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Listening/watching resources?

Hello! I was wondering if anyone knows where I can find (preferably free) subtitled videos of people speaking Latin.

Other resources to help me learn would be greatly appreciated, too.

January 19, 2020



Subtitles in English or Latin?

There is SO much more available than there used to be. Most of this material is more advanced than the level the Duolingo has course reached, however.

Try Magister Craft, some of the videos available from Daniel Pettersson on Latinitium (also has a YouTube page and a Patreon page w/ some really good easy material, but it's a subscription site), some of the material on Justin Slocum Bailey's Indwelling site (subtitles can be added by means of the little gear wheel at the foot of the videos), and there are some subtitled videos from the Paideia Institute. "ScorpioMartianus" was already mentioned by LimonadaFria. On those sites there are also really good materials w/ transcriptions of the Latin rather than subtitles.

Probably Magister Craft and some of the Latinitium and Indwelling materials are easiest, as well as being very enjoyable. There are even easier materials around (although not always very good); if I come up w/ links I'll append them.

If you find any of these materials useful, let us all know. It could be a way to have better-targeted suggestions.

[Added] Links have been corrected. As far as other materials to help you learn: How do you like to study? There is H.H. Ørberg's Lingua Latina per se Illustrata "Nature Method," the Assimil Lingua Latina sine Molestia method by Desessard, an enormous amount of good but old-fashioned material (much of it free for download), as well as textbooks, other videos, etc. You could join the LatinStudy e-mail list and inquire there.

And there is also Carpelanam's beginners' course on Duolingo, which would be a good continuation of the Duolingo course.


Thank you for the detailed response! Subtitles or transcripts in both English and Latin would be great. I'll come around to checking all of them out very soon.

Seems like everyone manages to find their way to Magister Craft. Real entertaining and the Latin is quite simple which is great for beginners like me!


[Added by mistake in 2020, as a response to this post. :( ]

You're welcome. That was actually a comment from some time back.

I've begun a partial response, which is appended. But it looks like I should have reread your request first, as I went for blogs rather than only subtitled videos. :(

Be that as it may, in the material below, you'll find some subtitled material. I'd suggest looking in the Latinitium site first (for instance, many of these have subtitles, if you turn them on with the little cogwheel), and ScorpioMartianus, Paideia Institute, and (IIRC) Indwelling Language sites or channels. I'll fill in those general links soonest.

Eventually I'll list some recent individual favorite subtitled videos, too, FWIW. Sorry about this. I'm very short for time today and have proved the saying, "Haste makes waste."

Here are a few sites/blogs that are excellent for studying Latin (or they have been for me, anyway). However, they're mostly for intermediate Latin learners at a level past what the Duolingo's course currently teaches. All of these have free material; several of them charge for some of the material.

  • Satura Lanx ("Smörgåsbord," "Satire Tray," or something)—blog by an Italian teacher of Latin now residing in Belgium, with descriptions and analyses of Latin works from over the centuries, reflections on teaching and daily life, etc. Very enjoyable. Usually fairly simple Latin. Youtube channel, podcast.

  • Sermones Raedarii ("Car talks")—blog by an Italian teacher of Latin, with reflections on Latin, teaching Latin, and daily life. Very enjoyable. Fairly simple Latin with plenty of repetition for us learners. Almost inactive in the past 2 months. Podcast.

  • ScorpioMartianus—posts on various subjects related to Latin and Greek, including readings, popular songs translated into Latin, reflections on Latin language and authors, etc. Sometimes his echt-correct accent is difficult to understand, most of the time, when he relaxes, it is fine. Youtube channel; has a related site called "Polýmathy."

  • Latinitium—collection of essays, reflections, readings in Latin; online audio/visual course, complete Latin "novel" in audio, etc. Advanced Latin w/ (IMHO) an excellent, very clear accent. Youtube channel, website, Patreon.

  • Indwelling Language (Justin Slocum Bailey)—talks about Latin and learning Latin (as well as teaching in general), in Latin and English, with a large collection of Latin audio and video. Latin at all levels. Website and YouTube presence (maybe a channel?).

  • Magister Craft—collection of videos illustrated with Minecraft on numerous subjects dealing with (mostly) Roman culture. Very simple Latin (but complete syntax, as at the end of a primer). YouTube channel, and maybe website.

  • Paideia Institute—organization for the teaching of Latin and Greek, w/ a web presence. Audio presentations taped from conferences, a few blog posts in Latin, online classes, etc. Website, YouTube channel.

  • Latinum—Huge selection of Latin audio and video of great interest. Latin mostly intermediate to advanced. A marvelous collection of materials (however I confess to finding his accent hard to listen to). Youtube and website.

For the most part, these are blogs in Latin, not English-Latin blogs about Latin. In the above listing, try Indwelling Language for some discussion in English. (Suggestion: start with "Driving with Dido".) The bulk of the material indicated requires the level of Latin learned after completing a primer—complete syntax at least introduced—such as at the level of Ritchie's Fabulae Faciles (or here).

There are, literally, dozens more sites to list, but this offers some listenable Latin. My intention is to gradually add more. The links are dead right now. They'll be filled in and added to in the next few days. Until then you'll have to do some searching, I guess.

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