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Lingua Latina "Facilis Intellectu"

is a new Latin audio-visual course currently being produced by Latinum.

It is suitable for absolute beginners, or any student who has not used a natural language approach to learning Latin, and advanced students may find it interesting as well.

The Playlist for these lessons can be found here.

Evan would like to take this opportunity to thank all the patrons of Latinum - without their help it would be impossible to devote the time to producing a new free online course like this.

LINGUA LATINA "FACILIS INTELLECTU"

Learn Latin : Latim Para Iniciantes : Apprendre le latin


1. SERIAL AND ORAL LATIN COURSE

This course was designed by Evan specifically to provide a very gradual and easy introduction to the language for complete beginners. It is specifically designed as a lead-in to Adler, so that when you start with Adler lesson one, you will be more secure on your feet.

The audio course has a Latin pdf textbook that comes with it that can be downloaded at Patreon.

Serial and Oral Latin Course Step 1 to 50 pdf (BEGINNER)

2. COMENIUS' VESTIBULUM AUDIOBOOK

This is an easy Latin text for beginners. it will teach you basic Latin words and phrases. Comenius was a famous educator - he wrote the first ever illustrated children's book, the Orbis Sensualium Pictus. His Vestibulum is an introductory text. Using very simple sentences Comenius will help you build your initial vocabulary. This text is presented in Latin-English-Latin, and in Latin only for revision. Evan recommends that you start with the Serial and Oral course and the Vestibulum; once you have completed those, move on to Adler.

ENGLISH & LATIN 2h 09m Robotham's Edition Alternative Text (2) Alternative Text (3) Alrernative text (4)

3. ADLER'S LATIN AUDIO COURSE

A STRUCTURED IMMERSION COURSE

Adler's course is comprehensive - it takes a unique approach, teaching the grammar in detail in an academic fashion, while teaching the language itself in a more practical intuitive manner. Studying Adler is like taking two courses at the same time - a grammar course, and an immersion style language course. These two run alongside each other. Most of the focus is on the language immersion. Adler will take you some time to complete - it is a very long course - without any doubt it is the most comprehensive beginner's Latin course ever written - and the audio course offered by Latinum extends the original printed course even further.


The Adler audio course is The Latinum Institute's main Latin study course.

This course teaches in-depth grammar, but is not a 'grammar' course - most of your learning takes place through the extensive oral exercises.

Alder is a multi-year course, comprehensive and extremely thorough. While working your way through it you are strongly encouraged to use the bilingual student books listed at the bottom of this page - Aesop, Fenton, and other bilingual audio books, to broaden the range subject matter and to maintain your interest; Adler is very strong in some areas, but lacks in narrative.

These other selected resources, carefully curated, should be used together with Adler. Once you are around half way through Adler you will be ready to use the Latinum intermediate bilinguals, and towards the end the intermediate-plus bilinguals.


Each Adler Lesson starts with a grammar discussion, 'Part A' .

Then the examples are given in English and Latin, 'Part B' .

They are repeated again in Latin only, 'Part C'.

The first four lessons follow a slightly different structure.

Most chapters have between 60 - 120 minutes of audio.

Adler's Practical Grammar of the Latin Language has 97 lessons and runs for over 190 hrs.

The pdf textbook is available on Google Books, and can be found listed in the Books section of this website.

Adler's textbook is the Ollendorff Method. If you don't know what this is, have a read of this.


The Latinum Institute has produced a range of Shadowing resources that will be helpful to beginners - these are two types, 'Shadowing' and 'Reverse Shadowing'. In Shadowing, you listen to the Latin read aloud slowly, while reading along with a parallel literal translation. Reverse shadowing works the other way, where you listen to English while reading along in the Latin yourself. You will find shadowing resources marked Beginner, Beginner Plus, Intermediate and Advanced on the Shadowing page.

OTHER AUDIO COURSES AT LATINUM

Latinum has produced a number of other audio courses.

These audio courses have been produced to help you with revision, or perhaps you simply prefer to use a different textbook. However, for revision purposes going over the same textbook can be boring. Also, different authors approach the subject matter from different perspectives, and there is always something new to learn from a new author.

MORTIMER

Mortimer's Latin Without Tears is the only Latin Grammar listed that was written by a woman. It is an excellent introduction to Latin, and I highly recommend it as either a revision tool, or a first Latin book.

There is no reason why you cannot study from several teachers at the same time, and dip in and out of the various Latin audio textbooks provided.

Latin Without Tears

D'OOGE

D'Ooge's Latin for Beginners is a popular text, and many students like its more grammar-heavy approach.

D'Ooge Lesson 1 to 17 2h16m Text (BEGINNER)

D'Ooge Lesson 18 to 30 1h 36m Text (BEGINNER)

D'Ooge Lesson 31 to 40 1h 49m Text (BEGINNER)

D'Ooge Lesson 41 to 50 1h 39m Text (INTERMEDIATE)

D'Ooge Lesson 51 to 60 1h 23m Text (INTERMEDIATE)

D'Ooge Lesson 61 to 70 1h 27m Text (INTERMEDIATE)

D'Ooge Lesson 71 to 80 1h 17m Text (INTERMEDIATE+)

D'Ooge Lesson 81 to 90 22m Text (INTERMEDIATE+)

D'Ooge Lesson 91 to 107 1h 08m Text (INTERMEDIATE+)


PRENDERGAST

This audio resource is still in development: it provides a series of workouts in Latin: the course is extremely demanding, and would benefit students at all levels. If you are a complete beginner, you will find this course difficult, but incredibly rewarding.

Oral Latin Mastery (Beginner, but more suitable to Advanced)

UNDERWOOD

Underwood wrote this Latin Grammar to help students taking medical exams, as at the time he was writing, students of medicine and pharmacy in England still needed to pass an advanced Latin exam to gain access to college. The examples are all drawn from medical textbooks

UNDERWOOD'S MEDICAL LATIN GRAMMAR PART 1 ZIP-FILE

UNDERWOOD'S MEDICAL LATIN GRAMMAR PART 2 ZIP-FILE

UNDERWOOD'S MEDICAL LATIN GRAMMAR PART 3 ZIP-FILE

UNDERWOOD'S MEDICAL LATIN GRAMMAR PART 4 ZIP-FILE

LOWE AND BUTLER

This is a more traditional style of course, and is firmly aimed at the study of Caesar.

CAESAR -LOWE & BUTLER PART 1 ZIP-FILE

CAESAR -LOWE & BUTLER PART 2 ZIP-FILE

CAESAR -LOWE & BUTLER PART 3 ZIP-FILE

CAESAR -LOWE & BUTLER PART 4 ZIP-FILE

CAESAR -LOWE & BUTLER PART 5 ZIP-FILE

CAESAR -LOWE & BUTLER PART 6 ZIP-FILE

CAESAR -LOWE & BUTLER PART 7 ZIP-FILE

CAESAR -LOWE & BUTLER PART 8 ZIP-FILE

BUSBY

This is a brief introduction to Latin. It cannot be used to study the language in a deep way, but gives a good summary of the main points, and is useful for quick revision.

PART ONE ZIP FILE

PART TWO ZIP FILE

CHENEAU

This very brief introduction to Latin is useful as a quick revision course.

THE SHORTEST WAY TO LEARN LATIN ZIP FILE

LATIN VERB STUDY VIDEOS

Currently this series covers the entire Indicative Active Mood, and the Subjunctive Active Mood. They are designed for study and memorisation.

Indicative Active Mood 1 minute Verb Videos - ZIP

Subjunctive Active Mood 1 minute Verb Videos - ZIP

BEGINNER LEVEL AUDIOBOOKS

LATIN AND ENGLISH

A series of audiobooks has been produced, where the reading follows the pattern Latin-English-Latin, read phrase by phrase. This allows you to access unfamiliar material and learn new vocabulary while moving around without the book open in front of you.

These specially produced audiobooks will help you rapidly learn Latin.

A Child's First Latin Book 1h 49m Text (BEGINNER)

This book is one the of simplest Latin storybooks I have come across. It is presented in Latin-English-Latin, and repeated in Latin only.

This is a quick introduction to English grammar: if you are unsure about what a verb, adjective or tense is, then this short little course will be useful for you.

Aesop was a staple text in Latin classrooms for thousands of years. These special recordings present each fable in Latin-English-Latin, and then repeat the fable again in Latin only. They are mainly for intermediate students, but I have put them here as beginner's can get a lot out of them as well.

This is a most amusing book, written to help English schoolchildren learn basic conversational Latin. Once upon a time, in schools such as St Paul's Grammar School, students got whipped for speaking anything other than Latin on school grounds. Books such as these were helpful in teaching young children practical Latin for the classroom and playground.

This audiobook takes the Latin mass, and presents it phrase by phrase in English and Latin, before repeating the material again in Latin only. The language used in the Mass is not very difficult, which is why I have listed this text in the beginner section.

This is a vocabulary learning resource. Howell's Discernenda is a unique book that presents Latin words that might easily be confused. The mothod used is something similar to presenting what are known as 'minimal pairs'. All beginners should find this a useful audio resource.

How do we know how the Romans spoke Latin> Bennett's introduction to the pronunciation of Classical Latin. Are we just making it up, or is there a basis for the restored classical pronunciation of Latin?

This is a vocabulary study resource, to teach you the words you need to know to read Julius Caesar's De Bello Gallico.

This is an amusing little audobook of poems designed for teaching Latin vocabulary. The poems are in English, and were written by Sarah Coleridge. She was the famous poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge's only daughter: perhaps her father had a hand in writing these verses too!

Comenius' Vestibulum ENGLISH & LATIN 2h 09m Text (BEGINNER)

This is a vocabulary and basic phrase learning resource. Comenius' Vestibulum is one of the core texts at the heart of the Latinum audio course, as it teaches critical core vocabulary.

The Orbs Sensualium Pictus is also by Comenius. This, 'The Visible World in Pictures' is the first ever fully illustrated children's book ever published. It develops and expands the material presented in the Vestibulum, and will help you greatly extend the range of your Latin vocabulary.

This is a simple introductory Bible study reader, with simple Bible stories told in Latin-English-Latin, and then repeated in Latin only.

Corderius is a very important study resource: this is a textbooks of scripted conversations: they are more advanced than those included in Children's Talke, the book listed above. The goal is the same - to give a schoolboy the vocabulary and phrases needed to speak Latin in a schoolroom setting.

This is a basic introductory resource for studying the Gospel of St John. The text is presented first in Latin-English-Latin, read phrase by phrase, and then followed by a Latin only reading.

SHADOWING

As a beginner, you might find the method of shadowing useful to cover a lot of ground rapidly, to pick up knowledge of the language. A growing catalogue of specialised shadowing audio resources are being produced by The Latinum Institute. These can be found in the Shadowing catalogue, along with an explanation and suggestions for using shadowing in your studies.

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