Since I converted I have been wanting to brush up my very rusty Latin - 5 years at school plus a year of reading Cicero and poetry with a friend while at University. So recently I bought myself the Primer of Eccliastical Latin and was most perturbed to find how the declensions are presented. In my youth in Britain it was: Nominative, Vocative, Accusative, Geneitive, Dative, Ablative. In the Primer it is Nom, Gen, Dat, Acc, Abl with no Vocative.
Now, I realise it is not that important but the order I learnt is now totally ingrained in me. No matter, I will just do the brushing up of the very basic grammar from my old textbooks and then jump in the primer stuff once that is past. I presume that there is no difference between classical and later Latin when it concerns basic grammar?
But I am curious, is this particular order for presenting the declensions of nouns standard in the USA? It is amazing how resistant my brain is to accepting any other format than mensa, mensa, mensam, mensae, mensae, mensa and mensae,mensae, mensas, mensarum mensis,mensis.