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Julius Caesar, English With John Extra #1

Written by Ioannes Oculus

When learning a language good resources are irreplaceable. There are tons of them on standard topics like shopping, ecology or travel. In the English With John Extra, I want to share with you some less standard topics used in a language learning/teaching context. As you know I’m an English teacher and Latin learner, so to start a series of materials to learn English I chose a biography of Caesar. You will find here some texts and exercises to enrich your vocabulary.

PDF file: English With John Extra #1 Julius Caesar

I hope that after this you will be able to say as Caesar said: Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered).

There is an interesting YouTube video about Caeser on Biographics channel called Julius Caesar: A Roman Colossus. Watching the video can be a continuation on learning about the topic. The language of the video is quite advanced though.

For class usage:

The exercises from pdf can be followed by a discussion on topics like:

  1. What references to ancient culture can you find in modern books, films or TV series? Which of them do you find interesting and why?
  2. Is learning history important for us? How do you understand the Roman proverb: ‘history is the teacher of life’?

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About the author

Ioannes Oculus

I am addicted to languages, both modern and ancient. No language is dead as long as we can read and understand it. I want to share my linguistic passion with like minded people. I am also interested in history, astronomy, genealogy, books and probably many others. My goals now are to write a novel in Latin, a textbook for Latin learners, Uzbek-Polish, Polish-Uzbek dictionary, modern Uzbek grammar and textbook for learners. My dream is to have a big house in UK or USA where I could keep all my books and have enough time and money to achieve my goals.

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