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Paco
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12 June 2014 at 11:53pm | IP Logged 
Has anyone heard of this series? I know at least two books exist for each of English,
French and Italian. But is there any else?

I could find little information about it: the famous Italian site about natural method
seems to be closed, and this forum only has a mention of possible existence of a
Russian book.

Edited by Paco on 13 June 2014 at 1:09am

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13 June 2014 at 10:44am | IP Logged 
Some decades ago you could see ads about "Naturmetoden" in Swedish magazines, maybe it's the same method. I found almost the whole series (~50 booklets) at a second-hand bookstore in the late 1990s; English being the target language. The method itself is about learning vocabulary and grammar in context, call it comprehensible input if you want. The illustrations are often in an older style (typical for advertisements from the 40s-50s).
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13 June 2014 at 4:55pm | IP Logged 
The one success of this series has been Ørberg's Lingua Latina, which is still a commonly used textbook
with multiple levels and many ancillaries. Ørberg published it himself in Europe for many years and sold the
rights to distribute it in America to Focus press. You can see the webpage for the series
here
My understanding is that Ørberg's books were more successful because he didn't just create from scratch, but
drew heavily on previous Latin textbooks written on the "direct method," such as Avellanus' Palaestra
(here)
and especially Paine and Mainwaring's Primus Annus
(here).
Ørberg's textbook far exceeds these, but they at least gave him some framework to begin with.

I've looked for the volumes of the Nature Method series in other languages, but never laid my hands anything. I
wrote another post about it in a similar thread a while back:
here.
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14 June 2014 at 3:11am | IP Logged 
I have found the french book and the Spanish book, but I'm not sure about their legal status though. The French
book has IPA under each sentence. And quite frankly it seems very dull.
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Paco
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14 June 2014 at 4:08pm | IP Logged 
Thank you for the information and links!

I think "Naturmetoden" is what it is called in Swedish, and I believe it is the same
method. The author said at least 7 more English books would be published, but it is
amazing to know more than 50 once existed.

Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata indeed came out from the same institute as far as I
know. And yes, while others have faded in the current of history, Ørberg's has risen to
the top league.

You can still track down their English, Italian and French methods, both online and
through used book stores. I believe they must exist for other languages as well,
but I could gather little information about them, except the Russian one in your
thread.

The elementary books I have for the 3 modern European languages are indeed dull. But
the second level looks fine, and if there are more books at that level or higher, I
would be happy to have them. Even the first level books are not that bad as there are
worse materials for monolingual Chinese students.

I would not hesitate to recommend at least the English books to my nephews, to help
them build up their first 4000 words and basic grammar. Hope is long lost in mandatory
education. (By the way I am only in my early 20s.)

Hampie:
I could not locate any Spanish book, both in stores and online. Would you mind telling
me where to look for?

Edited by Paco on 15 June 2014 at 12:15am

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14 June 2014 at 4:30pm | IP Logged 
Here's a list of the books in the series: http://lingualatina-orberg.blogspot.com/2012/06/el-metodo-di recto-aplicado-las-lenguas.html



Edited by daristani on 14 June 2014 at 4:31pm

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14 June 2014 at 9:43pm | IP Logged 
Paco wrote:

Hampie:
I could not found any Spanish book, both in stores and online. Would you mind telling
me where to look for?

There was a blog post at the Italian site that sells Lingua Latina, and the very famous Italian version of Athenaze,
where they listed and linked to several other methods similar to those, among them Spanish.
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31 October 2020 at 7:56pm | IP Logged 
Fans of the "Nature Method" courses will be pleased to see that audio files for the books are now showing up on YouTube.

One version for the French book is complete, and can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Clw1BtwcnCw&list=PLAadwKeAHR jjOTdip627SQIUN4u94pXlV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Clw1BtwcnCw&list=PLAadwKeAHR jjOTdip627SQIUN4u94pXlV

Another version, with a different speaker, is still in the process of production, and is being put up here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uS5WSeH8iM&list=PLf8XN5kNFk hdIS7NMcdUdxibD1UyzNFTP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uS5WSeH8iM&list=PLf8XN5kNFk hdIS7NMcdUdxibD1UyzNFTP

The Italian book is still being put up; the first few lessons are here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLf8XN5kNFkhfQonvCySTr KEUV742WzshJ

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLf8XN5kNFkhfQonvCySTr KEUV742WzshJ

PDF files of the books alone can be found here:

https://archive.org/details/jensen-arthur-le-francais-par-la -methode-nature

https://archive.org/details/jensen-arthur-le-francais-par-la -methode-nature

https://archive.org/details/LitalianoSecondoIlMetodoNatura/m ode/2up

https://archive.org/details/LitalianoSecondoIlMetodoNatura/m ode/2up


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