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After various experiments, I decided to include the full tonal accent range recorded as being used by the Roman grammarians. This took a lot of effort to master, but I think I've finally 'got' it right enough, with a few small hiccups here and there, which probably only a few people will ever notice. I had my first 20 or so chapters from Adler peer reviewed by an academic that I have confidence in, and re-recorded quite a few episodes.
I make an effort to get the vowel lengths correct, and check almost every word in the dictionary, as even Adler does not mark all the vowels in all his examples fully. Some issues with pronunciation can never be resolved, and never will be. I do not believe that Restored Classical in its various guises is the only valid pronunciation, but when using it, one should aim for a set of parameters that are generally accepted, and then stick to them consistently.
I do exaggerate certain things on Latinum, particularly in the slow readings. I had no idea there where so many ways to say "Do you have some good wine left"? I have loaded all the B lessons from lessons onto my portable player which I keep with me at all times! Pretty amazing what you can learn while commuting, going to the gym, or just chilling at Starbucks watching the people go by. When I feel that I really have them nailed I will proceed to the C lessons. I am wondering how many hours of recording the entire project will encompass and how many so far you have recorded?
Well, anyway, don't stop, please until it is complete. I am a confirmed fan. Makes complete sense to me. Do you know of it? If so, any opinions? I thought it might not hurt if I offered a comment. I am currently using both programs adler and assimil and I find them fully compatible - although as I am sure you are aware different pronunciation schemes are employed.
This is not so much of a disadvantage as it might seem.
The ear just gets used to switching between "restored classical" and "continental" for lack of a better term. The important thing about these methods is that they are executed viva voc e. The assimil dialogs are more amusing. The adler sessions are more thorough with regard to drilling on basic linguistic structures.
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We can become relatively fluent speakers by using such resources. The Assimil online course also keeps you to a strict timetable. I was in the course you are in now in but I dropped out. My reasons had nothing to do with the instructor or the method - I just got distracted. But I still have all the lessons on.
Right now I am about where you are in the course and will be trying to stay up with you I assume you are in the fast track so as to be able finish with it around June. Assimil is the true living language method; you are plied with just enough grammar to keep you going. The ear does the rest. The two outstanding characteristics of the method are oral models to imitate and facing or adjacent english language text. John Dobson uses the same method to teach Biblical Greek.
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He states in the introduction if I recall correctly to his text something to the effect that this method facing translation and repetition has been proved scientifically to be optimal for language acquisition. Using it, in 3 months I was able to read the Gospel of John. Pimsleur, I believe, is very similiar in concept. Evan Millner, I gather, is a strong proponent of this active listening approach and it was a stroke of genius on his part to have identified the Adler text.
I pray to God that he completes the project.
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And I agree with you that the sheer scope of the project is daunting. It can take some time to find what you are looking for and then to organize it on your own drives. Here is what I plan on doing over the next 7 months.
Catch-up with Adler I am almost current. Finish Assimil by end of June 3. Supplemental listening from Nuntii Latinii and perhaps some poetry.
Readings from Oxford Latin Course and Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata Most of listening portion will take place while in the gym, while shopping, while taking evening walks, etc. And I can't tell you how great a nice boring latin lesson can be at that hour cum somnus nos urget. As for the book work, I can only find time for about 45 minutes per day. For me that means being able to pick up any classical text and read it straight out without recourse to a dictionary every 6 words.
I can do this now more or less with certain writers. Others, as everyone knows, are much harder. Being fluent to me also means being able to speak and write the language with some ease. For the speaking part, I hope in the future to be able to attend some summer seminars. More information these issues and privacy can be read here. A Latin grammar for beginners combining the analytic and synthetic methods, containing the inflections, the more important principles of syntax, exercises, models for parsing and analysis, and vocabulary TEXT HathiTrust.
A Latin grammar for the use of schools. A short introduction of grammar; compiled and set forth for the bringing up of all those that intend to attain to the knowledge of the Latin tongue TEXT New York Public Library. A short, plain, comprehensive, practical Latin grammar: comprising all the rules and observations necessary to an accurate knowledge of the Latin classics, having the signs of quantity affixed to certain syllables, to show their right pronunciation.
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