Metrodorus wrote:You probably don't like Sonkowsky either. There is no pleasing everyone.
adrianus wrote:Metrodorus is free to publicize himself; I am free to respond, Lex.
metrodorus wrote:All you achieve, is that you help to promote what I am doing even more. Keep doing it, it is good for business. You never know, I might get back to producing that illustrated version of the Thesaurus Eroticus Linguae Latinae that really got you het up....just for the sheer pleasure of getting you upset.
metrodorus wrote:I know many skilled Latinists who cannot read a sentence with correct stress or vowel length. Most Latin teachers I know make a complete dog's breakfast of their Latin the minute they open their mouths. Indeed, I think the majority fall into this category. I personally would prefer to listen to Latin read by a skilled actor with no Latin ability at all, but correctly, than mangled up speech produced by a skilled Latinist who has scant regard for the rules of oral Latin. Alas, paying attention to oral Latin, let alone spoken Latin, is seen as quixotic in most of the academic community.
My skill is being able to read fluently and with emotion and accuracy, to enable the texts to be used as educational texts. I know I now do this quite well, and have no qualms in saying so. I'm not perfect, but who is?
Metrodorus wrote:"what is important on Latinum, is my technical ability to interpret texts orally - which, it seems, you do not dispute...My skill is being able to read fluently and with emotion and accuracy, to enable the texts to be used as educational texts."
"what is important on Latinum, is my technical ability to interpret texts orally - which, it seems, you do not dispute...My skill is being able to read fluently and with emotion and accuracy, to enable the texts to be used as educational texts."
I checked back in Textkit. I've criticized Metrodorus's promotion of his recordings because they were published in a way that risked misleading the unsuspecting about his skills as a Latinist. I criticized his advertising about their suitability for achieving quick and easy fluency. I criticized the quality of the teaching materials he had authored. I criticized him for sloppy referencing. I criticized his site design. I criticized him for gathering information on his website for dating purposes (as he himself said). I criticized his promoting highly dubious (and that's putting it mildly) images in Textkit and arguing they were suitable for schoolchildren. Here is Metrodorus's own assessment of his character: "Vir et consilii magni et virtutis non sum" (Textkit, Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:54 am). And if Metrodorus ever did things better as a result of those criticisms, that has to be good. Funny enough, even though I don't like them, I don't think I've ever publicly criticized Metrodorus for the quality of his recordings. But I would rather listen to someone speaking who has got good latin!
Verificavi in hoc foro. Promulgationem impressionum sonituum Metrodori incusavi quae incuriosis clarè eius habilitatem humilem non declamaverunt. Assertiones seu praeconia etiam invitavi, quae de linguae volubilitate celere facileque dicunt. Qualitatem libellorum docendi quos scripsisti momordi. Et eius systematem negligens ad annotationem referendi. Et deformationem sitûs. Et collectionem datorum ad constituta romantica facienda (ut dixit Metrodorus). Et promulgationem imaginum eroticarum (et deteriùs) in hoc foro et apologiam discipulis unûs. Ecce quod dicit Metrodorus de personâ suâ: "Vir et consilii magni et virtutis non sum" (Textkit, Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:54 am). Si aliquod meliùs eveniit eâ ratione argumentorum illorum, bonus est eventus, nonné? At, nisi fallor, nunquam heic contra qualitatem impressionum sonituum arqui. Quod iocosum est quià, verum dicere, eam saepè non amo, et aliquem bonum latinistam auscultare malo.
metrodorus wrote:I want to say thank you to textkit for inspiring me.