for errors!
  • Identify the gender - While this might be simple, mastering the gender rules for each declension is so important. The good news for mom is that every flash card has the gender of the noun listed on the back. This means you can confidently help them even if you don't know why that is the case!
  • Decline the noun - Okay, so all of this information is not on the card, but you can open your grammar book and follow along while your student declines orally. This is such a great way to practice hearing all of the forms a noun can take.

Flashcards for Latin Adjectives & Adverbs

Adjectives decline like nouns, but they don't have their own gender. They take the same gender as the noun that they modify. Working on memorizing the adjectives is all about recognizing which declensions each of them follow. They're pretty basic.

Adverbs are the best words in Latin because THEY. NEVER. CHANGE. Isn't that awesome! No declension. They just stay the same. Once you have these mastered, you're good to go!

Flashcards for Latin Conjunctions & Prepositions

Conjunctions are like adverbs. They are straight forward and simple! I love them.

The important thing to memorize with your prepositions is which case they govern. That is a crucial piece of information when translating!

Flashcards for Latin Verbs

Verbs are the most challenging. In the first two units of Henle Latin, you're given specific forms of verbs to memorize their specific meanings. Once you hit lesson 9, you're given the four principal parts of the verb, and you really need to start memorizing all four parts. They're all given on the front of the flashcard.

Again, life starts easily with the 1st conjugation and regular principal parts (meaning they all change in the same way). Once you hit the 2nd and 3rd conjugation, there are all kinds of variations. You just have to memorize them all.

The first time we made it to lesson 15 in the Henle book, which introduces the perfect system for verbs, we all fell apart because we didn't have that 3rd principal part memorized, and that's what you use to build the perfect, pluperfect, and future perfect tenses in the active voice. It all snowballed after that and we had to go back and fortify the grammar before we could tackle any of the exercises.

Also, make sure to review identify which conjugation a verb belongs to. Hint: in the flashcards, this information is bolded in the second principal part.

Setting Up Your Cards

I've separated the file for the flash cards into six sections:

  • Unit 1 - (Lessons 1-6)
  • Unit 2 - (Lessons 7-8)
  • Unit 3 - (Lessons 9-15)
  • Units 4-6 - (Lessons 16-24)
  • Units 7-9 - (Lessons 25-34)
  • Units 10-14 - (Lessons 35-42)

I'm printing each section on a different color of card stock just so I can quickly sort them back out when I need to.

Important printing note: When you set your printer to print double sided, make sure to select "Flip on short edge" so that the front and back line up!

I went ahead and laminated the printed page. I didn't want to laminate 500 individual rectangles, so I know I'm taking a risk here, but it is worth my time! Ha! That's how I'm living on the edge these days!!

I printed light guide lines to help you cut them out. Depending on how your printer fits the page, they may not all be precisely the same size, but I'm okay with that.

I punched my holes on one side, so I could put them on my key ring and not lose any of them!

Working Towards Mastery

With all things, our goal is to master this vocabulary. My kids will start with 20-30 minutes a day studying their flash cards. I might not work that long with them, but I will do a final proof, and at that point, I can set aside words that they've mastered to just review once a week. I want the bulk of their time spent working on the words they're unsure of.

You could totally use the Charlotte Mason Scripture Memory System with any memory work you're trying to tackle. Systems like this really help make the time you spend memorizing information efficient and effective.

For Auditory and Visual Learners

It's no secret that my son loves Latin. He's creating short videos covering 10 vocabulary words at a time to help auditory and visual learners master their vocabulary. Check out the first video here:

Subscribe to his channel to get updates on the vocab videos he posts!

Get Your Henle Latin Keyring Flashcard PDF

There are two ways you can get the PDF to print flashcards for your homeschool:

1. Click the "buy now" button to purchase the PDF download for $15 and start making cards today!

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2. Join the Latin with Andy community and download the files in the printable resource section.

    1. i didnt notice they were also included in Latin With Andy and purchased separately as well as the Dec Work Sheets… Smart of you to notice they are included!

  1. I’m a Challenge B director. If I purchase the cards, may I print a set for each of the families in the class? Or do we each need to buy our own?

      1. What about if I keep them, and we use them in class only? Is just one copy good then?

        On the other hand, how would I buy multiple copies so that I can make them and give them to the families?

        1. You are welcome to make copies to use in class that you keep. I would encourage you as a fellow director to share the resource with your families and allow them to decide if they’d like to purchase the resource for themselves to use at home. Your supply money doesn’t stretch too far, and if families don’t want to purchase the flash cards, they can just make their own. Also, these cards are free to download if families are members of the Latin with Andy membership site. I believe that if they really need help at home, they would truly benefit from the videos and additional resources we’re offering there. I hope this answers your questions!

  2. Is there a way to get the cards sorted by noun, verb, etc.? I would like to print all the nouns on one color of card stock and the verbs on another color, etc.

    1. I wish that I made them in a way that would be conducive to shuffling them around, but in order to sort them in that way, I’d essentially have to remake the document. My only thought is that you could print several copies of the pages that have more than one part of speech on different colored papers, and scrap the ones that don’t belong to that color. Sorry about that!

      1. This is a nightmare! I bought these because I wanted to have all the nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. all on different colored pages just like they were represented in your photo. Now I’m having to print and laminate over 175 separate pages! This is way more expensive and time consuming that I thought it was going to be.

        1. Sorry about the frustration! I printed a unit at a time as we went, instead of doing them all at once (just a suggestion if you’re not done). They don’t have to be laminated if you print on card stock.

  3. Hi , I would like to purchase all material from you. Would it be possible to get all laminate and everything you have ?

    1. My products are PDF downloads, so you are more than welcome to print and laminate them at home. I don’t sell physical products! So sorry!

    1. Thanks Lena! We’re working our way through the Henle book. We just uploaded resources that correspond with Lesson 23 this week. We haven’t used Visual Latin, but I know many people who really enjoy it.

  4. Hi, Betsy (and Andy),
    Our household values all the effort you place into this blog and the resources you provide.

    This may be a question specifically for Andy, but could you speak a bit about the National Latin Exam and the AP Latin Exam. I’m interested in all aspects of both and your personal opinions and experiences.

    Thank you again.

    Dee Dee

    1. Thanks Dee Dee! We have experience with the National Latin Exam, but not the AP Latin Exam. Andy has taken the NLE first through the third year tests and he loves them. They do require you to know about Roman gods, geography, and words for everyday living, so if you’re just using Henle, you’ll have to do a little extra research to do well on the test. I love it because it’s a $5 standardized test that gives my kids practice with those types of tests and encouragement in their studies. I’ll get Andy to tell you more from his perspective! (He’s off taking the PSAT this morning)!

  5. I wanted to make sure of a few things before I purchase these.

    1) Is this all the vocabulary for Henle’s first year book?
    2) Do you put on the preposition cards what case the object of the preposition must be in?


    1. Yes, it is all of the vocabulary from Henle’s 1st year book. And yes, the case the proposition governs is on the card as well.

  6. Are these cards set up to fit sheets of perforated business card size cards? It would make printing and separating them a breeze.
    Thanks for all your hard work putting these resources together. My family needs all the help we can get!

    1. I should have thought of that!! I didn’t set them up that way, so I’m not sure how they’d print on the cards. Sorry about that!

    1. Did you download the document or just print it from your browser? Make sure the file downloads all the way before you print.

    1. When you click on print, click “Printer…” at the bottom of the window. In the middle of the next window is a dropdown that has Media & Quality preselected – click it and select Layout. Near the bottom of the next window you can select Short Edge Binding next to the Two-Sided options. That should do it. Hope it makes sense!

  7. I’m sure this is a goofy question, so I apologize in advance! (First time Challenge A mom🙋🏽‍♀️)
    Do you print these on paper or card stock? (I do plan to laminate them.)

  8. Could you please tell me how to access the vocabulary videos, I am a member, but cant seem to access them whenever I get on the site. Thanks!!

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