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Adler. A Latin Language Immersion Course.



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Adler.
A Language Immersion Course.

Adler's textbook is possibly the most complete Latin Course ever written.  Adler's textbook was 'lost' and revived in 2007 by Evan der Millner. This audio presentation, originally produced by Evan for the Latinum Podcast,  turns Adler into an immersion experience. It is unique, in focusing on learning the entire structure of Latin grammar through conversation. With over  200 hours of audio, it is the most comprehensive Latin course of its type in existence, and is excellent value for money. 

Unlike with most Latin courses, with Adler you don't suddenly get 'stuck' as the textbook. after a few easy chapters.  takes a leap forwards. Development is gradual and systematic, although the first couple of lessons do have some difficult grammatical material, the actual examples  - where most of your learning takes place - are easy.


Each of the 97 lessons is in 3 parts: ( except for the first four lessons, which follow a slightly different arrangement)

1. Grammar and syntax with extensive paradigms added to the text. The grammar is very detailed, with large numbers of additional paradigms and useful memory clues. Vocabulary is presented in advance of every lesson.
2. Model question-answer conversations in Latin-English-Latin. Here you consolidate your vocabulary, and learn the grammatical structures in use.
3. Slow repetition and fast repetition of the conversational material in Latin only, for review.
Once you have mastered section C of any lesson, it is time to move to the next lesson

Adler is available as digital downloads as well:

Buy: PART 1    PART 2    PART 3 
 PART 4   PART 5   PART 6 
  PART 7   PART 8  PART 9 
            PART 10




16 comments:

  1. Mr. Millner has done amazing work creating this audio course. It is a real labor of love, and his passion for and dedication to the Latin language really shine through. I still find it incredible that someone would take up such a task and make his work so readily available to all for such a low price.

    This is a course intended for serious study, so you won't be able to just tune in and get something from it - a little preparation is necessary. The lectures follow the course laid out in the Adler textbook.

    This is a superior resource - Latin teachers are hard to find in a lot of places; this podcast with the associated resources can actually teach you well enough to make up for the lack of a teacher provided you dedicate yourself to it. Bravo, Mr. Millner!

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  2. This course has a large number of lessons (over 500 ? ). This course is not only for advanced Latin students-- though it's easy to make that mistake looking at the Latinum podcast itself, where you have to carefully navigate the complicated site. With the DVDs, each lesson is carefully labelled and appears correctly in once album in your mp3 player, when the files are transferred; so you should have no problems. The lessons are very thorough

    In the lessons the author is very thorough: he gives plentiful examples, explanations, and tastefully repeats them to aid in memorizing the content. You can read along with the textbook, or listen without it - the course is designed to be used without visual material being required.

    Overall, it is obvious that the author spent a great amount of time producing this course. I thank the author for producing so many great lessons to aid in learning Latin!

    As readings from a textbook the Latin conversation examples are not at all "authentic". However, specific vocabulary is pronounced which is good for the beginning student, and 'authentic' examples are provided in the syntax as the course advances.

    As a Latin teacher, I would recommend this course to guide students' beginning pronunciation.


    This is great stuff. Especially if you are in a Latin class, this will give you an edge over everyone else.

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  3. This is a superior resource - Latin teachers are hard to find in a lot of places; this course with the associated resources on other DVDs can actually teach you well enough to make up for the lack of a teacher provided you dedicate yourself to it. Bravo, Mr. Millner!

    This is well-suited to the autodidact.
    Non scholae sed vitae discimus: We
    learn, not for school, but for life.

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  4. I bought this DVD after first going through the entire Cambridge Latin Course (Sidwell & Jones). Since I have already been through it all once, you might ask why I am doing it all again with Adler. Three reasons: First, traditional grammars do not give you enough practice, and the Adler course has literally hundreds of exercises and lots of repetition, in a structured way. Second, its a lot more thorough than traditional grammars, and spends time on some of the less common constructions (for example there is a whole section detailing how to explain you are sick, another on the use of the word "usque", etc.) Third, I can listen in the car on the way to work. The Adler course does, however, have the following drawbacks: (i) there is very little classical Latin to work on; the exercises are all in adapted Latin (ii) there are no longer passages (except at the very end of the book) so moving over to real latin will be a shock if Adler is all you know(iii) the grammar sections are largely incomprehensible and contain sentences like "After the auxiliary verbs...the noun or adjective of the predicate is in the nominative, when the quality denoted by it is regarded as already existing in the subject; but when the quality is not present or missing, the infinitive following these verbs has a subject of its own in the accusative..." and so on (p283). Such general incomprehensibility of the grammar sections means most people will benefit from having another textbook on hand, though there are copious examples which do help. (iv) The course is very long and takes forever to get through.

    Having said all that, its still an incredibly valuable resource for me, and I have been using it with delight for months.

    Evan Milner reads clearly, at just the right speed, and occasionally even with expression! He even does far more than the textbook requires, repeating Latin, then English then Latin again, then in Latin only, slowly at first and then fast. This sometimes mind numbing repetition is fantastically useful for getting to grips with the material.

    The CD arrived promptly from Kunaki, the audio is of good quality and from a technical perspective I had no problems. One gripe I had is that whilst the CD is cheap, the shipping is really expensive.

    A thousand thank you's to Evan for preparing these CD's and making them available at such a reasonable cost.

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  5. This is an extraordinary course if you want to become fluent in latin. This takes about 500 days. I'm currently half-way. It's a living language approach based upon an ingenious textbook (Adler) that is available for free from Google Books. Evan Millner has spent hundreds of hours creating these meticulous recordings. Also offered are hundreds of recitations by other scholars. If you are interested in Classics, this is the way to learn latin. These recordings will endure for decades. Five Caesars (highest rating)!!!!!!

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  6. This course has a large number of lessons (around 400!). This course is not only for advanced Latin students-- though it's easy to make that mistake as some advanced lessons are at the beginning of the series. Pay attention to the names of the lessons and you should have no problem. In the lessons, the author is very thorough: he gives examples, explanations, and tastefully repeats them to aid in memorizing the content. Overall, it is obvious that the author spent a great amount of time producting this course. I thank the author for producing so many great lessons to aid in learning Latin! I can't wait for my next lesson!

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  7. C_Hook This is an excellent supplement (or alternative) to reading-only Latin learning approaches. I've taken several years of Latin in college, but felt that my fluency had plateaued. I was looking for something that would bring in other learning modes (listening and speaking) instead of the traditional reading-only method. Latinum was exactly what I was looking for and it has helped me move forward. Plus, it is something I can do while I'm driving or taking a walk. I really appreciate all the hard work it must have taken to put this together.

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  8. I spent about 3 months with Adler's Practical Grammar a couple of years ago: I was doing a long driving commute, and I did approximately a lesson per 3-hour drive. It was fantastic. I really got the feel of the constructions, I could hear them if I just asked, while reading a passage. My only regret is that I haven't had the time to continue--I got through about 30 of the lessons.

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  9. I started studying the Latinum course about two years ago. It has helped me more than any other course I've had to increase my proficiency in Latin. I am so glad I ordered the DVDs of the course now that I can't access it online anymore. Thanks, Evan!

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  10. In 2007, Evan Millner performed the monumental task of recording for LATINUM all parts of all 97 chapters of Adler's "A Practical Grammar of the Latin Language," including the exercises and the (Latin) keys Adler provided to the exercises. These recordings are now available on LATINUM as digital downloads as well as DVDs.

    If you're serious about learning Latin really well and you have the patience and persistence to build a really solid foundation, I can't recommend the combination of Adler and Evan's recording of it highly enough.

    I have blogged elsewhere (http://latinandgreekselftaught.blogspot.com/2011/05/teaching-yourself-latin-and-greek.html) of my own success in using Adler + Millner + Ørberg (Hans Ørberg's Lingua Latina) to resurrect my Latin. It took me about exactly a year to get through all of this; the spine of my printed copy of Adler was so worn I had to buy another copy. Read and listen. Read and listen. Read and listen!

    If you're skeptical or reluctant to invest this much time in a work from 1858, read Alex Sheremet's review of Adler + Millner on the US Amazon site. If you're put off (rather than amused) by the quaintness of the language in the exercises, read my blog.

    Note: By the fourth Adler chapter or so, Evan settled into a regular pattern, with each chapter divided into three parts, 'a', 'b', and 'c', each with its own recording (MP3). He hadn't settled in on this pattern yet in the first couple recordings/chapters, so don't get confused.

    Disregarding the cost of purchasing a printed copy of Adler, which I recommend, and disregarding the nominal cost of the DVDs or downloads on LATINUM, Adler + Millner is virtually free. Again, if you're really serious and willing to put in the time (years) to learn Latin properly, give it a shot.

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  11. I find it hard to keep motivated with Adler and it has way too much technical detail for me. The English translations use German sentence structure with English words. ("Have you?" instead of "Do you have?" etc)It also gives you too many rare exceptions, when you are trying to learn the basics.

    I find Millner's Oral and Serial Latin much better (at least for someone is the first couple of years of Latin). It has more variety: sentences and also dialogues ("colloquia"). The English translations sound like real English. And the vocabulary is a bit more useful. Jim65

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  13. I’ve been reading your comments and I’ve found them all very interesting, I wonder if anybody could recommend a beginners course with Adler for myself?

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  14. I’ve been reading your comments and I’ve found them all very interesting, I wonder if anybody could recommend a beginners course with Adler for myself?

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  15. I’ve been reading your comments and I’ve found them all very interesting, I wonder if anybody could recommend a beginners course with Adler for myself?

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  16. Does anyone know where I can find the most reliable Adler text itself?

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