Thank You, Duolingo, for Latin!

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    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!!!

    Thanks, guys!

    January 2, 2019

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    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WarriorCleberz

    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!

    January 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VballGurl9

    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. :)

    January 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/merkavar

    What job does Latin help you apply for?

    Pope? Pope’s librarian?

    January 2, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VballGurl9

    Very funny. attorney, doctor, lawyer. they all contain Latin phrases. Esp. med. school

    January 2, 2019

    [deactivated user]

      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.

      January 2, 2019

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scilling

      US law uses a lot of Yiddish words too,

      You’ve piqued my curiosity — which Yiddish words are used in US law?

      January 2, 2019

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andrew213489

      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.

      January 2, 2019

      [deactivated user]

        Yes. Exactly what I was about to say. Thanks Berns (is it okay if I call you Berns? It just sounds better than Bernie.)

        January 2, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VballGurl9

        Sure, fine by me. ;)

        January 2, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judit294350

        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).

        January 2, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/betsys2003

        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.

        January 2, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PotatoSanta

        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.

        January 2, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AviaHazut

        Holy hell did you really finish all the trees for all these languages or am I imagining.. Can you actually speak those languages?

        January 2, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rabelon

        That is so funny. You can also apply for Smartest Alek.

        January 2, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PotatoSanta

        Should only languages good for jobs be allowed on Duolingo?

        January 2, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

        Should only languages good for jobs be allowed on Duolingo?

        Absolutely not! There are many other purposes of learning languages than jobs.

        January 3, 2019

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

        Latin isn't really for jobs, and it's certainly not just for the Pope.

        January 3, 2019

        [deactivated user]

          Actually, no it doesn't It's just now being created. It's in the incubator (https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/la/en/status).

          January 2, 2019

          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VballGurl9

          Ok, but still, at least they are really working on it and considering it ;)

          January 2, 2019

          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShotgunJohnny99

          Lol you have no idea how long certain people in this forum have been agitating for Latin. IT'S ABOUT TIME :)

          January 2, 2019

          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rabelon

          I am with you. Please post when you learn of the start of the course. I will be signed on too!

          January 2, 2019

          [deactivated user]

            Alrighty!

            January 2, 2019

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ravisankar622309

            Iam interested in learning Latin through DUOLINGO.Eagerly waiting to get enrolled.

            January 2, 2019

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RachelF12345

            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!

            January 4, 2019

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judit294350

            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).

            January 2, 2019

            https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PotatoSanta

            Maybe a long wait but I have a feeling it will be well before Yiddish and Hatian Creole.

            January 2, 2019

            [deactivated user]

              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.

              January 2, 2019

              https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judit294350

              ????

              January 2, 2019

              [deactivated user]

                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.

                January 2, 2019

                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/merkavar

                let’s start counting the days till it’s released.

                Anyone want to bet?

                My bet is 897 days

                January 2, 2019

                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slogger

                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?"

                January 2, 2019

                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Melyndi

                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

                January 2, 2019

                https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thomas_Wesley

                I'll go with a more optimistic bet - 300 days.

                January 2, 2019

                [deactivated user]

                  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?

                  January 2, 2019

                  https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DanielvanD20707

                  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.

                  January 2, 2019

                  [deactivated user]

                    True.

                    January 2, 2019

                    [deactivated user]

                      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.

                      January 2, 2019

                      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

                      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".

                      January 3, 2019

                      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelenM11838

                      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?

                      January 2, 2019

                      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LobstaJohnson

                      sedare dolorum opus divinum est! :-)

                      January 2, 2019

                      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavidBall646242

                      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

                      January 2, 2019

                      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

                      In the future, please add something like this as a comment to a pre-existing discussion to help reduce clutter in the forums. Thanks! :)

                      January 3, 2019

                      [deactivated user]

                        Okay, no problemo.

                        January 3, 2019

                        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SniperWolff90

                        Do you have any ideas when the course will be live? I was also looking everywhere to find a good Latin course.

                        January 3, 2019

                        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

                        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.

                        January 3, 2019

                        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PotatoSanta

                        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.

                        January 3, 2019

                        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pancho_Delanave

                        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.

                        January 4, 2019

                        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Proverbs_2_6

                        Thank you so much, Duolingo! Gratias omnis vobis ago! (I think that's correct, at least.)

                        January 4, 2019

                        [deactivated user]

                          I News asap

                          January 4, 2019

                          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mmcdermo

                          So it's been two months since these posts. How is the Latin project coming along?

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