Thursday

Latin Language Chatroom on Whatsapp

Latinum has created a space where you can have conversational practice in Latin.
 The rules for the Whatsapp Locutoria will be the same rules as drawn up by the late John Doublier z'l and myself for the Schola Latin chatrooms ( now closed down) in 2008:
 1. Latin and Greek only.
2.  Focus on communication; focus on the message, not the grammar.
  • Cum errare humanum sit, ne timueritis scribere, metu errandi permoti. 
  • Scripta autem aliena nolite corrigere, nisi auctor auxilium petit.
  • Locutorium id agit ut Latine scribendi ars colatur. 
  • Ergo scribite tantummodo Latine.
 ΔIAΛOΓOI ATTIKOI  ΝΥΝ ΕΣΤΙΝ ΟΜΙΛΟΣ ΤΩΝ ΑΤΤΙΚΙΖΟΝΤΩΝ


Any of the Locutorium Latinum Latin and Greek chatrooms are open to anyone. If one is full, try the other one.
There is one rule for the chatrooms: Latin and Attic Greek only.
I set up the new Latin Whatsapp Chatroom on the 17th November 2019, and have been gratified to see it grow very quickly. A secondary overflow chatroom was needed, as after two days, subscriptions were approaching the 257 person limit. If the first chatroom is full, please join the second. 
Si per WHATSAPP confabulari per litteras vis, habemus LOCUTORIA LATINA, et possis illic confabulari per litteras, picturas ad alios emittere, etc.
 Junge Te!
Visne alios invitare? Ecce vincula ad gregem:   
 ΔIAΛOΓOI ATTIKOI  ΝΥΝ ΕΣΤΙΝ ΟΜΙΛΟΣ ΤΩΝ ΑΤΤΙΚΙΖΟΝΤΩΝ


Even if you are a complete beginner, simply say hello.  When you join, please introduce yourself
 'Salvete, nomen mihi est _______________" 
will be fine. :)   
Seeing  people chatting freely in Latin will inspire you to progress in your studies, as you will see before your eyes that Latin is not a dead language, but is still the living  language of scholars that it has  been since the fall of Rome.
 
 WHY NO CORRECTING?
Why the rule about no correcting?
 Modern language theory and evidence based research tells us that over correcting, even correcting at all, is usually counter productive in the early stages of attempting to communicate in a new language.
 As long as you are actively studying the language as you go, errors will eventually resolve themselves. Fluency is achieved through action, through exposure to the language, and through struggling with using it.
 If a learner is unsure, to the degree that they are scared to communicate at all, then they will think twice before even attempting to communicate.
 You have to just wade in and take risks. No risk taking, no learning.
 So, unless a user specifically asks for help, no-one is allowed to comment on another user's grammar or Latinity. 
In reality, in the give and take of the real-time chatroom, this rule is relaxed somewhat.
HOW TO CORRECT SOMEONE POLITELY
 A polite way to correct someone is to re-phrase what they said, correctly, as part of your reply, without explicitly saying you are making a correction.

Monday

Whatsapp Latin Language Chatroom or Locutorium

I set up a Locutorium (chatroom) on Skype, which runs quite well with around 250 members. However, fewer and fewer people use Skype regularly, and although the group was stable, and has been for a couple of years, there has been no expansion.
   I set up the new Latin Whatsapp Chatroom on the 17th November 2019, and have been very pleased to see it grow very quickly, with many more new faces appearing. 
Si per WHATSAPP confabulari per litteras vis, habemus LOCUTORIUM LATINUM , et possis illic confabulari per litteras, picturas ad alios emittere, etc.
Junge Te!


Please do join, even if you are a complete beginner, simply say hello, (you can use the formula below if you like.)  Then, just lurk. Seeing all these people chatting away in Latin will inspire you to progress in your studies, as you will see before your eyes that Latin is not a dead language, but is still the living  language of scholars that it has always been since the fall of Rome.
 The rules for the Whatsapp Locutorium will be the same rules as drawn up by John Doublier and myself on the old SCHOLA website:
 1. Latin only.
2.  Focus on communication; focus on the message, not the grammar.
  •  Cum errare humanum sit, ne timueritis scribere, metu errandi permoti. 
  • Scripta autem aliena nolite corrigere, nisi auctor auxilium petit.
  • Locutorium id agit ut Latine scribendi ars colatur. 
  • Ergo scribite tantummodo Latine.

Here is the join link.

When you join, please introduce yourself 'Salve, nomen mihi est ....." will be fine. :)

 WHY NO CORRECTING?
Why the rule about no correcting?
 Modern language theory and evidence based research tells us that over correcting, even correcting at all, is usually counter productive in the early stages of attempting to communicate in a new language.
 As long as you are actively studying the language as you go, errors will eventually resolve themselves. Fluency is achieved through action, through exposure to the language, and through struggling with using it.
 If a learner is unsure, to the degree that they are scared to communicate at all, then they will think twice before even attempting to communicate.
 You have to just wade in and take risks. No risk taking, no learning.
 So, unless a user specifically asks for help, no-one is allowed to comment on another user's grammar or Latinity. 
In reality, in the give and take of the real-time chatroom, this rule is relaxed somewhat.
HOW TO CORRECT SOMEONE POLITELY
 A polite way to correct someone is to re-phrase what they said, correctly, as part of your reply, without explicitly saying you are making a correction.

Thursday

The Latinum Institute's Online Latin Language Course


         
      The Latinum Institute offers a complete Latin Language Audio Course for self-study, Adler's Practical Grammar of the Latin Language.

      The Adler Audio Course is comprised of 97 lessons, comprising 190 hours of audio.

      The Adler Course forms part of a larger suite of materials with well over a thousand of hours of Latin audio, to help you reach Latin fluency. This suite of materials can be accessed via the Latinum Audiobook Catalogue.
      Supplementary Study resources for the Adler Course
      In addition to the Adler Audio Course, a suite of supplementary study materials specifically for Adler's course have been created:

      Adler's Textbook is available for free on Google Books here.
      The Dictata (Exercises) are free on Google Books is here
        The Dictata (Exercises) transcription by Carolus Raeticus is here
        ANKI flashcards for Adler by Carolus Raeticus  are here
        Clozemaster Games by Adam Bushashia  for learning the vocabulary for Adler in the context of sentences of the exercises are here

      If you prefer to have each lesson segment as a separate audio file, I recommend you subscribe to the download catalogue .

      The Adler Audio Course is structured in the following way:

      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.

      Suggested Curriculum for using the supporting course materials


      Read reviews of Latinum at Trust Pilot


      Other materials:

      Latinum provides supplementary study materials in audio for Latin and Greek, with some Hebrew and Aramaic.

      The Latin Streaming Catalogue
      The Latin Download ZIP file Catalogue

      You will find everything you need here to learn Latin to an advanced level. There is no need to even buy a single textbook, if you are prepared to use digital books.

      The Institute
      Molendinarius (Evan der Millner), the founder of the institute, rediscovered  Adler's textbook shortly after Google scanned it, and over a two year period of full-time work, he converted it with painstaking care into an audio course. The Greek, Hebrew and French courses offered by the Latinum Institute follow the same method.

      Mastery
      The Latinum Institute offers you the tools to master Latin and Greek, in all its forms. To this end, textbooks that were written for teaching Latin as a ‘workhorse’ language are used – including parts of Comenius‘ famous 17th century course, Adler‘s Practical Grammar, Kontopoulos' Greek Course, and extensive supplementary materials.

      You can follow the steps broadly outlined here – but feel free to use the materials in any order. For Latin, you are encouraged to begin working with Adler and Comenius. 

    Join our Locutorium Latinum at Skype. There are over 260 members in our Latin Language chatroom! Only Latin can be used. Beginners are welcome, we all have to start somewhere. Please message Evan on Skype if you want to be added to the group. e_p_millner (Molendinarius)

The Latinum Course for Online Study of Latin and Greek


         Salve,

    Welcome to the Latinum Course.  Since 2006, many thousands of students across the world have used the Latinum Course Materials - on YouTube, or with the provided audio materials here on Patreon and the original (now defunct) Latinum Podcast, where it all started.
    I invite you to start listening, to become more fluent. Knowledge of the classical languages will give you an unbroken view across thousands of years of European Civilisation. Climbing the mountain to reach the vantage point that is fluency, is worth the effort. The Latinum Course will hold your hand as you proceed, leading to fewer pitfalls along the way. We can't remove the effort required, but we can make the ascent more pleasant.
    Suggested Curriculum for using the course materials

    Read reviews of Latinum at Trust Pilot
    Summary:
    Latinum teaches Latin and Greek, with some Hebrew and Aramaic. The site opens a pathway to full command of the language. (The YouTube site additionally has French, Hebrew and English language resources)

    You will find everything you need here to learn Latin to an advanced level. There is no need to even buy textbooks, if you are prepared to use digital books.

    Method:
    Molendinarius (Evan der Millner) has recreated Adler's famous textbook as an audio course. The Greek, Hebrew and French courses follow the same method.

    The goal is to give you the tools to master Latin and Greek, in all its forms. To this end, textbooks that were written for teaching Latin as a ‘workhorse’ language are used – including parts of Comenius‘ famous 17th century course ( possibly the most complete Latin course yet written, covering 4 years of full-time education), Adler‘s Practical Grammar, Kontopoulos' Greek Course, and other supplementary materials.

    You can follow the steps broadly outlined here – but feel free to use the materials in any order. For Latin, you are encouraged to begin working with Adler and Comenius. 

Join our Locutorium Latinum at Skype. There are over 260 members in our Latin Language chatroom! Only Latin can be used. Beginners are welcome, we all have to start somewhere. Please message Evan on Skype if you want to be added to the group. e_p_millner (Molendinarius)

Wednesday

New Latin Online Resources - Latinum Vocabulary Tests with Clozemaster

Adam Bushashia has written to me, telling me all about the wonderful Latin study resource using Clozemaster he created.
Adam has constructed interactive study games that use the material in Adler's Practical Grammar of the Latin Language, to help you learn Latin online.
These are an excellent study tool to use alongside the Adler Latin Course.

This collection Adam created uses the material from here, the .txt version of  Adler's Practical Grammar of the Latin Language  created by Carolus Raeticus, and the associated Anki study set of the exercises.
How do the Cloze games work?
The games give a Latin sentence, with the corresponding English beneath. A word is missing in the Latin sentence. You can select multiple choice to select the missing word, or choose text input, to type in what you think the missing word may be.


Adam tells me he has created over 7,000 Cloze games in this series - more than enough to keep you very busy; I have had a look at them, and think they would make an excellent revision tool for learning and revising your Latin.

Sunday

Latin Novels

Little known today, some of the earliest novels ever written in modern times, were composed in Latin for an international audience.

Indeed, the history of the modern novel large in large part in the development of the novella as a descendent of the ancient Roman writers, composed in a deliberate attempt to re-invent the ancient format last popularised by the ancient Greeks and Romans.

A large number of these works exist - the readership is now miniscule, and indeed, most of the works and their authors are long forgotten.

For example, John Barclay was once one of the most celebrated authors in England in his generation, but as his output was in Latin, not English, we do not remember him.

His works included:

Argenis (1621) available also in an illustrated edition . This book was effectively the number one best-seller of the entire seventeenth century.

This book was the first well-constructed and popular novel written since the fall of Rome.

Which just goes to show, that a book can be famous for a very long time, and still be utterly forgotten by everyone except for a small group of neo-Latin scholars and historians.

It is available in a modern reprint with a facing English translation.


Satyricon (The first satirical 'Roman a Clef' (a novel in which real people or events appear with invented names.) ever written.)

Other Latin novels are:
Mundus Alter et Idem by Joseph Hall, 1605

Reipublicae Christianopolitanae Descriptio  by Johannes Andreae , 1619

Civitatis Solis by Campanella, 1623

Utopia by Jacobus Bidermann, 1640

Scydromedia by Antonius Legrand 1699

Nicolai Klimii Iter Subterranneum 1741

Nova Solyma by Samuel Gott. This Latin novel was previously ascribed to the poet Milton, and indeed, Google Books, in some editions, has it catalogued with Milton as the author.

Psyche Cretica by Ludovicus Praschius






Tuesday

The Latinum Audio Catalogue

 Streaming Library at http://latinum.org.uk , hosted at Patreon.

Adler's Practical Grammar of the Latin Language - The Latinum Institute's complete Latin course, with approx 191 hours of audio and support material. 
Aesop's Fables - presented in audio in English and Latin, read phrase by phrase. The material is also read in Latin only, without the English. 
Bennett - A short introduction to the pronunciation of Latin. 
Bible - Genesis Chapter 1 to 19 read from the Biblia Sacra Castellionis. 
Bible - The Book of Jonah read from the Biblia Sacra Castellionis. 
Bible - The Book of Psalms read in various versions - the Vulgate reading is complete, readings from  the Biblia Sacra Castellionis are in progress, and other translations into Latin by various authors. 
Busching - The Liber Latinus in Usum Puerorum Latinam Linguam Discentium Editus - a self explanatory title, if ever there was one; this is a basic Latin reader. 
Caesar - Cannon's version of De Bello Gallico in simplified Latin. 
Caesar - De Bello Gallico Book One read in English.
Caesar - De Bello Gallico deconstructed and reassembled phrase by phrase, using the same method as used in Adler's textbook, but here applied to a classical text. 
Caesar - All the vocabulary for De Bello Gallico read in Latin and English. 
Caesar - Selections from De Bello Gallico in Latin only. 
Caesar - De Bello Gallico Book One in Latin. 
Casserly - Latin Prosody - never an easy topic for beginners, Casserly's text provides a reasonably accessible introduction to prosody.
Catholic Ritual - The Holy Mass read in Latin and English, and with a repitition in Latin only. 
Catholic Ritual - Litaniae Beatae Virginis Mariae 
Catholic Ritual - Pater Noster
Catullus - Selected poems in Latin
Chickering - A First Latin Reader - stories in simple Latin. 
Coleridge - Pretty Lessons in Verse - amusing poems for learning Latin vocabulary. 
Collar - Via Latina - An intermediate level Latin reader with entertaining stories. 
Comenius - The Vestibulum - a basic introductory reader for learning essential structures and vocabulary - the first book in Comenius' series of Latin textbooks. This text is presented in Latin and English, and in a Latin only revision version. 
Comenius - The Orbis Sensualium Pictus - an illustrated abbreviated encyclopedia of the world, aimed at school children. This text is presented in Latin and English, and in a Latin only revision version. 
Comenius - Der Kleine Lateiner - an abbreviated version of the Orbis Sensualium Pictus. (Latin only) 
Comenius - Rudimenta Grammaticae - a basic Latin Grammar, presented in Latin only. 
Corderius - the Colloquia - scripted schoolroom conversations, aimed at priming a student for school life, and life at the university. Presented in different editions, in Latin and English, and for revision, in Latin only. 
der Millner - Cursus Linguae Latinae - an audio-visual immersion course, presented in Latin only. 
D'Ooge - Latin for Beginners - this textbook, and the Latin reader at the end, is presented as an audio course. 
D'Ooge - Colloquia Latina - basic scripted conversations in Latin. 
Erasmus - Colloquia Nonulla Selecta - Scripted conversations by Erasmus, presented in English and Latin, and Latin only. 
English Grammar – A Productive English Grammar – introducing the basic grammatical terms, for those new at learning languages. 
Eutropius - Historiae Romanae Breviarium - presented in a Latin paraphrase version (Hamilton), with English, and also in a Latin only version, and in a Latin only paraphrase by Stirling. 
Fay - Carolus et Maria - a basic story in easy Latin. 
Fenton – A Child’s First Latin Book – read in English and Latin, and in Latin only. 
Florus – Rerum Romanarum Epitome – Stirling’s Latin paraphrase. 
Greek Studies – please refer to the Greek catalogue. 
Hebrew – Please refer to the Hebrew and Aramaic Studies Catalogue 
Hoole – Pueriles Confabulatiunculae - “Children’s Talke” - a wonderful little book of scripted conversations, presented in Latin and English, with a Latin only read-through. 
Image Vocabulary – the blog created by Latinum for learning Latin vocabulary.
L’Homond – Historiae Sacrae – presented in English and Latin, and Latin only. This text is a summary of Bible stories. 
L’Homond Urbis Romae Viri Inlustres – D’Ooge’s edition of L’Homond’s Latin storybook, giving short biographies of various characters from Roman history. 
Lectures – various talks and lectures from the Latinum Institute. 
Materia Medica -A famous pharmacy textbook read in Latin and English.
Maxey – Cornelia – a Latin storybook. 
Maxey – A New Latin Primer – a very basic storybook for beginners. 
Millner – The Serial and Oral Latin Course 
Mortimer – Latin Without Tears – a very accessible introductory textbook for learning Latin. 
Neo-Latin -Various readings of a variety of topics.
Nepos – Vitae – The lives of famous Romans and Greeks, read in Latin only. 
Nutting – A Latin Storybook for Intermediate Students – on an American theme. 
Pexenfelder – The Apparatus Eruditionis – a Great encyclopaedic work, aimed at giving the Latin student an incredibly detailed vocabulary. Written in rivalry with Comenius, arguably Pexenfelder’s Latin is superior. 
Pied Piper of Hamelin – the Latin version.
Prendergast – Oral Latin Mastery – what it says on the tin, this audio book is popular. It is still in production. It can best be described as weight training for Latinists. 
Puer Romanus – a Latin storybook.
Reed – Julia – A Latin storybook. 
Reynold – A Latin reader – an interesting and unusual Latin storybook. 
Songs – a few songs in Latin. 
Sonnenschein – Ora Maritima – A Latin Storybook.
Sonnenschein – Pro Patria – A Latin storybook
Stanford and Scott – The Junior Latin Reader – a selection of popular stories in Latin. 
Virgil – Book One of the Aeneid in Latin paraphrase and English read phrase by phrase. 

Monday

The Robertsonian Method

The Robertsonian Method - an eighteenth century conversational method for learning Latin.

I stumbled on a new Latin textbook I had never seen before, today, on Google Books.
It is called The Robertsonian Method , published in 1845, based on an original work by a Mr Robertson, resident in Paris.
This is a development of the Jacotot Method, and was originally designed for learning French. It was adapted for Latin, while keeping the modern language teaching methodology, by Alexander H. Monteith ; Monteith also authored versions in French, Spanish, German and Italian, and was furthermore the author of an English version of Ahn's Latin and Greek textbooks.
The textbook begins by offering a short passage, which is then analysed in great detail, followed by a natural language question-answer sequence based on the text, in the form of a dialogue.
The method works as follows: The text is given, along with an interlinear translation. A pronunciation guide is provided, but this is of antiquarian interest only, as it provides a detailed pronunciation scheme for the nearly extinct native English pronunciation of Latin, as used in England for centuries until it was superseded by restored classical pronunciation in the mid 1900s.
Following this, the text is provided in two columns, and the student is asked to engage in double translation.

Page five begins the section which would have been highly controversial in 1845 - Latin conversation. A century prior, and this would have not seemed out of place, as until the mid 1700s Latin was still in regular use by lecturers in universities across Europe. The jingoism that accompanied nationalism, and the rise of the nation state had not yet pushed internationalist Latin into the dustbin of history.
Montheith writes " Latin cannot, in the present day, be deemed a colloquial language." He then continues and says, " but an exercise in conversation may nevertheless serve a variety of useful purposes."
What are these purposes? Monteith enumerates them as follows:
  • Impressing words already known upon the memory
  • Vocabulary in context is better learned than from a vocabulary list.
  • Words can be presented in various aspects and combinations, expanding knowledge of construction.
  • It illustrates the use of the language in practice.
Here is an example of the scripted conversation. No translation is provided, as by this stage the student will have encountered all the vocabulary used while studying the short text, upon which these comprehension questions are based.
Question: Quis thesaurum invenit?
Answer: Quidam viatores.
Q. Quot viatores?
A. Tres.
Q. Quid invenerunt?
A. Thesaurum quendam.
and so on, until the full content of the short text that has been learned has been covered in detail.
I think this text makes an excellent adjunt to Adler, and addresses a serious deficiency in Adler, namely the lack on long pieces of continuous prose under analysis.
I have sought to rectify this in my audio course by using Comenius and other authors, however, I think Robertson's methodology is the most closely aligned with Adler's method, and is complementary with it.
I plan to make an audio course from Montheith's textbook, as I think it is a very useful text indeed for a Latin student.

Montieth also gives guidelines for construction - in other words, Latin composition. This is a neglected area in modern Latin courses, which are largely translation only courses. Very few modern Latin courses require the student to write much Latin that is not reverse translation. However, as Montheith points out, if you want to become good at writing Latin, then there is no better teacher than immersing oneself in the classical authors themselves.

Tuesday

Latinum is now at Patreon

Latinum is now at Patreon, where you can subscribe and access the entire Latin audio library.



Wednesday

Learn Latin at your own pace, with Latinum's audio course

Since 2006, Evan der Millner has been carefully constructing a Latin language audio course that can be used for self-study anywhere.

Latin teachers are few and far between, and concentrated in a few places - if you are an adult, and interested in Latin, then there are few places where you can find a comprehensive course that will hold your hand while you learn the language.

Latinum provides hundreds of hours of dedicated lessons, and in addition, a growing catalogue of audio books in Latin. Many of these are read phrase by phrase in Latin and English. The course is designed so that I can be used as an audio course alone, although all the recorded material also has pdf files for the source material on which the audio is based.


Latinum's principal Latin course is an audio version of George Adler's Latin Ollendorff. There are also audio versions of D'Ooge, and a couple of other Latin textbooks, some of which are still in production, with updates periodically uploaded.

The site is navigated by catalogues - there are a number of these, all accessible from the main home page.


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