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Stripe Latin: a grammar game

Stripe Latin is a game in which you lay out pieces of card so that their shapes and colors fit together. They then form rather pretty patterns, somewhat like multicolored railway tracks. They happen also to form Latin sentences, because the rules of fitting the cards together correspond to grammatical rules; so that by playing the game you can find yourself learning (or teaching) the rudiments of Latin.

The little book consists of instructions for cutting and coloring the cards, with full-size pictures of each type. (Buy two copies and you could just cut them out of the pages!)

You can't form all Latin sentences with this limited game, but you are compelled to form only correct Latin sentences. Nor do you have to worry that green means "masculine", red-with-a-stripelet means "plural", blue with two stripelets means "ablative"; it can be a lesson, or it can be just a game. You don't even have to be old enough to read "aquila eagle" or "sumus we are" written on the cards.

8½ x 11 in., 17 pages, colored illustrations. 1994. ISBN 978-0-934546-29-4.