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Molendinarius's Blog – May 2008 Archive (8)

Latinum Update

Latinum had a new milestone this week - over 10,000 files were downloaded in a single day. Since the start of May, 3 905 individual users have accessed the site, from all over the world. The map is interesting, as it shows clearly where Latin is being studied.

Added by Molendinarius on May 28, 2008 at 7:05am — No Comments

What is authentic Latin?

What is stylistic authenticity? For example, I could argue Newton's style is authentic, as is that of any other - authentic for his or her times.

Likewise, the style of those who write on the Grex or on Schola, is also authentic - it is authentic 21st century neo-Latin.

Just as we read Jane Austen and Dickens, no-one proposes that we write in pure imitation of them. Influenced, perhaps, but each writer develops his or her own style, eventually. A fluent neo-Latinist would also develop… Continue

Added by Molendinarius on May 28, 2008 at 3:30am — No Comments

NEW ON 'LATINUM'- FABULAE FACILES

This week, a new feature has been added to 'Latinum ' - reading of easy stories culled form a wide variety of old Latin reading books - these range from Mythology, to American History. At this point, Adler has covered enough grammar to enable users who have followed the lessons until this point, to cope quite well with simple Latin texts read aloud. These will help the users to consolidate their Latin, and will present a wider variety of material.

I do not claim to be a particularly… Continue

Added by Molendinarius on May 25, 2008 at 5:53am — No Comments

Gesta Recentissima Scholae

Ioannes Franciscus Dublierus instituit disceptationem "Skyscraper/gratte-ciel/Wolkenkratzer/grattacielo/rascielos latine." in VOCABULARIUM.



Tomaeus et Baloc et Metrodorus, et Martinus Ionhannesque sententiam aperuit et adnotatiōnem reliqvit dē cyberdiariī ascriptiōne Dies internationalis contra homophobiam.



Metrodorus addidit 300 photographias



Ascriptiones Cyberdiarii:



Boris ille Johnson, Ordinatrum novum, Die Saturni,

Laborans,Reticulatio… Continue

Added by Molendinarius on May 24, 2008 at 8:31am — No Comments

propositum est nobis die vicesimo sexto (die lunae) mensis Maii convenire Latine loquendi causa

Cethegus Metrodoro s.p.d
de proxima nocte loquendi Latine. iam propositum est nobis die vicesimo sexto (die lunae) mensis Maii convenire hora sexta causa loquendi Latine. congrediemur in popina, nomine ‘Pizza Express’, quae in via ‘Charlotte’ sita est. spero te die vicesimo sexto venturum esse. cua ut pancratice valeas!
Bank Holiday Monday, 26 May, meeting at the Pizza express in Charlotte Street, 6pm. (London, UK)

Added by Molendinarius on May 23, 2008 at 4:09am — No Comments

Latinum Update May 21 2008

Interesting to note the number of users in China and, more suprisingly, in Iran and the Gulf states. Numbers in Africa remain low. South America has recently begun to emerge as a locus with a rapidly increasing number of users.

Added by Molendinarius on May 21, 2008 at 7:07am — No Comments

Distribution of Latinum Podcast users for first two weeks of May 2008

Curious as to where the thousands of daily lessons downloads from the Latinum podcast's online course in spoken Classical Latin are coming from, I signed up to ClusterMaps. Much to my surprise, there are users scattered across the globe, with predictable concentrations in Europe and the Americas. More surprising were the locations of other users - Mecca, Cairo, Dubai?, Tunisia, Iran, and a number in China, Japan and Indonesian archipelago, and a few… Continue

Added by Molendinarius on May 13, 2008 at 3:30am — No Comments

New approach in language lessons helps pupils progress more quickly

New approach in language lessons helps pupils progress more quickly





By Richard Garner, Education Editor

Wednesday, 7 May 2008



A pioneering project that is helping thousands of primary pupils to learn a foreign language shows they are progressing at about twice the rate of children using traditional textbooks.



A study of 1,000 pupils learning French through lessons delivered via a CD-Rom revealed significantly higher achievement during the course of a… Continue

Added by Molendinarius on May 7, 2008 at 4:39am — No Comments

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