https://www.duolingo.com/martingale

Word Origins

Dear all / Duolingo,

TL;DR

Would it be possible to include the etymology when describing the meaning of a word, wherever possible?

Origin of this suggestion:

I am learning Spanish these days and tend to learn a word quicker if I can associate an English word to it based on some word origin connection via (say) Latin. I do not know Latin but sometimes such connections are not obvious unless you look them up, for example:

  • "ambos" in Spanish means "both"; "ambos" sounds like "ambi-" (as in ambivalent, ambidextrous)

  • "encontramos" means "(we) found"; this one took me some time but it seems the word is related to "encounter" etc.

It would be nice if the etymology is included while describing the meaning and usage of a word/phrase, perhaps something like how wiktionary.org does (e.g. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/encontrar)

Thanks!

August 20, 2016

2 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/magdmaj
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That's a great idea, it's much easier to learn the languages if you know the Latin roots. Not to sound like a debbie downer, but I think that may be beyond the duolingo at this juncture.

August 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Rosenoiree
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As a bit of a language freak I would love to see that, but being realistic, most of people don't know latin or romance languages so well, that it would be such a huge help to them. Moreover, this would be really a lot of work and if it were to be done well, it should be made by a linguist and that would consume a lot of money, which would mean that duo would have to either charge its users or put a lot of ads on the webside which I really wouldn't like.

August 20, 2016
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