Thank You, Duolingo, for Latin!
Pretty self-explanatory, I have been waiting for about 9 months in search of somewhere I could learn Latin. Then, about 2 months ago I found DL and asked if Latin was on it. Everyone said no, but it was such a good website, I used it to learn different languages anyway. But I'm very happy that I will now be able to learn Latin (if they get enough contributors, that is). It has so many different good qualities to it. I am very excited, and I can't wait. I can't even complain about how long it'll probably take because I'm so grateful for DL approving of making a Latin course. You guys don't have to respond. I don't care if you downvote. I'm just so excited!!!
I asked the Latin Course too, I've been waiting this for about 4 years this course here on DL. I hope that it has a long tree, with many vocabulary and with the SPQR flag! Rome is alive! Gratias tibi Domini Deum!
Duolingo teaches Latin? Awesome! Yeah, I learn it at school, and it has many benefits to it. Helpful when applying for jobs too. Good for you Jrforaker23. :)
Very funny. attorney, doctor, lawyer. they all contain Latin phrases. Esp. med. school
My father taught anatomy to med students. You learn the Latin you need in your med classes. Learning the language itself is really not necessary. It's a little more helpful for lawyers, but not really. US law uses a lot of Yiddish words too, but you don't see people telling lawyers to learn Yiddish, because you don't need to know to whole language to known some phrases and vocabulary.
US law uses a lot of Yiddish words too,
You’ve piqued my curiosity — which Yiddish words are used in US law?
So in English we steal a lot of different phrases. You either learn them or you don't. We are creatures which can't know everything.
As we must select what is and isn't important to grow as individuals.
Find your passion and learn those important thing to become better at what you want to do in life.
Yes. Exactly what I was about to say. Thanks Berns (is it okay if I call you Berns? It just sounds better than Bernie.)
So your only reason for learning a language is getting a job? That's fine but there are heaps of other reasons. And it actually may help with jobs - doctor, scientist, lawyer, historian, researcher, language teacher (not necessarily for Latin but it has flow on effects). And it also can help you get a job not related to Latin as a Latin can be seen as an indicator of education (and actually in the Middle Ages it could get you off a murder rap).
I think "to get a job" is one of the least fun reasons to learn a language, but I still thought about asking the same thing, because the OP said it "helped with getting a job" and I'm not really sure it is.
Can it maybe help you in your STUDIES to become a doctor or a lawyer? Like, maybe it makes it a little easier to learn certain terms? Sure. But I'm not sure anyone is going to hire you because you say you studied latin on your resume.
Maybe there aren't many jobs that specifically require Latin but knowing it or other languages can always be used to show you are capable of learning on your own and have a broader range of skills which is useful for getting hired in general.
Holy hell did you really finish all the trees for all these languages or am I imagining.. Can you actually speak those languages?
Should only languages good for jobs be allowed on Duolingo?
Absolutely not! There are many other purposes of learning languages than jobs.
Actually, no it doesn't It's just now being created. It's in the incubator (https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/la/en/status).
Ok, but still, at least they are really working on it and considering it ;)
Lol you have no idea how long certain people in this forum have been agitating for Latin. IT'S ABOUT TIME :)
I am with you. Please post when you learn of the start of the course. I will be signed on too!
Iam interested in learning Latin through DUOLINGO.Eagerly waiting to get enrolled.
I've also been waiting for it. I really want to learn it for future jobs and also because Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese (the major ones are the only ones I wrote) are derived from Latin. So thank you so much Duolingo!
You may still have a long wait :-) . No contributors yet and we are still waiting for Arabic (mind you I suspect the alphabet may have caused some issues).
Maybe a long wait but I have a feeling it will be well before Yiddish and Hatian Creole.
Hehe, yeah. I would contribute, but then again, that's why I want the course, so I can actually learn the language. I don't think it will be that hard, to make the course.
Well, I just was saying that if I could help, I would help. I'm not the best at making good grammar (that was intentional). I also write things more complicated than they should be. Sorry. It's just how my brain works.
You may be right. Only time will tell if development of the Latin course will be any quicker than development of the Arabic course, for instance, or if the slot in the incubator is just a sop intended to head off, for a time, more of the constant requests for a Latin course.
A more general comment: If you do not care for Latin, why don't you just not comment about it? Your constant bad-mouthing of anything to do with Latin is quite annoying. There are plenty of people to whom Latin is of interest, so why not just leave it alone and "get out of the way if you can't lend a hand?"
that long really? There is such a high demand for it and so many willing contributors I don't think it will take long once they get going. Also it's much easier than a lot of the languages they've been working on lately
Really? Wow. How long did it take for Arabic- er- how long has it been since Arabic was started? I was betting Latin would only be about a little over a year or so. But 2 and a half years?
Well, I'd say I don't really care if it takes time... better to wait for good quality than having a course rushed and being poorly created.
3-4 years. It took them almost 4 yeas to complete the Indonesian course (I was waiting for that one).
When I checked earlier, there wasn't anyone showing as a contributor for the Latin course even though it's in the incubator. I wouldn't be surprised if the other shoe that drops is that they are going to hire someone to make to course and that the course will only be available for Plus members or some other paid subscription to Duolingo. You'd be naive to think Duolingo wouldn't consider that at this point.
and that the course will only be available for Plus members or some other paid subscription to Duolingo.
That would violate their claim that Duolingo users can "learn a language for free forever".
I do hope that this happens and is a success. Then we might be able to lobby for some other, how can I put this politely, written rather than spoken languages.
Latin first, then Anglo-Saxon, Ancient Egyptian (hieroglyphics not the scripts please) and at least one version of cuneiform.
And no, there are not many jobs that need these (the jobs that do tend to be fun, though) but there are no longer resources for them in schools and universities, so how else can you inspire the next generation or create the army of hobbyists required to fill the gap?
Currently concentrating on Polish with German as my second language. Has already decided that in a year or two I would move onto Latin (using books only I had thought) and One or Hungarian, Greek, Russian or Ukrainian - so a Duolingo version in about 1 -2 years would be perfect timing for me
In the future, please add something like this as a comment to a pre-existing discussion to help reduce clutter in the forums. Thanks! :)
Okay, no problemo.
Do you have any ideas when the course will be live? I was also looking everywhere to find a good Latin course.
I hope that the Latin course will teach all of the grammar at the beginning and then build vocabulary. I also strongly hope that it will use ecclesiastical, not classical, pronunciation because classical pronunciation sounds hideous. However, there are many users who disagree, so maybe Duolingo could design a way to provide a choice.
If they add sound I just hope their is some attempt at a consistent and realistic sounding pronunciation. So many people are taught the grammar but pronounce Latin exactly as their native language.
I hope that they can at least provide a choice, too. I remember that the Russian course used to offer an option between the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets ( now it is just Cyrillic ). I don’t think it would be difficult to provide the option, just to have everything recorded twice.
Thank you so much, Duolingo! Gratias omnis vobis ago! (I think that's correct, at least.)
I News asap