https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoshMcSher

Latin for Duolingo!

I think that Latin should be added to Duolingo. I have just started learning it but it is really frustrating because I can't find a learning platform as good as Duo for Latin! People often say Latin is dead, but it definitely shouldn't be. Latin is where lots of European languages come from (the Romance language) and it played an integral part in shaping English. I think it is important that we recognise our history and in reviving Latin we are doing so. Besides, it is a really beautiful language and helps you to understand English and the other romance languages a whole lot better. We need to make it easy for anyone to learn Latin.

November 6, 2015

15 Comments


[deactivated user]

    Here is a user on duo who teaches it

    https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8053459

    November 6, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoshMcSher

    Thanks man! that's awesome. It's going to be so much easier now now.

    November 7, 2015

    [deactivated user]

      No problem brother, he even has a memrise deck!

      November 7, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kyukiou

      According to the memrise profile. carpelanam is a she. :)

      November 7, 2015

      [deactivated user]

        Huh, just saw that...

        Thanks for informing me! haha

        Then we owe a lot to her

        November 7, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZeLingoMeister

        I totally agree. Latin is the basis of the Romance languages, and it should be kept alive for study. I don't know if Duo has any plans for a Latin course, but maybe it will one day. We just have to be hopeful. :)

        November 6, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frankenstein724

        Latin may be "dead", but it's not going anywhere. Enough scholars still know it, enough schools teach it. It may never again have some sustainable number of native speakers, but it isn't going anywhere. I'm not in any way against it being a course on DL, but so many people act as if it will be lost forever if something like DL doesn't start teaching it, and that's very far from the truth.

        November 7, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ddesgagne

        I totally agree with you! I know some Latin, and it is an awesome language. It is also very useful for when you are studying the sciences; obscure 20-letter words suddenly make so much more sense if you can boil them down to the Latin roots.

        Also, if anyone has any plans for making a Latin team for the Incubator, please let me know! I would love to help out with it, if I can...

        November 6, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/suesieb

        Check out the threads by carpelanam. (Search for them under the Discussion tab). They are not Duo, but they are very good. I think Carelanam was a Latin teacher.

        November 6, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frankenstein724

        Learning Latin doesn't help you understand, say, Portuguese any better than learning Spanish helps you understand Portuguese. Knowing the base language of a lot of offshoot languages is only as useful as saying "oh, 'mucho' in Spanish looks like 'multum' from Latin, it makes sense that they both mean 'much'". Otherwise, learning -any- language with a similar grammatical structure to English will help you understand English better.

        November 7, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/no.name.42

        One of the values I have found in studying Latin is that helps give a historical context for many languages.

        November 7, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frankenstein724

        Historical context is all fine and good, but people act like it will inherently make learning grammar/vocab of other romance significantly easier. I maintain that learning any romance language will make learning the grammar and vocab of other romance languages at least as easy.

        November 7, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/no.name.42

        Yes, I wouldn't learn it because it makes the Romance languages easier, but it does make other Indo-European languages like Ancient Greek, or Russian easier.

        November 7, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/llaurenella

        I would love Latin to be an option on here! Its such a great language in the sense that once you know it, it's easier to speak any European language, as the majority of them are based on Latin anyway. Unfortunately, I don't speak the language, but I urge anybody who does to contribute!

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