Can someone make a Latin Course?
Hello everyone! I've been looking for an online Latin Course, because I'm really interested in learning the language, but I haven't found a good one yet. I have seen, in old discussions, that there is a lot of people here, in the Duolingo community, that want to learn it as well. So, I was thinking if there is anyone, that truly knows the language and is interested in making the course, so a lot of people can learn Latin. It would be amazing to have a language like Latin available in Duolingo, with all the grammar explained. I really hope we can find someone! Thanks a lot for reading. P.S: My mother tongue is Spanish, and not English, so please excuse me If I had made any grammar mistakes
If you really want to learn Latin and you have some experience with language, then the absolute best resource I can recommend is Lingua Latina per se Illustrata.
It's a book which teaches Latin entirely in Latin- there isn't a single word of English in the entire thing. There's a second book and tons of accompanying readers, and it's the single most useful resource for any Latin beginner out there who has a reasonable grasp of grammar.
There's an overwhelming amount of resources out there for Latin, so don't wait for Duo to pull its thumb out- you'll find everything you need at the tips of your fingers.
It's not just a matter of finding one course contributor. In fact, my understanding is there are no shortage of volunteers. (I have no idea how many people may have already volunteered for Latin, specifically, or how many of them both have the necessary in-depth knowledge of Latin and English and are truly willing to donate the time, which, as I understand it comes to many hours a week.)
Even if volunteer contributors of sufficient caliber and dedication are available, Duolingo needs to make the decision to offer any particular language - which is also, at the same time a decision not to immediately offer a number of other languages. Duolingo is only modestly transparent about its decision-making process, but it appears that they're aiming for a variety.
Once the decision is made, Duolingo picks a pair of volunteers, who go through the applications and pick the rest of a committee to work on the language.
I recommend the Wheelock's books. They teach a lot of grammar and provide many texts to read over. A few other good books are the Cambridge series and "Ecce! Romanī!" books. Just a tip: Latin has a lot of grammar and once you get to a specific level in the language it seems like you literally have to dissect a sentence just to be able to understand it and even then your understanding may be wrong, but don't fret, all languages are tough and Latin is a very interesting language to learn.
I think that being able to learn Latin through Duolingo would be very beneficial to learners and speakers of romance languages.
Yes please! I'm doing Latin for my GCSEs and that would be soooooo helpful x
I'm not an expert on Latin, but I'm pretty sure they are so many different ways to speak it that it would be an incredibly massive project. The upper class of many countries would start speaking Latin, but instead of learning the correct pronunciation, they just used their native language's pronunciation. We as a society have been able to figure out the proper ways to pronounce it (mostly), but there's still debate. Besides, Latin is not a living language. Granted, many Latin songs are still sung in high schools and churches, and some churches, particularly Catholic churches, still read some scripture in them. Latin is still considered a dead language, however. I think it would have to be revived before the Duolingo community would make courses for it. The only substantial language revival was that of the Hebrew language. Other attempts have failed, or been not successful and not useful.
The CEO of Duolingo has said that there will in time be a Latin course. I don't know how much he actually knows about language, but I'm assuming he's pretty aware that Latin is unlikely to become the native language of any of the world's peoples any time soon.
Duolingo would most likely make a Classical Latin course. Latin would probably not be revived and as a 4 year Latin student I'd really be amazed if I saw thousands of people speaking Latin as its grammar is so complex!
There are still plenty of people on this planet who conducted their university studies through the medium of Latin and use it fluently as a medium of international communication with their one-time classmates. Point being it's certainly possible to train fluent Latin speakers in large numbers. The world has done it within the current lifetimes of many, and after a break, it thankfully seems Latin pedagogy has turned back in that direction.
There are many different ways (i.e. dialects) to speak a lot of languages, including English. I'm sure Duolingo can figure something out - probably, as grey236 suggests, classical Latin, although I suppose it could quite reasonably choose ecclesiastical Latin instead.
FWIW, I'm w/ Mr_Eyl and Grey236, here--Lingua Latina per se Illustrata and Wheelock's Latin Grammar are really good. And there's also a good Assimil course, and online courses, etc., etc. Here is a discussion from about a year ago, and here is a more recent one that is included because the two "here" links in the 3rd paragraph of my comment, there, are really good--don't miss them.
Speaking of the Assimil Latin book (the one by C. Desessard, not the one by somebody else that was issued about 10 years ago): it looks like there is a new edition being prepared that will come out in the fall. The audio for this book has an interesting history. The orig. ed. from the 1960s had recordings prepared by the author w/ a very strong French accent. A re-edition from after the turn of the century featured TWO complete recordings, one done w/ an ecclesiastical accent the other w/ a "restored" (academic) accent. That is a really nice feature, but note that the pronunciation of the latter (as much as I have heard of it, anyway) was spoken by an Italian who puts little schwas at the end of his words etc. The edition to be published this fall features people speaking w/ (IIRC) French, German, and Italian accents. And, as well, the non-dialogue sections of the book are said to have been re-edited. If you're interested in the book with audio, I would recommend (FWIW) either the recent edition w/ the two sets of recordings or the new one (which, admittedly, I haven't seen yet).
Anyway, have fun. If you want links to more Duo discussions of this, I can supply some. You need but ask.