Carmenta Tutor Profile: Patrick H.
Patrick H., B.A.
University of Pennsylvania
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- Conversational Latin
Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from The Catholic University of America.
Years Worked As Teacher/Tutor
Latin has always been a passion for Magister Patrick, and for the last 20 years he has not just studied the language but has also made it an integral part of his life. He even spent an entire year studying intensive Latin with Fr. Reginald Foster, Pope John Paul II's Latinist and a well-known advocate of spoken Latin. Magister Patrick believes deeply in the power of spoken Latin for gaining an advanced knowledge of the language, and so uses conversational techniques in all of his teaching.
Magister Patrick currently works as an international lawyer in Washington, D.C., specializing in human rights. In his free time he tutors homeschooled students in Latin. He has also managed to build a circle of Latin speakers in the Washington, D.C., area who meet at monthly potluck Latin dinners and in a Latin Skype community. Magister Patrick and his wife Jessica speak Latin in the home and have made it a first language for their three small children. In addition, Patrick and Jessica enjoy almost anything outdoors, including hiking, gardening, biking, camping, and the occasional marathon.
Magister Patrick also speaks French, Italian, and Spanish, and he has studied both Greek and Arabic.
My Experience With Carmenta
Learning Latin and Greek is the key to unlocking the ancient mind, and as it happens, the key to unlocking modernity. The rebirth of interest in classical texts in both Latin and Greek was the beginning of the Renaissance, and the origin of our modern era defined by representative governments that protect the rights of the governed. Thinkers like Pico della Mirandola, John Locke, and the Marquis de Condorcet mined those lofty thoughts from the texts of Seneca, Cicero, Plato and Aristotle, and thus gave birth to our modern age. If we really want to understand these origins, we have to comprehend these thinkers in their original languages. Carmenta's audio/video Skype classes are so much more effective than the old asynchronous approach because they allow the students a much more focused course of study than is possible with the traditional "books and mortar" school, and allows the student greater flexibility in class times, and instructor choice since neither are any longer limited to geographic area or time zone - the student or instructor can literally be from anywhere in the world. I have been speaking latin for over 20 years, and since I left school, and with the exception of my time in Rome when I had the benefit to actually be surrounded by Latin speakers, my primary way of practicing spoken Latin was through electronic media. Before the Internet, I used to listen to the Finnish National Radio broadcast in Latin on shortwave radio. With the advent of Skype, my ability to connect with Latin speakers around the globe was immensely increased, and finding people with whom to speak Latin was made much easier. The Internet facilitates creating virtual communities of Latin speakers that were simply not possible before. That is why Carmenta's live audio/video course format is frankly better than the "books and mortar" schools of old. In addition, the digital format provides a much less stressful format to learn Latin and Greek.
Carmenta's ‘living language’ approach to teaching Latin is frankly the best way to gain experience with these languages because it is the most natural way to learn any language. Carmenta leverages the Internet to find Latin speakers who can actually teach Latin as the living language it is. My personal experience teaching Latin with Carmenta has been very positive. The students are motivated, and want to learn how to speak the language. The students find the format of meeting once a week, plus doing an hour of Latin chat per week ideal for learning and practicing the language. The students have been great also, and the most enjoyable aspect of teaching for Carmenta was to see their skills speaking Latin grow through the semester. I work for Carmenta because even though I work full time here in Washington, DC, I can still teach for Carmenta in my spare time. Since I am on the East Coast, the timing actually works great for me to teach classes during the evening on the East Coast, that are still afternoon classes on the West Coast. Also, I was very attracted because Carmenta stresses that Latin is a living language, where traditional ‘brick and mortar’ schools are frequently still stuck in the mindset that Latin is a dead language.
I began studying Latin at the University of Pennsylvania, and continued my studies in Rome with Father Reginald Foster, who served four Popes as the official Latinist for the Vatican. I later went to law school, but continued practicing speaking Latin by whatever means available. Now, as our family grows, so does my ability to practice my Latin, because we speak it in our home as a first language. I am very proud to say that my four year old understands Latin better than I do, since I have always spoken Latin with him, and with his little sisters. You can see him in some of our Latin language blogs. My particular professional expertise is democracy and human rights, which subjects are frankly rooted in the ancient texts that we teach here at Carmenta. My favorite class to teach is Spoken Latin. My teaching style is natural - I think that we learn any language, including Latin, best by speaking it as naturally as possible. Besides Carmenta, I tutor students in Latin here in the Washington, DC, area. I was never skeptical about the effectiveness of Skype Latin and Greek classes. After my first experience with Carmenta, I am only more certain that the Internet is an excellent medium to teach Latin. As a parent, I would not hesitate to enroll my children in Carmenta tutoring.
I was really surprised when I first took Patrick’s class, as I had never experienced anything like conversational Latin before. I find it fascinating that there are modern-day communities of Latin speakers, which is something I would never have known without this class. The first time I heard Patrick speak, I was shocked, it was like nothing I had ever heard before; I had only ever heard Latin spoken aloud when reciting memorized vocabulary or haltingly reading out translated sentences. I find Patrick’s grasp of the Latin language as something of instantaneous communication, as well as a vehicle for the classic authors to share their wisdom, really interesting. I also enjoy being in a mixed-level class, so I can get a sneak preview of the things I will be learning in the coming months. I really hope to be able to learn a lot more about speaking Latin from Patrick.
Sturbridge, MA, USA
This is the first time I’ve had to learn the use of Latin in conversation. Magister Patrick has effectively introduced me into the use of Latin in a casual use with others. The weekly conversations with classmates have enabled me to execute what I have learned through communication with other students. This conversational aspect has indeed brought Latin to life for me!
Bristol, TN, USA
Patrick is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic Latin teacher. I am more motivated to continue my studies knowing that he also learned Latin later in life. The weekly chats help me practice a great deal; when I first started it was very difficult for me to complete an hour of chat.
I also like that he is teaching from a different background than Wheelock, as Wheelock is somewhat limited in its approach to everyday conversation.
Houston, TX, USA
It is difficult to learn to understand spoken Latin and to speak it yourself, but I have been greatly surprised by how much I have been able to progress in this class. Magister Patrick always introduces relevant Latin that we can practice at home.
Pleasanton, CA, USA
I liked my Conversation Latin class because the teacher [Magister Patrick] helped me learn many unusual words that would be used often in daily life. It has helped me to speak in Latin better. The instructor also helped me learn many conversational idioms and many ways to express words which do not have a direct translation into Latin.
Tracy, CA, USA
This past semester, my conversation class instructor was Patrick. His conversation class has been lively, animated and interesting, and my Latin conversational ability has steadily grown in all areas. It's a truly unique learning experience to be taught by someone who fluently speaks this ‘dead language’.
Greenville, DE USA
Patrick is my Conversational Latin teacher. He is an excellent conversation teacher because of his excellent and quick Latin. He helps me remember my words and he knows how to drill us but still create interesting sentences. His Latin knowledge also helps him give interesting and necessary Latin words. Finally he is very interactive with the class and with each one of the students.
Owings Mills, MD, USA
Patrick shows his knowledge in Latin every single class by speaking fluently and helping us to speak so as well. I have gained a lot of confidence under his instruction.
St. Louis, MO, USA
He is a fluent Latin speaker with a friendly and engaging personality. His specialty is Latin conversation with advanced students.
Eastern (North America)
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