LATIN (for English) in the Incubator!
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As someone with a background in linguistics I have to say that using the ecclesiastical pronunciation would be the worst thing. :P
If you know the classical pronunciation you can immediately construct the ecclesiastical pronunciation. If you only know the ecclesiastical pronunciation you'll have to learn the whole language again if you want the other one.
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.
I'm more excited about Latin than I have been about any of the courses that have been added recently. Latin is the basis for the romance languages. I took it in college, but my Latin is seriously rusty to the point that I can barely follow Mass when I attend an Renaissance Fair. I'm looking forward to Latin.
Yes, I agree. I personally want to learn classic, but I don't think it should be at the expense of one another. Maybe there should be lessons and descriptions still teaching the differences, but the main course should be switchable between pronunciations to please both sides.
The thing is: Classical pronunciation wouldn't be at the expense of the other because you can easily construct the ecclesiastical pronunciation. If you only know the ecclesiastical pronunciation, though, you'd have to learn every word again if you want to learn the classical pronunciation.
And Duolingo have never given us these kinds of options.
I see quite a divergence of opinion regarding academic vs church Latin. I see and hear far more of the classic/academic latin and would prefer to learn that. I acknowledge that others have a different experience though. Since it’s only the spoken part that differs, would it be possible to have the option Duolingo?
Hopefully there'll be a Classical option, since I doubt the course is being made in Classical pronunciation. If I'm going to learn Latin, it's going to be as a student of history. It's a way of bringing this distant and long-gone group of people closer, to make them more tangible. I understand most people don't feel the same way and Ecclesiastical is more useful generally. But I want to be able to read Virgil the way people of his time would have, and to hear the extinct voices of a bygone era.
Was very happy to see that Latin is now in the incubator. Personally I don't care whether the pronunciation is Classical or Ecclesiastical. As long as I can read it and gain a deep understanding of Latin root-words then I will be satisfied. I just hope that I don't get it mixed up with Spanish as I am learning it as well.