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Cambridge Latin Course Culture Sections

Read about topics ranging from the daily life of a Pompeiian to Roman curse tablets! As a leading Latin textbook for high schools, CLC pairs grammar content with culture/history in each chapter. While their online platform, Cambridge Elevate, supports audio for most of the grammar content, the culture sections have yet to be recorded.

Link to audio [in-progress]

Cassius Dio's Roman Histories

A historian and statesman under the emperor Commodus, Dio wrote numerous volumes chronicling the course Rome took from its humble beginnings in Alba Longa to the imperium under Alexander Severus.

Link to audio [in-progress]

Nero: In a Pisonian Pickle

A Reacting to the Past style game in which students in opposing factions face-off in a battle of politics and treason, culminating in the Pisonian Conspiracy of 65 AD.

[Coming soon!]

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How it works:

Steps

  1. Sign up for a section through the Project Catalog – select a project and enter your name and email into whichever sections you’d like. Try to select just enough for you to be able to finish in 1-2 weeks.
  2. If you selected the Cambridge Books, access the text here. NOTA BENE: please read only the black text – don’t read the colored captions near images.
  3. Record! Read all the tips on the right and try to proof-listen once you’ve finished to minimize mistakes. 
  4. Submit your recording:
    • If you don’t know how to remove background noise and all that, just submit your audio as-is (without mistakes!) I’ll touch it up for you.
    • Name your audio file with the section you chose and the name of the book, e.g. “section1_clcbook1” and upload it here in the corresponding folder.
    • OR email the audio file to jacobsungx1@gmail.com with the info included if you don’t know how to rename it.
  5. Listen to your work! An email will be sent to you with a link to the finished product with your name in the credits.

Tips

  1. Recording
  • Try to record in a room without a lot of background noise, e.g. a running fan, barking dogs, etc. 
  • If it’s still too loud, recording inside a closet or under a blanket helps reduce the noise. 
  • When you make a mistake, need to clear your throat, or go to get water, CONTINUE recording. Audio quality changes between cuts and you can always edit out mistakes later. 
  • Speak with your own style if you’d like, but don’t overdo it. Be sure to add inflections! Here’s a great example.
  • Here’s a basic Latin pronunciation guide.
  • Here’s a decent pronunciation dictionary

Hardware & Software

  • Don’t have a mic? Try using the voice memo app on your phone – most have basic editing tools.
  • Any cheap USB mic will work. Apple wired earbud mics are surprisingly good and so are the mics on most smartphones.
  • I recommend Audacity for editing and fine-tuning your audio.