‘Latinum’ and ‘Schola’ websites flourishing

Evan Millner has clearly found a winning formula with his podcast version of an existing Latin course. The figures he reports make you wonder how many commuters with their mp3 players are not listening to their favourite pop singers but are actually absorbing the ablative absolute on their way home from work.

Anyway, congratulations to Evan on what he has done and is continuing to do for Latin.

More cheering news:

Latinum ( a simple google search for ‘latinum’ or ‘latin podcast’ will find it at the top of the list ) is approaching its second anniversary. The entire Adler course is almost all online – all 97 lessons of it, offering several hundred hours of structured Latin tuition.

In addition, Latinum offers a growing selection of Latin readings, and a huge vocabulary learning resource, neo-Latin colloquia, and resources specifically targetted at GCSE.

Over 3 300 000 ( 3 million three hundred thousand) individual audio episodes have been downloaded from Latinum so far, rather a lot of Latin.

Schola on http://schola.ning.com has its first anniversary at the end of the month, with over 780 members. People join every day. Schola now has a real time chatroom, which gets busy every day, with people forming friendships with others who have only Latin as a shared language of communication.
Schola also offers blog posts, a forum, Latin videos, and a huge photolexicon with over 3 500 labelled images.

Evan Millner.

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One Response

  1. Salve,
    Latinum has had an erratic couple of months – still lots of downloads, but as the server was waiting for an upgrade, often the site was taking a long time to load the music files into the music player.
    This has now been fixed, ( March 2009) and Latinum is more zippy. Approaching 4 million audio files have been downloaded. I have now completed the entire Adler course – working one’s way through Adler should give a person a good basic grounding in conversational Latin – and an excellent way of getting introduced to the type of sentence patterns one would find in Terence, Plautus, and other pieces of theatre written in Latin ( There is also large body of Renaissance theatrical work in neo-Latin as well). Then begins the slow process of consolidation – achieved by listening to large amounts of simple Latin, gradually increasing in complexity….in other words, following the same type of learning path as for learning a modern language. This process, the gradual ascent to full fluency, takes years, as it indeed does in any language. The goal of Latinum, is to get the users thinking in Latin, and dreaming, even, in Latin, and reading Latin as Latin, without needing to translate first in their heads. Obviously, this process cannot be achieved overnight.

    Schola now has 870 members, and continues to grow steadily. http://schola.ning.com
    There is now an integrated chatroom on schola, which is similar to the chatroom on facebook – this chatroom gets busy a couple of times every day, as people meet up to type/chat to each other in Latin – most of the ‘writing’ taking place on schola is interactive, in the chatroom. The site is also a great place to meet others in your area – many members write private correspondence to each other in Latin. Schola is a really friendly community, a unique place where Latin is actually functioning in a practical and public place, as an international language of communication – as Latin is the only language that unites all our members, many of whom can write in Latin, but not in English.

    Schola also has a secondary chatroom, where members often retire after first meeting up in the primary chatroom. This Locutorium alterum offers audio and video chat as well.
    Evan Millner

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