In what little spare time I have, I've been attempting to teach myself
Latin. A long time ago I bought Wheelock's
Latin, which apparently has become the standard introductory Latin
book. Also, since I've found I learn just as well, if not better, if I
read it online instead of in print, I went in search of useful sites.
Here's what I found:
Learn the grammar. Wheelock Help
contains the most useful resource I've yet found, Grote's notes (mirrored here). They're especially useful if you're
not up on all the grammatical terms. The only thing wrong with the
online version is that it's for the Fourth edition of Wheelock's, and
most people are using the Sixth. But no matter, buy a newer
copy of Grote's Notes.
Learn the vocab. I had been using Electronic
Resources for Wheelock's Latin, which was very useful. However, a
lot of the vocabulary was wrong, and no one seemed to be updating it, and it now appears to be dead.
This prompted me to make my own version of it.
Hopefully all of the vocabulary there should be right.
Practice. There's a group of Latin home schoolers who have
gotten together via the latinstudy
mailing list. Every week they send their answers for the exercises
inside Wheelock's to a coordinator, who then compiles all of the
answers into an easy-to-compare format, and you check your answers
against everyone else's. The theory is that most people will get a
correct translation, and if not, the coordinator is supposed to supply
notes on what a correct translation is. I don't recommend subscribing
to the list unless if you're really serious though; they have been
averaging 30-40 emails a day.