Any chance at Latin?
I would love to see an English to Latin course on here. Our whole family is loving duolingo. We are teaching our children Latin and after experiencing how fast and easy it is to learn languages on duolingo, it would be wonderful to be able to learn Latin this way as well.
Thank you for the links and replies. I'm sorry I didn't search ahead of posting, I missed seeing the previous Latin discussion. I would love to contribute myself but sadly I'm just learning Latin along side my children. We are homeschooling and trying to follow a classical education model. I'm mainly hoping for Latin to help my children with their vocabulary, future language learning and scientific study and understanding.
I would imagine that if there is a chance for Klingon, there is a chance for Latin. But first, Duolingo needs people who are fluent in both Latin and another language who can work on a team to apply to create the course.
Here is the New User FAQ http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1426103 #4 on the list talks about the Incubator, new languages, and when things move from one stage to another and what happens next. Some of the information is a bit vague, especially timelines, but that is because volunteers often have families and jobs, etc. which makes it hard to determine when they will have time to work on the duolingo course. :)
Yes, there is a good chance for Latin, though probably not for a while (at least not until they start making courses specifically for English speakers – currently, the courses are intended to teach English to non-Anglophones). It may come earlier though, as there seems to be a big demand for it (as someone who learned Latin as a small child [this sounds like a long time ago, but I'm actually only fifteen years old, so, in reality, I learned it fairly recently], it is weird for me to see such a desire to learn the language, as, in my experience. most do not have such inclinations, but it is also nice to see so many interested in learning the language). The place you will find new languages and whatnot is at http://incubator.duolingo.com/. Also, if you know another language that is not already present on Duo, consider applying to be an Incubator moderator/contributor.
Latin may not be that easy to teach through Duo though, or at least it will likely require more time and effort. I say this because Latin has a somewhat formidable grammar, one which is probably easiest to learn explicitly, whereas Duo teaches grammar in a less straightforward manner.
I'm glad to hear your're teaching your Children Latin though. It may benefit you to try going along with books, like the Aeneid or Latin Bible, as this is an effective way to learn Latin and also, because most learn Latin for the sake of reading original literature, kills two bird with one stone. There are many resources online too, including a Latin radio station. Oh, and don't forget that there are multiple forms of Latin, from Vulgar to Contemporary etc.
Anyway, above all, I hope you and your children enjoy the experience. Reading literature, gaining linguistic insight, learning of culture and working out your mind are all great things and are all encompassed in the learning of Latin. :)
P.S. Before posting a discussion, try searching for others like it. This question has been posed multiple times. Personally, I don't mind the repeats that much, but using this feature will likely make your life easier and the Discussion section less cluttered and redundant.
I agree. This discussion was posted literally yesterday. :-). Jheavner724, how good is your Latin, and what variety do you speak?
It's good enough to read Latin literature (e.g. the Aeneid) and I used to write sometimes in it but haven't done so regularly in years. I can speak some too but obviously it's a bit unnatural for me (I talk with a somewhat Italian accent when talking Latin and base pronunciation based on popular linguistic beliefs of Latin phonology and whatnot). As to what variation I can function in, I'd say all, though my Contemporary Latin is probably the worst (this is in no small part due to my lack of modern vocabulary in the language – frankly, I never needed to know the word for "headphones" when reading Cicero).
I'd prefer not throw out words like "fluent" though, as I'm sure there are scholars and others whom know the language much better than I.
I would, however, like to pick it up again and even write or speak in it, but I've been busy with other languages, like 中国, and many other things, like my work in mathematics. I'd also consider contributing to the Incubator course when it is released, but that may very well be a while from now.
Ah, well. I personally don't know any Latin beyond a few words, so I could never claim to read Latin literature. :-) I'm interested in languages, so I actually built my own (http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1477792) and many of the words are derived from Latin in some way or another. (Some are through French or Italian)
That is still more Latin than most know!
I too have created languages before (not anything impressive or special though)and plan to create more extensive ones in the future, so this language of your's is quite interesting to me. I very much like your crowd-sourcing idea also, as it is very original and matches not only the nature of natural languages where the speakers decide how the language is spoken and written but also the crowd-sourcing philosophy seen here on Duo in the Incubator (and in CAPTCHA, which was created by Duo creator Luis von Ahn).
Thanks! It's still not comprehensive, but please contribute to my language if you wish.