Pretty easy, overall.
I would recommend this course because the teacher is an excellent one- Dr. Lyons is passionate about teaching Latin and is patient with those who struggle. All he wants is for people to do the homework and not excessively disrupt the class- do those two things, and the class is a breeze. The homework, which mostly consists of passage translations and simple exercises, can be completed fairly quickly. Lyons checks all the homework he assigns and gives completion grades. But that is not the only reason to do the homework- it very much helps with remembering what you learned in a given chapter. I always did the homework and truly excelled in the class (an A every single quarter), while those who regularly did not complete it fell into Ds and Fs. Thankfully, Lyons is lenient and at the end of the quarter, he allows his Latin I students to submit any missing assignments or retake any quizzes/tests with a low score. Don't wait until the last minute though- always do your best to complete your Latin work!
The highlight of this course, in my opinion, was an understanding of grammar that I did not have before. Dr. Lyons takes the "hands-on" approach to Latin with translations rather than lengthy seminars on grammar structures; however, the nature of the language requires basic knowledge of grammatical cases and their uses, grammatical subject/object, subjunctives, etc. I am able to apply the grammatical concepts I learned from Latin in other languages, especially the Romance languages. I learned the fundamentals of Latin very well in this course; the next year I went on to Latin III and this year I am taking AP Latin. Though this is only my third year studying Latin, I feel very well prepared because of how solid the foundations of my knowledge are.
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Advice for students:
If you had to ask yourself only one question before taking this course, it would be this: Are you willing to practice? It's the only way to have long-term retention of vocabulary and grammatical structures, which is important not only in Latin, but every foreign language course. Knowing your stuff will make the course much more enjoyable, and you'll be able to avoid the stress of making everything up at the end of the quarter.