How does The Latinum Institute compare to other ONLINE language course providers?
There are several things to consider here - the overall cost, and the resources provided for the cost.
The Latinum Institute offers many hundreds of hours of carefully structured tuition in audio and a further several hundred hours of supplementary audio material.
In addition, Latinum offers more than one language, included in your single subscription.
In addition, you will not need to purchase any textbooks; this can make a course quite expensive.
For most ancient language courses, the audio material is a mere afterthought - or if it is provided, there is simply not enough of it.
(Prices as of 18-09-2020)
THE LATINUM INSTITUTE
AUDIO CD COURSES
ROSETTA STONE SUBSCRIPTION
A review of Rosetta Stone Latin from reddit, left by a Latin teacher:
I have been teaching Latin for two years and my school purchased Rosetta Stone... Some of my students finished all three levels (about 120 hours worth of work). We are discontinuing use of Rosetta Stone this year.
The problems are pretty enormous:
The software uses a lot of modern words (computatorium - computer, raeda - car, birota - bicycle) for the bulk of its material. You're not going to learn a lot of useful vocabulary for translation of ancient material.
The grammar lessons do exist, but don't ever explain themselves so you're left guessing about the uses of many of the noun cases and verb tenses. This is especially difficult if you don't already have a really solid grasp on Latin grammar (completely defeating the purpose of the software).
This is a good course, and the system used is good quality - if you really want a teacher, and not a stand alone audio course like Latinum's, then this course is recommended.
Ancient Languages Beginner's Latin Course $850 (22.5 hours)
Ancient Languages Intermediate Latin Course $725 (22.5 hours)
Ancient Languages Advanced Latin Course $725 (22.5 hours)
Total cost of Ancient Languages Course $2,300
(The same price again is to be paid to study Greek)
For comparison, the Adler Audio Course at the Latinum Institute alone is almost 200 hours long.