Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Gregorian Chant Practice, Intervals of a Third

This episode of Chant Practice follows lesson VIII of Dom Gregory Sunol's "Text book of Gregorian Chant According to the Solesmes Method", introducing intervals of a third (both major and minor).

Grab the mp3.

Alternate formats are available at the archive.


Monday, August 27, 2007

Latin Practice, Partitive Genitives

Practice expressions like "some wine", "too much beer", and "not enough sleep" in Latin, using the partitive genitive.

Grab the mp3.

Alternative formats are available at the archive.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Gregorian Chant Practice, Intervals of a Second

This is something different, for those interested in learning Gregorian Chant (or, really, learning solfege). These are exercises taken from Dom Gregory Sunol's "Text Book of Gregorian Chant According to the Solesmes Method", lesson IV (intervals of a second).

I state a sequence of notes for you to sing (e.g., "do re do re do"), there is a short pause for you to vocalize your answer, and then you hear the correct notes.

Grab the mp3.

Alternative formats are available at the archive.

Talking Vulgar, Wanting

In this episode, I discuss several ways to talk about "wanting" or "needing" things, using examples from the Vulgate. The accompanying exercises will help you practice these expressions.

Grab the Lesson mp3.

Grab the Exercises mp3.

Alternative audio formats are, as usual, available at the archive.

Saturday, August 25, 2007


A previous post said it was about Latin ordinals, when in fact I put up the audio for cardinals. Sorry about that. I'll put up the correct recording of ordinals soon.


Johannes 4.5-42

This is a new recording, presenting the Bible story of "The Woman at the Well".

You'll hear a few verses from the Vulgate and then a few pairs of clarifying questions and answers (all in Latin). Then more verses, and so on.

To use this, I suggest you listen carefully to the verses and then answer each Latin question. When the recording is completed, turn off the audio and retell the entire story (as much as you're able) in Latin. Your goal is not to memorize the story verbatim (although that would be okay!). Just organize the events in your mind, in Latin, and populate it with as many details as you can.


Grab the mp3.

You can see the full transcript here.

Other audio formats are available at the the archive.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Not Latin: Quando Per Stellam Optas

Okay, this isn't Latin. This is a quick recording of me whistling "When You Wish Upon A Star".

Could this be the first ever WhistleCast?!? Enjoy!

Grab the mp3.

Other formats at the archive site.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Latin Vulgate, Gospel of John Prologue - 5.9

These are some old recordings and are of fairly low quality. However, I've found listening to them (mostly in my car) enormously useful, so I'm making them available. I have a better mic and setup now and may re-record these before long.

My suggestion is that you listen to them in your car. Over and over again. Study the passages before and after, as you notice new things. Almost every time I get out of the car, I've learned something new!

There are several files, so I'll just point you to the archive area.

Lastly, I've found some of the audio files are being converted poorly when I upload them to the archive (for example, they play back at faster than normal speed). If you're having similar problems, please let me know in the comboxes.


Monday, August 20, 2007

Latin Practice, Conjugation

These drills cover regular verbs in active indicative present, perfect, imperfect and future tense.

As with the other "Latin practice" files so far, you'll hear the English and then a short pause before the Latin answer.

Did you know you can get past the point where you have to stop and think about how to form a tense to express an idea? :) Enjoy!

Grab the mp3.

Alternative formats are at the archive.

Index of Audio

I'll be keeping an index of recordings updated, which should help you find what you're looking for. This link will also be posted on the sidebar shortly.


Sunday, August 19, 2007

A note on my pronunciation.

It's not perfect. It's not even good. I know that. What can you expect from a barbarian?

I will try to improve. Constructive criticism is very welcome and will be heartily appreciated!


Latin Practice, Expressing Time, Place and Space

Study expressions of time, place and space, such as the ablative and accusative of time. For a review or an introduction, see this chapter in North and Hillard.

Grab the mp3.

Other audio formats are available at the archive.

Latin Practice, Final Clauses

Final clauses are used to express the purpose for an action. They are formed using the subjunctive and follow, like consecutive clauses, the sequence of tense.

A typical example would be something like:
He acted bravely so that men would praise him.
Note how this differs subtly from the consecutive clause,
He acted so bravely that the men did praise him.

Grab the mp3.

As usual, alternate audio formats are available at the archive.

Latin Practice, Consecutive Clauses

This recording contains alternating English and Latin for sentences using consecutive clauses.

Consecutive clauses are used to express the consequence of an action. A typical example is
The man was so brave that everyone praised him.

If you need to review how consecutive clauses are formed (or what they are), first read: North and Hillard on consecutive clauses.

Download the mp3.

For other formats, visit the archive site.

Latin Practice, Cardinal Numbers

This is a first post, trying to get all the technology sorted out. :)

In this recording, you'll hear a number in English from 1 to 1000. Respond with the Latin equivalent (cardinal). After a moment, you'll hear the answer in Latin.

This really helped me solidify my ordinals. Enjoy!


Alternative audio formats are at the internet archive.