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Can Macrons be Included to the Latin Course?

Macrons are signs that tell the reader to prolong a vowel (ā, ē, ī, ō, ū). Most Latin textbooks contain macrons (for obvious reasons) but isn't part of Latin.

Is it possible to add a setting to turn macrons on/off or make it part of the Latin text?

Many beginners here might not realize where to lengthen the vowel, leading to mispronunciation. Though you can listen to the sentence, some long vowels might be missed. Adding macrons could avoid this.

August 28, 2019

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AR1US

Actually, Macrons are an actual part of Latin, the Romans did use them as well, all the way until the fall of the empire! They differentiated between even the following three words:

annus “year” (long [nn]);

ānus “anus” (long [aa]);

anus “old woman” (short)

So there’s actually even more reason to use them XD

August 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AR1US

So, I think macrons should be mandatory.

August 30, 2019

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

You should surf the latin section before, I think there are at least 3 posts about this already. "Is it possible to add a setting to turn macrons on/off or make it part of the Latin text?" I think it would be okay if they don't force to write using macrons, because that could bring problems to the users that are not using touch screen devices.

August 28, 2019

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

Thanks for your comment about macrons. I did not know about macrons in latin. Like many things, it would be nice to have an option to turn something on or off. I guess duolingo likes to go for a "clean" interface with not too many options, but I can see why this would be helpful to be able to have that as an option.

August 29, 2019
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