Carla Hurt

is creating learner-friendly Latin and Ancient Greek videos

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About Carla Hurt

Salvēte omnēs! χαίρετε πάντες! I'm Carla Hurt, a Latin high school teacher and youtuber who has converted to input-based approaches. My goal is to make engaging, learner-friendly content in Latin and Ancient Greek. I want the beauty and richness of ancient languages to be more accessible to people of all backgrounds, learning abilities, ages, and interests. 


Why do you make spoken Latin resources?

Latin and Ancient Greek are not some kind of puzzle that needs to be wrestled into English to be meaningful. They are real human languages, used for real human communication, by a real and continuous community of speakers spanning over two millennia. When you hear these spoken in real contexts and understand what you're hearing, you realise they are actual languages! And it becomes so very much easier to learn them.

How did you get into Comprehensible Input?

I was lucky enough to have been taught Latin in high school through a readings-based course, the Cambridge Latin Course, and to have heard its beautiful sounds in restored pronunciation. But nevertheless I had inherited the idea that silently writing a translation by hunting for verbs and looking up every fourth word in the dictionary was the most legitimate way to "read" a text, that all you needed was to learn all the grammar rules and memorise vocab lists, the ablative of this and the dative of that, and that language learning was inherently a pretty dreary set of tasks involving grammar drills and vocab tests (though the content we would get access to would be worth it). I continued to see Latin implicitly as some kind of coded English, needing to be translated to be understood, long after leaving school and becoming a Latin teacher myself. 

Only as recently as June 2021, I converted from grammar-translation to a radically different and much more research-based approach: the Comprehensible Input Hypothesis. 

I had heard of Krashen and Second Language Acquisition theories for years and had laughed them off as gimmicky and inapplicable to dead languages. You can't immerse in Latin, silly! It'll never work! We're the exception!

But when I tried applying the CI principles to my own language learning, I saw first hand the difference it made. I had been hacking away at self-learning Biblical Hebrew with vocab flash cards and a grammar textbook, and getting discouraged by how hard it was, but when I saw the CI video series Aleph with Beth, I was struck by how much easier, more natural, and more joyful the language learning process could be.

It was so much better, so much more effective, that I had to do this with Latin and Greek. I wanted to help my Latin students acquire the language naturally, efficiently, and joyfully. And I wanted more people to access Ancient Greek - so many fellow christians report such a negative learning experience in seminary schools, where they are made to learn Greek through rules and tables, that they never actually use the language for the rest of their life.

But there was not a great deal of Latin and Greek material that was accessible for different learner levels, especially for beginners, or people new to hearing the languages spoken aloud. 

Making it better for learners

Found in Antiquity - my Youtube channel, my blog, and my twitter page, are all about breaking down the barriers that hold us back from learning ancient languages. It's about using the language in contexts that both young children and busy adults can easily understand. It's about having fun in the learning process. It's about being so engaged you forget you're operating in another language. It's about being OK if you miss something, and not afraid of making mistakes. 

Who benefits from Comprehensible Input?

Everyone benefits. Young. Old. It's a human universal that we learn languages best when encountering and understanding them in an enjoyable context. The most heart warming stories I hear about my videos are people I didn't expect to learn Latin or Greek. A father shows my Minecraftium videos to his son, because he has a shared interest in Minecraft, and they get to enjoy the videos together. A student in med school is trying to get some Latin input to help them with medical terminology, while juggling everything else in their busy life. 

How do I support this initiative?

Please share my videos with people who would benefit. Comment, like, and subscribe, hit the notifications, retweet. It really helps to get the content visible for people. I really appreciate all of your encouragement and engagement. And I've set up this Patreon page so that you can financially support my work as well, enabling me to create weekly youtube videos. 

Your backing really helps me to continue to make high quality, engaging, learner-friendly videos. I subtitle all my videos in the target language, which takes a lot of time, but I do it because it's something people really want and need. Your support enables me to take on ambitious language projects and continue to help language learners thrive. 

Thank you to everyone who has helped me in this journey. Together we can make Latin and Ancient Greek a pleasure to learn for everyone. 
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