Everyone join the Latin course
I am very excited about the Latin course from both a historical standpoint and as a Catholic I’m curious if there is a way to see how many users sign up and compare to other languages I imagine many English speakers will add the course since it’s still taught especially to translate the classics.
I hope a lot of people join I would imagine the languages with more users get more attention from the developers and contributors
According to this link Latin has 54.4K people who signed up for it. Not bad for a start. :)
So far i have really enjoyed Latin! I have all on lvl two on section one and section two!
Good luck everyone ;D
I'm from Poland. Everyone is surprised here that I learn Latin, Catalan and other languages.
I love duolingo. I love learning languages :)
I started it yesterday...Not yet sure if I'll be able to study it every day, but anyhow, I started it. :)
I think I’ll be completing the first levels of the course today, I’m really enjoying it and taking Spanish and French on Duolingo has helped since a couple of the words are the same or similar
its ok, needs more content waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more content.
but its fine.
Well I’m hoping with many subscribers to the course the Duolingo staff will be encouraged to maintain and keep improving the course, I am assuming the courses with the most users get the most attention. I also would like to see popular Latin phrases and idioms in the course
Yes, It would be very good if a lot of people started to learn Latin. Duolingo would be responsible for bringing it back to life.
OMG - that would be a huge load of responsibility. There are already people who use Latin and who update the language.
But I think that for a language to be alive you need a true community of speakers; people who share their thoughts, memories and feelings in their daily lives in that language. I can't see how this would happen with Latin.
Happy learning! :-)
I would say that Latin is not dead. When we speak Spanish, Italian, etc we use a great deal of Latin words - so many of them that we almost speak Latin. It sounds everywhere - just in a little altered form.
Yes, Latin words, but many of the grammatical features did not make it into these languages (the case system, for example).
Apart from isolated words, do speakers of romance languages understand Latin texts? Would an ancient Roman understand French? I doubt it.
But I am not a linguist; so I don't really know.
Eh, depends. Full texts, not generally, but some sentences in Latin make sense when using a Romance language to help, yes. But then that's also true with just English, which has a majority Latinate vocabulary too. For one example, when I first saw 'ars longa, vita brevis' I immediately knew what it meant. A Romance language on top is a bonus to comprehension.
The natural method of learning Latin, such as with the book Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata, is reliant on speakers of related languages being able to make sense of the Latin text without explicit study first.
Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata is wonderful and I highly recommend it as an addition to Duolingo latin. The entire book is in Latin, not a word of english, but you start off reading very simple text and with the aide of the illustrations you'll find you understand.
"Do speakers of italian language understand Latin texts ? " Only the students that study it in the Liceo Classico or similar schools. However, I'm Italian, latin is not too difficult for us (also the case system, similar but more complicated than German). The ancient Greek is more difficult.