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Natalia_Zecca
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I've seen a lot of people asking for a Latin course. As someone who is very proficient in the language (I have studied it since middle school, won awards, earned a Minor in Latin as an undergraduate with an A in every course, written about the Latin language for a linguistics publication, and I have earned two certificates in Latin from the U of Cambridge), I am kind of intrigued by the prospect of a Duolingo Latin course. There are a number of differences in how Latin is learned - and used - that would make it different from the other languages hosted on Duolingo. Latin is rarely spoken (although there are some groups that give participants the opportunity to speak Latin), and I have found that this makes my approach in translating Latin different from how I approach translating, say, a passage of Italian text. Also, the way Latin is taught (at least, the most effective way I have found) is by kind of plunging the student into a fairly sizable passage of text and explaining things as you go along - there is a lot of complex grammar and it is easier to explain in context, rather than approaching the concepts on their on (which is tedious and sometimes really confusing). Still, I think it would be pretty cool (albeit challenging) to see if one could create a Latin course on Duolingo that would teach the basics of the language.

Also, just as a side note, there are a few different types of Latin. Classical, Ecclesiastical, Medieval, Probate, Vulgar, etc. Most of my experience is with Classical Latin (although I have delved into Probate Latin in the past and it is WAY different), and I'm pretty sure that Classical Latin is what most people would be interested in.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/txredeyes
txredeyes
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You should definitely apply to be a contributor for the course. :) And in an 'Ask Me Anything' the founder of Duo said that it definitely will be worked on at one point, so I would encourage you to apply to help create it. <:

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PfifltriggPi
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Classical probably would be. I prefer Vulgar, but will support anything. I honestly hope Duolingo takes a spoken philosophy with Latin. I want to speak it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Natalia_Zecca
Natalia_Zecca
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It would be interesting to take a spoken approach. I learned how to pronounce Classical Latin, but mostly so that I would be able to read classical texts out loud properly. I think Vulgar Latin would be more difficult to teach not only because there is a lot more material written in and about Classical Latin (since that is what the Empire promoted and the well-educated writers used) and also because there are so many local variations of Vulgar Latin, and the differences can be quite profound.

Going back to the idea of speaking Latin - despite my considerable proficiency in the language, I would never call myself "fluent" in it because I don't think that I could actually engage in a dialogue. I don't think any of my professors could either. I've memorized thousands of words, verb forms, declensions, etc. but I've never learned how to use them fluidly. In fact, once I started studying Latin at a collegiate level, they stopped asking us to translate even single sentences into Latin; we only translated from Latin texts. That's why the idea of a Duolingo Latin course intrigues me. I know that a there is a movement among Latin teachers that promotes making Latin a "living language" once again, by teaching students how to hold simple dialogues in the language. Unfortunately, none of my professors or teachers in high school or middle school did anything like that. I am considering going on a trip to Italy with some other people who have learned Latin and have at least a couple of years under their belt, and the agreement is that you can talk about anything you want, but you can only speak in Latin. The program is supposed to revitalize the language and I have heard it is pretty incredible (if humbling!).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sammakko

Did you know that there is a Finnish radio station that broadcasts in Latin. I think it is news items, rather than conversations but this still provides an example of classical Latin being spoken rather than read.

I would definitely be interested in doing this if it was a duolingo course.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sigmacharding
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Multi latinum discere volunt- non solus es in bello.

Latinus gaudium et utilis est!

Il y a beaucoup de monde ici qui veut l'├ętudier!

People interested in Latin on Duolingo vote here

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Want to practice some Latin right now?

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

As you may see there is quite a lot of support for latin already on Duolingo so it might just happen. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/10492595 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9143362 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9699611 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/10413206 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9569703 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9537069 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9459059 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11038714 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11186032 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11290943 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11692771 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11886370 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/12554475 https://www.duolingo.com/comment/12591140

Semper laetus sum ubi haec fora video! Spero te esse magistram!

Si dum scribens erro- dic mihi, amabo te! Personally I'd love to learn Classical Latin here and form Latin circles with other duolingoers in real life

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachel878047

YOu can count me in. I studied Latin and would love to get back to it!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotPearl

I am learning Ecclesiastical Latin, but I think any kind of Latin would be cool.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/avrichard
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The question of pronunciation is interesting. When I went to school in Germany, we sang mass in Latin with the school choir at things like the Christmas concert etc. So we used the customary Latin pronunciation used in Germany (e.g. the "c" in "benedicimus te" was a "ts" sound).

Then I later worked for a children's choir in Australia, where the choir conductor asked the kids to sing the "c" in "benedicimus" with an "s" sound, as per customary pronunciation of Latin in France or England. But then one of the other choir tutors from the Catholic cathedral objected, as she said that it had to be sung with a "ch" as per modern Italian. As apparently that's how the church does it. She actually claimed, with a straight face, that Latin 2000 years ago was pronounced as per the rules of modern Italian.

But then none of those are the historical pronunciation as far as I know.

Then they had other arguments, such as the "gn" in agnus dei etc. (ny or just gn).

So... would Duo use an historically reconstructed pronunciation? If so, whose and from what time period?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Santiago4real

i would really be interested in improving my latin.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CallumRoy
CallumRoy
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Do you include the nasal vowels and the plenus L when you speak? I would love to see those in a course for the fullest authenticity and demonstration of how different Latin should really have been to its descendants.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Annie641464

Bring in a latin course

1 year ago

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