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Thank you creators of Duolingo Latin!

I would like to thank the creators of Duolingo Latin. I have already started working my way through, and it is so nice to see that my past two years of learning Latin are paying off!

Please join me in thanking them for their hard work.

September 1, 2019

37 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/uac1530

I was a Latin teacher for several years, and I love Latin. I am excited to see this course available on Duolingo and wish it had been when I was teaching Latin. So far... it has been very frustrating and there are a lot of things missing but I am confident that the same hard work that brought it to life will keep improving it. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cleanthe3

Indeed thank you ! I'm a bit tired of the criticism about the pronunciation, some posts are just disrespectful ! Enjoy what you have or find something better somewhere else ...


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

"Enjoy what you have or find something better somewhere else" all that people that are rushing to criticise should bring us better content instead. hahaha


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

Blessed be the starters of Latin course here (and all the students too)! : )


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

I've been studying Latin for the past two months and this course is amazing. I love the fact that I can study my Wheelock textbook to understand historical writing, but log on to Duolingo to get a more modern version.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Algarve11

Creators of this course, I thank you with all my heart!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Witcher2019

Let me throw my thanks into the ring. It’s very much appreciated. Thank you contributors, and remember to not take all the harsh comments too seriously.


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

Yes, thank you guys so much! In some of the forum comments your level of expertise has been unveiled and the English language doesn't have words worthy of expressing the good fortune we've had that people with your qualifications are volunteering their time to bring us this course. And thank you, too -- to the users who are stepping forward and offering their help when it comes to ironing out certain points or reporting problems.

The course is so great! Latin is wonderful and I'm having so much fun learning it. Thanks you guys!


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

Gratias vobis ago.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kamilo922913

Congratulations and thank you

Go ahead with the project and encouragement


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/clivet2

Thanks! Danke Schön! Merci beaucoup!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Algarve11

I'll add: Спасибо! ¡Gracias! Grazie!


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

Let me add 2 more: Obrigado (portuguese)!; Dankon (Esperanto)!;


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

Absolutely, I just started the Latin course ans already realize how much it's going to help for so many other languages ! Thanks to the Team :D


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

I am also very grateful :)


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

I am very excited to start learning Latin! The course looks fun.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeonNoel1016

I just decided to go on Duolingo for the first time in a couple months, and I'm so excited to see that they finally added Latin!


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

Thank you, dear developers. I am ever so grateful.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elisabeth3789

I'd like to join in with thanking the Duolingo Latin team! I LOVE the course! I'm having so much fun with it that I'm already halfway through the course. I actually studied Latin in high school quite a few decades ago, but this is much more enjoyable.


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

I'm thrilled that Latin is finally available on Duolingo. Thank you! I've been waiting for it for many years. I enjoy myself immensely when I do the lessons.

Although I appreciate the hard work, I MUST mention the pronunciation issues regarding the female reader. I value her input, BUT she speaks Latin in a very thick USA accent.

The problem is that many of us don't have English as a primary language (I'm one of those), therefore it's hard for us to realise if the woman is pronouncing the word the way she does because it's the way it's supposed to sound in classic Latin OR if it's how SHE, as an American, says it. Can you understand the dilemma?

The male narrator has a cleaner, easier to understand speech. He even pronounces the ''double R's''.

If I may be bold to offer a suggestion, take her narration down until she can practice it more and re-record it, if she so desires. Leave just the man's sentences for the time being.

I'm still on the ''Greetings'' sections and sometimes I just can't make out what she says, because her deep American accent gets in the way. Again, I thank her for doing it, but, as a non-English native speaker, I can tell you that her accent can be a bit confusing.

Thanks to team once again!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cleanthe3

I must be the only one who doesn't hear this American accent !! (or a German one as mentioned somewhere else) I'm a French speaker and what I can hear is a lot of rrrr and the intonation on some parts of the words that is uncommon in my native language, so for me it's good ! ;) I can only agree with the bad quality of the sound. The Latin pronunciation in this course actually reminds me the one in the Esperanto course, in DL or the one in Memrise; it's the same kind of pronunciation to me .

Are you from Brazil ? So a native Portuguese speaker ? It would be interesting to know the native languages of the people who complain about her american accent . I really can't hear it, it's weird .


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

Yes. Brazilian: born and raised here, so Portuguese is my mother tongue.

It's interesting that you don't hear the thick American accent by the lady. I don't mean to bash her. I'm thankful for the effort. HOWEVER sometimes it's really hard to make out what she says. The guy, on the other hand, speaks Latin very clearly. The difference between the two is huge.

The impression I get is that he has studied it before, therefore knows the correct pronunciation. She, on the other hand, seems like a beginner to me. Or maybe she doesn't know a bit of Latin and is just pronouncing the words as she's told. She tends to roll her 'R's' at every sentence, even when the words don't need it. A pity. That said, I'm LOVING the course. I've been waiting for it for a long time.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cleanthe3

Perhaps I need to wash my ears ;) I was listening to a german dialogue on another website and the american character had a strong american accent, this time it was really obvious to me. Maybe I'm too influenced by the rolling rrr indeed !


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gill714966

I can’t hear it either and I find her diction admirably clear (native English speaker here)


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

Maybe they did speak with an American accent bitd. We don't know so don't worry about it.


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

"They" who? The Romans? Did you actually say that perhaps the Romans spoke with an American accent? Did I get this correctly?


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

I love the Latin course, but I fully agree with your comment, CesarRioBrasil. I read other comments about the heavy american accent, but cannot find them anymore.

The American accent reminded me of the Doris Day song...: "Kay Say Rah, Say Rah....."

One day, (after studying Latin and Greek for six years, learning many European languages like French, Spanish, German, teaching British English in a Dutch school) I read the lyrics, and noticed ....."Que sera, sera" And I suddenly realized: "Oh my, I NEVER understood this was supposed to be Italian, Spanish or French...."

That is the same feeling I get when I listen to this Latin course. It helps to switch off the sound and focus on the written text ;-) Sorry Team, I know you spent many, many hours on this, and it is great that you created this —apart from the American accent— wonderful course!


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

Thank you so much for adding Latin. I'm so excited to begin learning.


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

I am so dang happy that they made a Latin course! It has been my lifelong dream to learn Latin to some level of competency. This is now possible. Words cannot express my happiness right now. Thank you so very, very much.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EvanLi681775

I agree completely with you


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

I've actually never learned Latin in the communicative way; after the basics we headed straight to the authors. :D But any Latin is good Latin imo.

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