Hampie wrote:Isn’t this advertising?
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metrodorus wrote:Latinum is free. Schola is free. They are useful to thousands of people, no matter that some people do not use them or find them useful.
The download stats for Latinum are interesting.
Israel btw is not a surprise,Latin is taught in most universities and in many secondary schools, the same goes for China. The education system in India private schools largely follows the English public school curriculum, including the Classics. I have blogged previously about Latin studies in China. That there are quite high numbers of users in Islamic countries was initially a surprise to me a few years ago...but that Iran has made it into the 'top league' is a first.
edonnelly wrote:Wow, I am shocked at some of the replies to this thread. metrodorus is a long-time member of the textkit community and provides an incredible service to Latin learners through all the work he has done on his podcast. I remember the early discussions of making more audio Latin recordings available. All I can say is bravo, thanks for the hard work, and I do find the statistics interesting. I, for one, appreciate you sharing them.
Scribo wrote:...whatever your qualms you have to concede it is generally a bonus.
metrodorus wrote:Fair comment Hampie. I was invited by the mods to post links to Latinum here - on the old board the links to Latinum and Schola were stickies at the top of the forum.
The stats are interesting, because they show places in the world where there is an interest in Latin. I had no idea Latinum had made it so high up the google ranks - thanks for that information - it must have very recently jumped up the rankings so thanks for letting me know that - Latinum has no advertising budget, and is a voluntary effort, and I have invested quite significant sums of money, and insane amounts of time in producing it. it is not a profit making venture, and it is not intended to be.
So, if it is high on Google, that is because people are linking to it. I do know it is the most or second most downloaded podcast on the mypodcast network. You are correct, there is no way to assess users from the visitor or download figures, but in and of themselves, they are interesting. There is all kinds of stuff on Latinum - only a fraction of it is course material, much of it is simply audio books.
I am still waiting for others to start similar projects - someone did try start a Attic Greek podcast, but threw in the towel after a short time - probably when they realised what a huge amount of time it takes to produce each episode.
I have not been on textkit for a few months, so you'd not have seen much from me here recently.
Scribo wrote:I agree, whatever your qualms you have to concede it is generally a bonus. I think the things you can buy are available for free download anyway...
Latinum is a good thing. One day I'll start something similar for Sanskrit.
dlb wrote:Everytime metrodorus posts here, it is if someone hit the hornets nest with a stick.