Lesson 1: Nouns of the 1st Declension FREE Preview

Lesson 1 Resources:

Download the Lesson 1 worksheets to follow along with Andy.

Practice declining nouns in the first declension with this worksheet.

Print the Lesson 1 flashcards (review vocabulary with the video at the bottom of the page).

<strong>Exercise 1</strong>

How to decline a noun in the first declension. (Henle p. 8)

<strong>Exercise 2</strong>

Identify the forms of these first declension nouns and give their meanings. (Henle p. 8-9)

<strong>Exercise 3</strong>

Review of how to identify a first declension noun. How to tell the difference between the nominative and ablative singular. (Henle p. 9)

<strong>Exercise 4</strong>

Identifying the gender of first declension nouns. (Henle p. 9)

<strong>Exercise 5</strong>

Translating and diagramming sentences with first declension nouns. (Henle p. 11)

<strong>Exercise 6</strong>

Sentences with direct objects; nouns in the accusative case. (Henle p. 13-14)

<strong>Exercise 7</strong>

English to Latin sentence translations. (Henle p. 15)

<strong>Exercise 8</strong>

Translating phrases from Latin to English. (Henle p. 16)

<strong>Exercise 9</strong>

Translating phrases from English to Latin. (Henle p. 16)


  1. Kelly on July 29, 2017 at 9:35 pm


    First of all, I think this is fantastic! Way to work hard at such a difficult language.

    Can I ask if you guys do Classical Conversations? I have two little boys in CC, ages 9 and 7, and I am wondering if they are ready for this yet as they are still in the grammar phase of their education. Aside from memorizing the declensions, some of the vocabulary, etc., do you recommend them doing much more at this age? What is your target age for Latin with Andy?

    Thanks so much for your advice!

    • Betsy on July 29, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks Kelly! Yes, we’re a CC family. We’re heading into our 8th year, and we love it. The target age for Latin with Andy is 11 and up. The Henle book is what students start using in Challenge A. I really think that the memorization is a fantastic foundation for learning Latin. Once they have a year of Essentials under their belts, then they will really be able to grasp what’s going on in Latin a little bit better. Hope this helps!

  2. Andria Davisson on August 4, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Are there answer keys for the worksheets?

    • Betsy on August 4, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      The worksheets are really just intended to be a companion to the videos. Andy works through all of the exercises on the video, so there isn’t a paper answer key.

  3. Vickie Reierson on August 7, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Hi! we are trying to decide if a subscription to your lessons would be helpful to us in our Latin lessons…thank you for the samples that you provide! What is the average length of each of the video lessons? I noticed that the sample is just under 4 minutes….is that about what the others is like?

    • Betsy on August 7, 2017 at 10:16 am

      The longest video is about 6 minutes, but most of them are between 2 and 5. Our goal was to keep them short so that a student could watch a demonstration of the exercise and still have time to work out the exercise on their own.

    • Betsy on August 7, 2017 at 10:29 am

      The longest video is about 6 min. Most of them are between 2 and 5 minutes. We wanted to keep the demonstration of the exercise short so that students would still have time to complete the exercise on their own.

  4. Rachel Klopp on August 10, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Will he have videos for every lesson in the Henle book?

    • Betsy on August 10, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      That is what we are working towards! Yes!

  5. jodi york on August 21, 2017 at 10:28 am

    We are a CC family as well. I have one in Challenge A and one in Challenge 1. Have you completed any lessons beyond 26 that will help my older student?

    • Betsy on August 21, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Not yet! We’re working hard to stay ahead of Challenge 1 pace. We’ll finish the whole book this year. Lesson 11 is being released today!

      • Kristen Schmitt on May 12, 2021 at 1:12 pm

        Are challenge 1 lessons up now in 2021 before we purchase the the subscription??

        • Betsy on May 15, 2021 at 4:19 pm

          Yes! As a member, you will have immediate access to all the exercises in both Henle 1 and Henle 2 books. It’s like an online resource library organized with the Henle books, explaining Henle lessons, etc. So

  6. Andrea on August 22, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Our exercises aren’t matching up with the exercises that Andy is doing? What could be wrong. We have the Henle txt. and grammar book?

    • Betsy on August 22, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Andy creates examples that are similar to the Henle text, but not exactly. You should read over the lesson, then watch Andy’s intro video. As you watch Andy’s example for the exercise, it will give you the tips and tools to complete the exercise. If you find any sentences that really trip you up, Andy would be happy to go over them with you live on Facebook.

  7. Audra Cabote on August 24, 2017 at 7:25 am

    I’d like to see a few more videos before joining. We’ve got an understanding of lesson 1. I’m not sure this video would have furthered that. But maby seeing one lesson at CC week 6 them one at week 15 would give us a better picture of Andy and how he can help us.

    • Betsy on August 24, 2017 at 7:35 am

      What level of CC are you currently in? Since three levels use the Henle 1 book, week 6 and 15 could mean very different things! I’d be happy to add a couple more to the preview, but I’d love to know what you’d like to see!

  8. JoAnn Powell on August 27, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Hello Andy,

    I was wondering if you go over the pronunciation of all the new vocabulary words? Also, would you ever consider making a DVD available for families with limited internet usage?

    Thank you for your time,

    • Betsy on August 28, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Andy has a YouTube channel where he is posting vocabulary review videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmX1BaSWxLcl-TylF5itGcA We try to stay consistent with the pronunciation, but since it’s a dead language, arguments abound on the proper pronunciation. We just do our best!
      We are considering creating a DVD version, but we will have to wait until the materials are complete. I understand that internet speeds might be challenging.

  9. Melissa Dunmire on August 29, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    I am not sure why, but it seems as though CC uses the Classical pronunciation during Foundations and the Ecclesiastical pronunciation for Challenge. Is the pronunciation important enough to make a big difference? Our Challenge A tutor uses the Ecclesiastical pronunciation; I am not sure if using Andy’s videos will cause confusion for my daughter. I really like how he follows the Henle exercises!

    • Betsy on August 29, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      They encourage the Classical pronunciation in Challenge, but some people like the Ecclesiastical pronunciation because it’s still spoken today in churches. The Henle book lists instructions for both pronunciations. There really isn’t a huge difference between the two – mainly the c’s and v’s. Here’s an encouragement from a missionary linguist that was addressing the topic of pronunciation in Latin: Consistency is always good discipline, but Latin is a dead language with no living native speakers and therefore no complete understanding of pronunciation. It sparked a good discussion in our home about dead and living languages. There are many peoples today facing the death of their own language.

      • Erin Nicholas on August 7, 2018 at 8:48 am

        You keep saying “dead language”. Interesting bc at practicum this yr they said it’s not dead. My kids like to say it’s dead and why do it. I don’t know how I can engage in a conversation when I agree. Any ideas.

        • Kimberly LeBlanc on September 29, 2019 at 5:20 pm

          My understanding of what she meant by this, is to say, that since everyone that spoke it is dead, from back in time, things got left off “as is” and there is no one around to re-inforce, exactly what that would look like. So, rules and things are wagered sometimes by the individual speaking it- and making the best of what it is now.

  10. Teri on September 11, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I was just looking at your lesson 1 preview. The vocab words on that are different than what I have in our Henle book. Ours starts out with Terra, Porta, Maria, nauta, victoria, Silva, gloria. Why would this not be lining up with what is in our book. Is yours lesson 1 from Henle first year?

    • Betsy on September 11, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      Andy uses different vocabulary but covers the same concepts. There is not a whole lot of new vocabulary, and it’s all listed out on the worksheets that coordinate with the videos. We did this so that students could see additional examples before they practiced the concepts, and because we want to honor the copyrite of the Henle book.

  11. Carla Queen on September 14, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    If we needed to chat with Andy live via FB, what hours is he available? Or would we have to schedule an appointment?

    • Betsy on September 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      He is live Wednesday’s at 12 central. But he answers questions on FB all through the week.

  12. Wendy Kupser on September 15, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Thanks for putting these together, Andy you are doing a great job!!!
    Do you think you will ever sell Andy’s videos? I’m a Ch1 tutor, but my youngest will be in ChA next year. I would love to start him out with Andy, but I don’t know that I would want to subscribe year after year??? Just wondering. Thanks.

    • Betsy on September 15, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Thanks Wendy! We have worked hard to keep the costs down, and I know it can be hard to subscribe year after year. However, we don’t have plans right now for a physical product.

  13. jo on September 20, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Before I join I have a couple of questions: First, will there ever be answer keys to the work sheets? I had him practice the first lesson and he did not understand what all to do. I tried to help him as much as I could but I was not certain about some things especially the translation portion. Second, do you have to have Henley’s book to utilize this course? We have a Latina Christiana book.

    • Betsy on September 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      That’s a great question. The answer key is actually the video itself. Keep the sheet in front of you as you watch the video and you will see Andy answer everywhere on the sheet that is blank. As this is the case, we do not plan on creating additional answer keys. Students should simply work with Andy and fill out the blanks as he does them. 🙂 As for needing Henle, we recommend that you do have it. Each video in this resource follows the Henle exercises one by one, going concept by concept. While you can learn a lot from just the videos, it’s recommended that you follow along in the Henle resource as well.

  14. Jennifer Li on September 20, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Do the worksheets have answer keys?

    • Betsy on September 21, 2017 at 7:44 am

      The videos are the answer keys. The purpose of the sheets is for you to work along with Andy as he demonstrates a concept. So he will work through everything in the printable.

      • Jen on August 1, 2023 at 11:43 am

        In the video he says “Don’t forget to give an adult the answer key.” What answer key is he talking about then?

        • Andy Strauss on August 1, 2023 at 3:54 pm

          While the answer keys to the video companion guides are the videos themselves, the Henle answer keys were the ones I was referring to. Sometimes it helps a student learn for them to practice translating sentences while their parent (or teacher) is holding the answer key. Then they can get immediate feedback on what might need to be corrected, as opposed to translating 50 sentences in an exercise and then finding out the first one was wrong for a reason that’s unclear. It’s just a suggestion for learning! Let me know if you have more questions!

  15. Midi on September 25, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Andy (and Andy’s Mum) ,
    We are only just thinking about learning Latin. I think your videos are brilliant, so clear and slow enough that I can figure out what you’re explaining even though I don’t have the book …yet! To begin at the beginning what would you recommend? Where do you think I should start? The three older boys are 11, 7 and 6. What course or videos or books would you start with in my situation?
    Thank you,

  16. Julie R Anderson on October 2, 2017 at 11:14 am

    do these exercises follow throughout the book? my son is 15 and in Ch1, his second year in CC and struggling a bit. Does Any go through the entire Henle book?

    • Betsy on October 2, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      We’re working towards having resources for the entire book. We just uploaded videos covering concepts through lesson 22 this week. We’ll have through lesson 25 by mid October which covers what Challenge 1 covers the first semester. We will complete the entire book by the end of March. Hope this helps!

  17. MICHELLE ROQUES on October 19, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Will the videos progress to 2nd year, 3rd, etc? My daughter is in Challenge I. These videos are a great resource. Great job, Andy!

    • Betsy on October 19, 2017 at 8:56 am

      Thanks Michelle! Our plan is to continue to the Henle 2 book for next year. We will keep you posted!

  18. Becky on January 28, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Hi –

    Do you think Andy’s lessons would be useful to a student that is learning Latin with a different curriculum? We’re not using Henle, we are using Latina Christiana? We do have those videos, but I am always on the look out for other resources to help it make sense!


    • Betsy on January 29, 2018 at 10:35 pm

      Latin is Latin, so I’m sure that they way Andy approaches the concepts could help anyone pursuing learning the language. The trick for those who are not using Henle is finding the areas that address the concepts you’re covering in Latina Christiana. We try to label things clearly, but it might require you to navigate the resources a little differently.

  19. Beth on July 14, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Betsy,
    My son will be in 6th grade this year and we are doing CC for the 2nd time. Because he hasn’t drilled all of the Latin in Foundations I feel like we need to do a little extra this year just so both of us have had some exposure doing into Ch A next year. So, all of that said, will Andy’s videos and your worksheets be helpful and make sense to us if we aren’t yet using the Henle book?

    • Betsy on July 16, 2018 at 11:04 am

      What I’ve done with my 6th graders is just start with the Henle book, but we go super slow. In Challenge A, they make it through the first 15 lessons. If my 6th grader makes it through the first 3 or 4 lessons in Henle, they are set up for success in Challenge A. Even though they’re not progressing very quickly, they learn a couple of things from this (1) How the Henle book works, (2) how what they’re learning in Essentials connects to what they’ll be learning in Latin, and (3) confidence for the first few weeks of Challenge A in knowing that they can do this! While you probably can learn some from Latin with Andy without the Henle book, right now, it is set up to complement it. My encouragement is just get the book and work slowly. I walk through how I set up my resources here. Hope this helps!

  20. Rebecca on August 18, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Hi, I have a 5th grader who is starting her fifth year of Foundations. This is the first year that we have been unable to be part of a community, and I don’t feel like she’s getting anything out of just memorizing lists in Foundations guide. Would this be something she can work through or is this for older grade level? ALL she has background in is Foundations Latin. Does Henle start in 6th or 7th grade? I love what I’ve seen so far… we do hope to be back in a community next year.

    • Betsy on August 18, 2018 at 11:29 am

      She could work through it with you, but at a very slow pace. I’ve done that with both of my girls in the two years leading up to Challenge A (7th grade) when students officially start Henle. My goal with my girls was to make it through the first 6 lessons by Challenge A – those lessons cover nouns. You could take the first six weeks on this free lesson and see how it goes, but you’ll need the Henle books as well. Andy introduces the concept and then students work through the Henle exercise to get familiar with it. You don’t have to do all of one exercise at a time. Little bits over time really add up to confidence and a great foundation for building on in the future!

  21. Alma on April 1, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    This material works with Challenge II Latin? Or only with A,B and 1

    • Betsy on April 1, 2019 at 10:21 pm

      The material covers Henle I and II, so through the first half of Challenge III. You can preview the Henle II materials here!

  22. Marti Lopshire on April 16, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Hello there! I am a CC mom and will be directing Challenge A next year! I am definitely going to subscribe! I have an older son (15) who will be new to CC and entering Challenge I. He isn’t very excited about learning Latin, unfortunately. Mostly he is put off by the jingles I have used with my younger kiddos, to learn the declensions. I’m wondering if Andy would have any tips, teenager-to-teenager, to help with memorizing declensions and conjugations?

    • Andy Strauss on April 22, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      Hi Mrs. Lopshire! I can tell you that I was not much of a fan of singing the songs either! One method I used to memorize the declensions was to practice copying out the endings. I would suggest copying out one declension at a time, once or twice a day, each time with a different noun, until he can copy it without looking. (Personally, I found that whether I liked the songs or not, sometimes they ended up playing in my head 🙂 ). I might also add that I haven’t always loved Latin. As I learned it, however, I found it enjoyable – like cracking a secret code! Maybe over time and with a little practice, your son might find Latin as fascinating as I do!

  23. Adrienne on April 17, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Are there vocabulary words banks on all of the worksheets?

    • Betsy on April 17, 2019 at 8:01 am

      Yes! There are word banks on all the worksheets.

  24. Laura Moffitt on July 10, 2019 at 9:21 am

    I see that you have linked Magistra Jones worksheets but it looks like Andy has his own worksheets. Can you explain how they are different or how they are the same? Thank you for your time!

    • Betsy on July 15, 2019 at 7:08 pm

      Magistra Jones worksheets follow the Henle book exactly, while Andy’s sheets are mainly for note taking purposes as students watch the instructional videos.

  25. Teresa Bickling on July 16, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Hi there! We are starting our 2nd year of Latin on our own, after completing Challenge A with CC. Wondering where we might start in the subscription, as if we were starting up Challenge B?

    • Betsy on July 27, 2019 at 11:29 am

      Challenge B starts book one over again and just goes at a faster pace. There is no real “starting line” so to speak in the Latin with Andy resource. You can start wherever and go backwards and forwards. My suggestion is to start somewhere at the beginning with the videos and decide where your student needs to start slowing down and start doing the Henle exercises. Keep in mind that Latin with Andy is not focused on Henle vocabulary, but primarily the grammar, so your student may need to review early Henle vocabulary. I hope that helps!

  26. Jennifer Wyatt on August 23, 2019 at 11:12 am

    We just started Ch. A the vocab and nouns endings are not an issue for us right now. We are having an issue following the rules from the blue book. I am an auditory/visual learner, so just reading the rules does nothing for me. Do these videos cover the rules in the blue book?

    • Betsy on August 23, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      The exercises are really practicing the rules from the blue book, so in a practical sense, yes they do, but maybe not like you’re expecting. The endings are a part of those rules.

  27. Debra Piluski on October 9, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    We are considering using this program to get us through Latin this year in lieu of Henle. I don’t feel like I am getting a clear picture of what the program will look like on a daily basis. Is there a course syllabus that outlines the tutorials & assignments? Latin has always been a struggle (motivationally) due to the format of the Henle texts. The poor presentation and incomplete nature of the solution resource has been a major source of frustration. From the example worksheet provided, it appears that we will continue to be very dependent on the Henle text which is what we were trying to avoid. Is that assessment correct? Or would my student get enough practice completing your worksheets in lieu of the Henle exercises? It doesn’t seem like there is a great deal of material on which to practice. Thank you for your prompt response. We are trying to make a decision before the end of the week.

    • Betsy on October 10, 2019 at 11:51 am

      Thanks for considering! The purpose of the Latin with Andy resource is to succinctly explain the concepts from the Henle books (1 and 2). Andy explains what Henle is asking in every exercise. He uses different vocabulary for copyright reasons, etc, but the concept is exactly the same. Andy learned from the Henle books and we felt the same way about the format of the Henle texts, so the idea was to present the same material in an approachable way. As far as a syllabus goes, we have typically used the Classical Conversations Guide as a pace. The CC Guide students go through about Lesson 20 or so the first year (7th grade), then repeat it the next year and go a little further (through Lesson 29). Andy helps not only understand the concept, but helps you understand and efficiently use the Henle books. With a membership, you will have access to many additional helps and downloads, including flashcards, declension and conjugation charts, and various quizzes and access to a FaceBook community where you can see Andy live and ask questions. I hope this helps – please feel free to email us at billing@latinwithandy.com, or you can email Andy directly at latinwithandy@gmail.com if you have any further questions. Thanks!

  28. Erin on December 6, 2019 at 11:18 am

    What exact Henle book is needed for this course? Would you post an ISBN so I purchase the correct book?

    • Betsy on December 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

      The ISBN for the First Year Henle Book (the purple one) is: 0829410260, and you will need the Grammar Book as well: 0829401121. The ISBN for Second Year is 0829410279. Hope that helps!

  29. Shelli on July 27, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    I’ve only seen a few of Andy’s videos, but they are so straightforward and very easy to understand. Love that! And thank you! We are about to start our first year of Challenge A (eek!). With the membership, do the vocab card printouts line up with the same vocab we are learning in class this year?

    • Betsy on July 30, 2020 at 10:29 am

      Exciting! Yes, the vocabulary cards lines up with the Henle vocabulary. They are available in our printables section by Unit. I hope that helps. Enjoy Challenge A!

  30. Jan on April 16, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    My son will be 13yo soon and is new to CC. Challenge B is being presented as an option. Is that doable? Advisable? Would this membership help prepare him to go straight into B?

    • Betsy on April 21, 2021 at 8:00 pm

      Yes! Many students join at all stages of challenge, and their parents simply scale the work as needed. You can do just that with the Latin with Andy membership. The lessons and exercises are organized to match the Henle books 1 and 2, but members have access to everything and can navigate to whatever video they need at the moment. It’s like a resource library of printable and video helps for Henle latin students. Challenge B students begin in the same place as Challenge A students, but simply take it at a slightly faster pace. You will be able to tell if you need to slow down or not. Essentially, the process would be to skim the Henle lesson with its exercises, then find the Lesson 1 Exercise 1 video and follow along with the video companion guide. After watching the video your son should have much more confidence to return to Henle and complete the actual exercise listed there. I hope that helps!

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