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November 3, 2016 at 7:03 pm #7644
L. Horatia Adamas C. Cassiae Longinae omnibusque S.P.D.
Plurimas gratias pro confirmatione! Many thanks for the confirmation [that Rosetta Stone does do Latin]. Too bad that they don’t do classical Greek as well, but that has always had a smaller audience, and likely a very tiny group of speakers. However, the Assimil series does have a text for ancient Greek, one accompanied by CDs to help with pronunciation. I have heard that this text is not as good as the one for Latin, but apparently it still is valuable, and would be used at the schola if they could find a teacher. I don’t know whether or not it is published in English (or Spanish); the Latin one is available in Latin / French, Latin / Italian, and Latin / German, and the schola provides translations into both English and Spanish to its students. The older French edition is available online, but they have a very new one now, one which apparently improves on the original–and probably costs even more than the one they took out of print some years ago. Videte (although this video was created before the publication of the German edition, and that of the very new revised French one):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl= … Dg70dIbDUw
Vale, et valete!November 4, 2016 at 3:34 am #7651
Duolingo is a free language learning app. It is mostly translation exercises. It also has occasional speaking exercises. You wont become fluent just using the app but you can’t beat the price. Latin has been requested but so have hundreds of other languages so I wouldn’t hold your breath. I did find several Latin tutors who have studied Classics at the phd level. They charge $50 per hour but thats actually much cheaper than a university course, and its one on one instruction. I tried getting through Wheelocks on my own but I think I need an instructor. I found the tutors using Wyzant, which is a website where instructors can sign up and it connects them with students. I would sign up for tutoring in this group if there was a way to do it face to face, maybe using Skype.November 4, 2016 at 4:41 am #7652
L. Horatia Adamas Ti. Publicio Graccho fautoribus linguae Latinae S.P.D.
Gratias pro explicatione de ‘duolingo!’
Equidem quoque linguis et culturae classicae ad doctoratum obtinendum studui donec rebus familiaribus studia relinquere coacta sum.
I know of a very good course which uses Wheelock, but it is too late to enter it this semester. However, first semester can be run in second semester as the courses are on separate pages. I can also tutor if you like. The course does charge tuition, but is only a little more per semester than what you cited for a single hour. It uses a special software package adapted to instruction, and has sound files as well as some interesting photographs, but is not conducted via Skype. However, it often is one on one…and students can ask as many questions as they like. Time zone and similar issues make live interaction rather difficult.
BTW, the video whose link I included in my previous post is of a well-known Latinist, Avitus, who is highly respected for his fluency in spoken and written Latin. Those who know Latin might want to listen to it and learn how Latin really did sound.
Vale, et valete!November 4, 2016 at 5:31 am #7653
Curio Graccho Sal.
I like your suggestion for the use of Duolingo, even if it doesn’t have Latin yet. I use it to learn Russian, as I would like sometime in the future to be able to somewhat converse with our non-English speaking citizens from Sarmatia. Plus, it’s always good to have another language under your belt.
L. Aurelius CurioNovember 4, 2016 at 7:06 am #7654
L. Horatia Adamas L. Aurelio Curioni fautoribus linguae Latinae S.P.D.
Potes quoque cum Sarmatiis aliisque Latiné colloqui, nam etiam ibi sunt Latineloquentes. 😉
It’s always good to learn languages–and Latin is among the best to learn. Knowing Latin makes it much easier to learn Romance languages, even non-Romance Indo-European ones, plus one gets the added benefit of being able to read a large selection of literary works of considerable merit along with the ability to speak with others who have no other common tongue. There are Latin speakers in Russia…in Hong Kong…in Japan…in many parts of Europe, both east and west…and I expect that several of them will be coming to Kentucky next July for a major conference of Latinists.
Vale, et valete!
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