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We need latin

It's a dead language but who cares I had to take it at school for eight years and I moved and I don't way to lose that because learning Latin from a book suckssssssss

November 15, 2017



Man, Latin would be awesome. I've been wanting that for awhile, but so far...Duo has yet to put it in


Why were you in high school long enough to take Latin for 8 years?


In Germany it was even possible to learn Latin in school for 9 years when I went to school. They changed a lot in the school system so I don't know if it's still possible but learning a second language (besides English) for 7 years is definitely still possible.


"I had to take it at school for eight years" does not mention high school...


Try out this Memrise course: https://www.memrise.com/course/906792/carpelanams-duolingo-latin-sentences/

It's connected to carpelanam's series of Latin lessons here in the forums and is set up precisely like a Duolingo course.


There's a placeholder for the course in the Incubator. https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/la/en/status


Latin is one of the most requested languages on Duolingo. I really want it, too. However, it may be awhile (perhaps years) until we are able to get it, if Duolingo is even working on it. Because it's a dead language, I don't know if there are many people in the world who can speak it fluently, or even have it as their native language. So, there are factors that can prevent a course from being made. I would just try to find some outside resources, for the meantime. ^ ^


About native language we can be short: there are none. Some people do speak Latin actively, but "fluency" is hard to define when you cannot compare with a native.


You'd be surprised who can speak it fluently. Google Fr. Reginald Foster. Plus, there are those like myself who can pronounce it very well, but aren't fluent on the grammar. People have talked about how having an Esperanto course on Duolingo has boosted the number of people interested in that language. A Duolingo Latin course would have an even larger impact in my opinion. I can think of a number of people who would have a use for such a course.


"there are those like myself who can pronounce it very well"

Interesting statement - which pronunciation do you use? Reconstructed or classical?


Uh, what do you mean with 'Reconstructed or Classical'? Ought there to be a difference betwixt the two? The pronunciation that is reconstructed is the Classical Latin's one. We're actually very certain of the pronunciation, given the lots of work from contemporary native Latin orators, writing critics and proscribers, and by reconstructing the common ancestor of the Romance languages, Vulgar Latin.

Furthermore, wouldn't fluency be fairly easily defined as a C1 or C2 level on the CEFR scale?

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Did you know it is said that Katherine/Catherine of Aragon and her first husband Arthur Prince of Wales had corresponded in Latin, but when they met they could not understand each other because they had learnt different pronunciations?


My apologies, I meant 'ecclesiastical', not 'classical'.

On your other point: who is going to assess who is C1/C2? Active speakers of Latin? But how are they authoritative, when you do not actually know if what they practice would have been in any way comprehensible to a Roman of the first century AD?


Well, we kind of know that today's Latin wouldn't be comprehensible to any such Roman. Classical Latin had no word for "car," "nuclear weapons," "computer," but today's Latin does. So how does one assess whether one is proficient in spoken Latin? Talk to a proficient Latin speaker. An ancient Roman almost by definition couldn't score higher than C1, maybe even B2, on a test of modern Latin. They couldn't possibly know the vocab!


I use the Italian ecclesiastical pronunciation which is useful for the singing I do in church.


Latin is a great language to learn, it helps with many things. But it is very hard to learn.

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