Want to know how to write a basic letter in Latin? Describe your day’s activities in Latin? Order lunch, or talk about Augustine’s view of the soul? The Ambrose School invites you to join us for our first annual Latin conversation weekend, Biduum Ambrosianum. This seminar presents a unique opportunity to learn and practice conversational Latin as Dr. David Noe of Calvin College leads participants through simple exercises and games to help build a basis for using more active Latin.

Our biduum (two day event) will be divided into six sessions of one hour each.  The setting and environment is friendly and informal, and though some prior knowledge of Latin will be helpful, mastery of grammar or experience speaking Latin are not required.

Registration cost: $90; $60 for Ambrose students

Testimonials from attendees at previous Latin conversation weekends with Dr. Noe 

“I loved the conference. It was such a joy to be with a group of like-minded Latinists. It was also a good affirmation for me that I’m not too bad at spoken Latin.” Michael K., Michigan.
“This weekend was a blast. So lovely to read and discuss (in Latin!) our favorite authors…I really liked the way things ran this weekend. Allowing English during breaks was nice.” – Christie P., Kentucky.

“While I knew I was way out of my league at the Biduum, I learned so much and am very grateful for the experience.  It has changed the way I will conduct my teaching in Latin.  I think the class will be much more interesting and meaningful (and FUN).” Karen A., Lake Odessa, MI

Latin Conversation Weekend Schedule

Friday, September 23

11:30-1 PM Registration in school lobby/Lunch available for purchase

12:00-12:50 Optional school tour (leaves from school lobby)

1-2:30 Welcome and Session 1

2:30-3 Break

3-4 Session 2

4-4:30 Break

4:30-5:30 Session 3

6:30-8 Optional dinner at local restaurant

Saturday, September 24

9:30-10:30 Session 4

10:30-11 Break

11-12 Session 5

12-1 Lunch break

1-2 PM Session 6


For those traveling to the biduum from out of town, we recommend the following hotels:

Space is limited so register soon!

This Latin conversation weekend is for students ages ten through adult, as well as for teachers who want to incorporate more active Latin in their classrooms.  The cost for both days is $90.  Current Ambrose students pay $25.

Register with the form below and submit. A confirmation message will appear below where you can submit payment online. If you have any questions about the weekend, please contact Heather Jennings at hjennings@theambroseschool.org.

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