|So, why the heck do I even have this page on this website? Well, first I'll explain that "JJJCL" stands for Jeff Joseph Geerling's JCL website; I used my middle name instead of my last name because that way I could make the "fading J" logo - it looked better than "JGJCL."
History of this Website / Hot News!
This website started as a simple site for submission into the 2002
National JCL Individual website contest, but soon exploded into a huge
project of flipping through notes, looking into other websites, reading
up on my sore points in Latin, and asking endless questions of the language.
I'm sorry if you find any errors on this site; if you do, please feel
free to email me, and I'll try to fix them. As you can understand, I
don't have all the time in the world, as I am attending high school
and playing volleyball while in our JCL club.
This site is updated as often as I can find spare time to update it; I post new information as I learn it in Latin class at school. Right now, I'm at the end of Latin II at De Smet Jesuit High School, so you won't find any Latin III or IV help on this site (yet) - this year you'll find new stuff I learn in Latin III.
I placed 2nd in the NJCL Individual Website Contest; click here for more information!
Yet another school year has begun ;( At least I still have Latin left
to look forward to :) As I have promised, site updates will coincide
with new material learned in my class at school.
P.S. My Latin teacher, Mr. Smith, is now creating his own personal website;
this should be a nice way to get some laughs, so I'll give you the link
to his site as soon as possible!
This website has pretty much fallen by the wayside in terms of updates.
Sorry. But I am still updating the most important and useful part of
the site: the PDF study guides. I keep a printout of each one in my
Latin book so that I have a quick reference for every bit of Latin that
I've learned in the past three years. I promise to continue updating
this section, but can't make any promises about other sections...
Latin this year has been fun. I love composition, as it is (I think)
a better way to learn the nitty-gritty construction of Latin. My Ecce
Romani book is still hated, but used out of necessity when we do Latin->English
Like I said in the last post, this website is very low on my priority
list. I have had to remove a couple of minor features because of
the space concerns on my iDisk... I have a dialup modem and can't
take a while to synchronize the files from my hard drive to the iDisk
when the files are over 1 MB! Anyway, at school, I am in Latin IV,
reading Ovid, Catullus, Cicero, and Caesar (lovin' every minute),
and have a new teacher. We finally don't use Ecce Romani (yay!),
and we're moving at a very fast pace... a translation or two per
Wow. It's been almost one year since I've done pretty much anything to this website... Well, now I have more than doubled the amount of Latin quotes on my site, thanks to a few contributors who have emailed me quite a few! Eheu! I am no longer taking Latin, as my high school career is over. I don't think this website will be getting quite the same attention as some of my other websites now, but I'll be sure to make any improvements anyone catches. I'm very happy my site is still viewed by the occasional poor Latin wayfarer, and hope anyone reading this loves Lingua Latina! Tempus fugitet ego.
Since my post above, I have not updated this site in any way whatsoever. Since I am a seminarian, I will be studying Latin here and there for the rest of my life (perhaps even enough to translate on-the-fly!). As such, I will probably update the site a little more, because I would still like to share my learning with others. However, this site is still not my highest priority... I will be more involved in my other JeffGeerling.com-related websites.
If you'd like to find out more about me, click here to go to my blog, or here to go to my other sites.
The last comment I would like to make is that I always acknowledge that my websites were made on a Mac; I would like to let the world know that my personal opinion (from experience of using various Macs, PCs, UNIX and Linux machines, and other types of computers) is that Macs are by far superior in looks, ease of use, ability to perform multimedia tasks, web design, and other intense computing tasks. This does not mean I hate a PC; they are very good for a low-cost word processing and Internet surfing machine. I've said my stuff, so thanks for listening!