Welcome to Latinum.
Latinum is a multi-level and multi-year audio course for Latin language suitable for home study that is affordable and comprehensive.
This extensive Latin course and graded audiobook library was started in 2006 to help students across the world teach themselves Latin using extensive audio courses and resources.
The course is hosted on Patreon's servers, and by subscribing at Patreon, you get access to the course. Please look at the various pages on this site, to get an idea of how extensive and wide ranging the course is. Levels are Beginner, Beginner +, Intermediate, Intermediate + and Advanced.
When you use the course, please bookmark this site, as it contains the course catalogue. New uploads that may not yet be catalogues on these pages can be found by looking at the post feed at https://www.patreon.com/latinum ; there is also a useful search facility there.
The course and resources here are frequently used as a supplement to school or university courses, or as a stand alone course for self study, or to re-learn old rusty Latin. Subscribers have included university professors, parents and children learning as a family, retirees, and students at all levels wanting to supplement their formal classroom studies.
Latin teachers are in short supply across the world, and taught courses (even purely online ones) are not cheap. Individual audiobooks are expensive - Latinum offers its entire catalogue for a small monthly subscription.
The course and audio material is multi-faceted, and includes not only traditional grammar course material, but also extensive natural language learning material, and a growing audiobook catalogue of stories etc, graded by difficulty level.
The main focus is as always, Latin.
The catalogue of languages has recently been expanded to include introductory course offerings in Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic.
The course can also be used as a supplement to school or university courses, or as a stand alone course for self study, or to re-learn old rusty Latin.
All textbooks used by Latinum are out of copyright, and can be found online for free in pdf format.
Longum iter est per praecepta, breve et efficax per exempla
It is faster to learn by example than by rules
"Evan der Millner has done a wonderful job of providing students with electronic total immersion in Latin instruction and readings" - R. P Sonkowsky Professor Emeritus, Classics, University of Minnesota
You need to 'fire on all cylinders' to master any language and get an instinctive 'feel' for it.
This must involve listening, speaking aloud, reading, and writing.
Few formal ancient language courses spend much time on the first two, which, to my mind, are the most important of the four, especially for a beginner.
Our audio course provides the hours of support that you will need to succeed, and provides excellent value for money.
Learning a language to high level reading fluency requires a significant investment of time - and we can only sit in front of a book for so long each day.
Using our carefully designed audio course means you can also study during time you would not normally have available - while commuting, doing household chores, out for a walk, or at the gym. This dramatically increases the time you have each day for language study, and as a result, your chance of success.
Latin has a system of long and short vowel sounds, which are hard to master unless the language is heard. The standard printed works do not show the vowel lengths.
Additionally, listening is more likely to activate the 'speaking' area of your brain than reading alone. Our system is not merely passive listening, we also have interactive exercises in the Serial and Oral, Adler and Prendergast lessons (Prendergast is entirely interactive)
The other main advantage of listening is that it forces you to process the language in its natural order - no 'hunting for the verb', or attempting to re-arrange the Latin into another language's pattern - instead, you train your brain to deal with Latin, as Latin.
All the Latin audio here is carefully read in restored classical pronunciation.
Molendinarius' pronunciation of Latin has been extensively peer reviewed, and conforms to the academic gold standard - primarily Sturtevant, followed by W. S. Allen's 'Vox Latina', the ARLT Guidelines, and the Cambridge Philological Society.
Greek pronunciation used on the course follows a form of reconstructed Koine, approximating the way Greek may have sounded during era of the late Roman Republic.
Aio, linguam non ex infinitis grammaticorum praeceptis, sed ex veterum librorum lectione et imitatione comparandam esse.
I say, a language is not acquired from an infinity of grammatical rules, but from reading the books of the ancients, and through imitation.
- Jacob Flacciolatus , anno 1715
Latin Teachers Embrace Extensive Reading, Shaune Larder, ERJ, Volume 10, No. 1, pg 4. May 2017
"One text he [Millner] resurrected was George Adler’s A Practical Grammar of the Latin Language (1858). This text sought to teach Latin through what he termed “a Serial and Oral method”. The way the text is utilised by Millner is similar to the Audio-Lingual method of the 1960s (1) except explicit grammar instruction is also given. Millner argues that the method may not have been popular at the time because it required a teacher to conduct hours of question and response style drills which gradually introduced grammar and vocabulary."
"The book comes in at over 1000 pages long but is comprehensive. Millner spent two years recording the exercises into an audio format where a student can run the drills from an audio player."
"He suggests the book be worked through whilst being supplemented with a large amount of easy extensive reading passages as well. Millner has also created playlists divided by level so that beginners looking for extensive reading or listening practice might find something from the archived books and get audio as well."
"Locke and Hamilton's interlinear readers are included in his collections. Like Conlon, he notes that traditional approaches do not contain enough actual reading practice and he advocates massive amounts of reading and listening as well as oral practice drills."(1) The system used is similar to that advocated by Butzkamm and Caldwell (2009)
A selection of citations of Latinum in academic papers, 2007 to 2019:From Slate to Tablet: using new technologies to teach and learn Latin and Greek , 2007, Andrew Reinhard, Director of eLearning, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers Latinum, by E. M. Engelsing, Amphora, Vol 7 Issue 2 2008Social Networking in Latin Class, Teaching Classical Languages, Fall 2009 Andrew Reinhard, Director of eLearning, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers JSTOR Reading Latin Poetry Aloud: A Practical Guide to Two Thousand Years of Verse by C Brooks, review by R.P. SonkowskyHigh School Latin Curriculum on Four Myths in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, 2010, Melanie Elizabeth Rund, pg 17Latīna Lingua Academica Omnium Gentium Usurpētur! (Thesis) D. A. Jekel 2011Інформаційні технології і засоби навчання, 2014, Том 40, №2. The Direct Method of Teaching Latin, University of Arizona (Thesis) Eric Charles Hensley, 2015A Podcasting approach to Teaching Classical Languages, Christopher Francese, Dickinson College, Spring 2015Barbarisms at the Gate, Classical World, Volume 109, Number 4, Summer 2016, pp. 507-523 (Article), Patrick M Owens, Published by Johns Hopkins University Press Learn Latin From the Romans, Eleanor Dickey, Cambridge University Press , 2016Latin Teachers Embrace Extensive Reading, Shaune Larder, ERJ, Volume 10, No. 1, pg 4. May 2017Online Resources for Teaching Latin, Texto Livre, Olena Balalaieva, National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, 2019Making a StINK with STEM in the Classics Classroom, Nathalie Roy, The Journal of Classics Teaching 20 (40) 2019 p.14-19