https://www.duolingo.com/EdwardGiordano

LATIN (for English) in the Incubator!

https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/la/en/status

Happy New Year to All and to All a Great Next Year!!!

1 week ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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There is space for it in the incubators but no one to implement the course yet.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tatonka71
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Yay!!! I hope it's a good tree and not lazily put together. Some of our other surprises haven't been too great :P

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/somelauw
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Mihi placet!

I hope they will use classical rather than ecclestical pronunciation.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ISpeakAlien
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Classical pronunciation is so ugly... I will do whatever I can to increase the chance that they will use ecclesiastical pronunciation.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rjhanson54

Ecclesiastical pronunciation is too much like modern Italian. It is a transitional form which is not real Latin. Classical pronunciation is the original and the best.

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageBoss22

Then that isn’t real Latin!

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/strogito

Ecclesiastical pronunciation is more natural than classical one. Besides that, Latin from priests is older, Classical pronunciation is just a restoration attempt. I speak a romance language and I don't believe Latin is according to academic studies as regards to phonology.

I'm not catholic.

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Esen.
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That is awesome.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CYYdGk
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It is good to have Latin here since it is the originator of the alphabet we use. I hope for more new courses this year.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ed.Guimaraes
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That's a nice new year present :)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gaelic_Lady_20

So awesome! Always wanted to learn Latin but sadly haven't seen it here yet... hope it'll change soon!

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/catherineschipul
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Wonderful news!

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seanvtwin

I'm all over this

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElisabethC804955

Merci beaucoup!

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elgatobandido
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This is the best news on Duolingo of the year so far.
I hope it gets released this year along with Arabic.

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jr.Foraker23

Wow, estimated for a whole year's work. I didn't think it would be that hard for a language like Latin. There's no contributors yet, either. This is most surprising.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer
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  1. It is 2019 already :) The incubator thinks it's ready to be released because there are no uncompleted words, and doesn't realise that there are no completed words either.
  2. Considering how fast other recent courses have progressed, I would be surprised if it takes less than a year to complete.
6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ISpeakAlien
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There was the Navajo course that was completed in about two months...

6 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer
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Correct. Navajo, along with Hawaiian, were some kind of school projects and were released with 9 and 10 skills respectively. Multiply those with six and we are talking about a normal tree that takes a year to complete.

And that's quick when we look at the other volunteer made courses started in 2016 or after:

  • Arabic (14 months and counting)
  • Esperanto for Portuguese (14 months)
  • Russian for Spanish (15 months)
  • Haitian Creole (23 months and counting)
  • English for Punjabi (25 months and counting)
  • High Valyrian (8 months)
  • Spanish for Arabic and English for Tagalog (28 months and counting)
  • English for Telugu (29 months and counting)
  • English for Bengali and Tamil (31 months and counting
  • Korean (20 months).

Chinese, Japanese and the courses for Chinese were faster but they were at least partly built by staff. So unless Latin has the same advantage, we likely won't see Latin become available in this decade.

5 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/milanezi
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I don't know the details, but for that one I think they worked with an organization dedicated to preserving the Navajo culture. In that case while having a bunch of dedicated contributors on board it's not really surprising they finished the course so fast.

5 days ago
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