Drunk parrots and clever weasels: Just finished the Latin course
I just completed the Duolingo Latin course. Overall, I am impressed with the time the contributors put into this course, and to them I extend a huge thank you. There are still a lot of alternate sentence translations missing, but I understand that that will continue to get fixed as the beta stage progresses.
As suggested by the title, weasels and parrots (particularly drunk) show up a lot throughout the course, for whatever reason. It's a really fun course to do nonetheless.
Thanks to all Latin contributors, and I look forward to the course being expanded in the future!
I hope the word intervenio to makes an appearance in the next tree. I found the parrots and weasels entertaining, but I want to know more. Are they in league with one another? Are they enemies? Also, why all the poo, didn't the Romans master plumbing? I also am already looking forward to more Latin!
I am looking forward to reaching the drunk parrots and clever weasels. I've only made it through the first section and was surprised there were no apples :)
I just completed the first level tree in Latin, and I have to say that I'm a little disappointed.
Don't misunderstand me: I really do appreciate all the hard work that has gone into it so far, and anything is better than nothing, but I don't think it goes nearly far enough - even for a beta version.
I last studied Latin at school, more than 40 years ago. and I'm sure I remember all sorts of other sentence constructions, idioms, grammar etc etc. which, having completed all the skills, even though not all the levels in each skill, I should surely have come across by now in the course? Also, in most of the other languages I've looked at here, the language learning gives a little of the "feel" of the native speakers and their country, yet there is very little here that gives any sort of feel for Ancient Romans, Ancient Rome or its empire.
Could I now pick up a book written in original Latin and - with the assistance of a Latin-English dictionary to fill in the gaps I'm missing in vocabulary (which I fully expect to need to do at this stage in any language learning) - read and understand it? I don't think so, but in most other languages here I could do just that.
As Julius Caesar might have said:
Veni, Vidi... vici parum. O me miserum.
(Civis Britannicus sum)
Congrats on finishing! I‘ll keep plodding along in it. I‘ve never studied Latin and it already seems very grammar-heavy. I like it though. Hopefully they will update the course and quadruple the amount of words in it. I read somewhere that there are only 500-something new words in the course, which is way low considering the other courses.