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Oral Lesson for the accusative case, singulars and plurals

Essential Latin: Lesson Two: The Accusative

Oral Exercises for learning the singular and plural endings of the cases in the Accusative singular and plurals.

1. Habesne musam? Vero, domine, musam habeo.

Num habes musam? Non, domine, musas habeo!

2. Habesne dominum? Ita est, domine, dominum habeo.

Num habes dominum? Non, domine, non; vero dominos habeo!

3. Habesne deos? Non, Domine, non habeo deos; vero Deum habeo.

4. Habesne regnum? Non… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on July 7, 2008 at 2:54pm — 2 Comments

Oral lesson covering all cases, for the nominative singular and plural.

Essential Latin: Lesson One:

Evan Millner.

Oral Exercises for learning the singular and plural endings of the cases in the Nominative singular and plurals. All five declensions are covered, to be taught in one lesson.

Each question is asked to each pupil in turn. They may answer how they wish, either in the negative or affirmative, but the 'official' answer is given after they give theirs. First time round, they may simply take turns to read through, with the teacher… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on July 7, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

S_O_V innate across all languages? Useful research with applications to Latin pedagogy.

The mind apparently has a consistent way of ordering an event that defies the order in which subjects, verbs, and objects typically appear in languages, according to research at the University of Chicago.


If the research below is true, then it will be VERY QUICK to teach our students correct word order in Latin sentences - simply ask them to ACT OUT the sentence in gestures first, after showing them… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on July 7, 2008 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment


Dear Mr Whalen,

Thank you for your recent response to my reply to your open letter of June 28 2008, on the subject of the Latinum podcast.

You may be interested to know that Latinum is not the only oral Latin podcast type course available online.

There are others:

Seumas MacDonald's LinguaLatinaetGraeca


Laura Gibb's various Latin podcasts ( which have been around far longer, and are far more… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on July 6, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Latinum Podcast users from 4 May to 4 July 2008

9400 unique users over this period accessed Latinum.

Added by Latinum Institute on July 4, 2008 at 7:55pm — No Comments




Si cyberpressōrium tuum super internexum qvī suprā appāret premis, qvadrātum vidēbis ubi "Screen Name" (Nōmen Cybernēticum) inscriptum est. Dēlē "Screen Name", in locum qvōrum verbōrum inscrībe deinceps in qvadrātō textuālī nōmen usōris tuum. Deinde preme cyberpressōrium tuum super spatíolum qvod iuxtā est,… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on July 2, 2008 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Locutorium Scholae - New Latin Chatroom

Schola now has a brand new chatroom for Latin.

It is a matter of logging on and hoping someone else pops in - if you're online, just keep the window open - Schola now has enough users that eventually someone will pop in.

The chatroom also allows for video and microphone, or just the usual typing.

There is a link to the chatroom on Schola's main page:

No registration is needed to use it, simply type a name into the 'screen name' box, and click… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on July 1, 2008 at 8:23am — No Comments



W.S. Allen, in his “Vox Latina”, dismisses the idea that Latin had a pitch accent, despite the description of this accent in great detail by a number of Roman grammarians writing prior to the fourth century AD. Allen states that the accent is “a minor detail of the Greek”. This would be like saying that the musical accent of Italian was “ a minor detail of Italian”. In fact, the survival of the pitch accent, albeit in modified form, in Italian, and the… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on June 29, 2008 at 2:30pm — 12 Comments

One of the best Latin textbooks ever published

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Latin textbooks ever published., June 16, 2008

By Alex Sheremet (Brooklyn, NY) - See all my reviews

If you've found this page, you're either lucky or industrious. Adler's "Practical Grammar" is virtually unknown to anyone outside of the spoken Latin movement, and for good reason: it's geared towards building oral fluency, which amounts to spending years on "fake Latin" before moving on to the original texts. Of course, this is how all languages have… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on June 17, 2008 at 5:36am — No Comments



A number of new vocabulary learning resources have recently been made, and are available for free on Schola and Latinum. You can either direct your students to them directly, or save the files to present in other ways. For example, the vocabulary files could be downloaded and burned as Audio CD's and handed out. So could the image files, or they could be loaded onto students' memory sticks for taking home.

A SERIES OF OVER 3 000… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on June 5, 2008 at 4:00am — No Comments

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 Latinum Institute 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 Latinum Institute on May 28, 2008 at 3:30am — No Comments


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 Latinum Institute 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 Latinum Institute 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 Latinum Institute 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 Latinum Institute 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 Latinum Institute 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 Latinum Institute on May 7, 2008 at 4:39am — No Comments

Guido Angelino Mortuus Est 1911-2008

A selection of Angelino's writings in Latin have been posted on Schola


Added by Latinum Institute on April 30, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Latinum Update

Additions to Latinum:

1. Vocabulary learning help for GCSE Latin - word files in English-Latin of core vocabulary to play in the background while you are doing something more useful, like rollerblading. The painless way to learn vocab.

2. General vocabulary building files:

I have uploaded the first 20 episodes of vocabulary items classified according to their subject matter. This keeps the vocabulary in semantic fields, and makes it easier to learn. There will be over 20… Continue

Added by Latinum Institute on April 12, 2008 at 1:34pm — No Comments



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