Through the years, in my different language learning endeavors, I’ve always marveled at how much I have been able to improve my overall ability in a language (especially French) through simply listening to as much (level appropriate) content as possible in the target language, every day.
The last few years I’ve been on the look out for any and all videos of skilled Latin speakers to listen to. Not too long ago the number of videos available was not that extensive.
Luckily things are changing: the amount of recordings of speeches and lectures held in Latin is increasing rapidly, making exposing ourselves to immense amounts Latin easier than ever.
Adding More Latin Audio
I’ve collected videos from all over YouTube into a playlist to watch/listen to and I thought I would share it. It contains videos of Luigi Miraglia, Nancy Llewellyn, Terence Tunberg, Vilfried Stroh and many more. It is by no means complete, but I have tried to include what I have found thus far.
Thanks to the increasing number of talks, conferences, and summer courses, I have been able to grow the number of hours in the playlist to over 70 hours of spoken Latin.
Make Listening to Latin a Habit
Listening to a language you’re learning is one of the best ways to improve: it’s like physical exercise, the benefits are numerous, e.g. it forces you to understand the morphology, syntax, and vocabulary in real time; it trains you to anticipate the language. In all my language learning endeavors, I’ve always found that I make the greatest (and easiest) progress by listening to as much (level appropriate) content as possible in the target language, every day.
I suggest making it into a habit to watch or listen to one or two of these videos of people speaking Latin, every day. As I’ve written about here, a little time spent listening or reading Latin every day leads to massive results in a year.
The playlist consists of videos of talks and lectures given by some of the best Latin speakers in the world, among other people, it contains videos of Luigi Miraglia, Nancy Llewellyn, Terence Tunberg, Vilfried Stroh and many more.
Many talks have been recorded with cell phones resulting in, at times, quite bad audio. But the Latin is still audible.
Some of the speakers’ Latin may be a bit too fast if you aren’t used to hearing a lot of Latin. In that case, I recommend using the different playback speeds that YouTube offers. To change playback speed select (in the YouTube player):
- settings (the cog wheel) > speed
You can click the thumbnail below to access the spoken Latin playlist!