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

A discrepancy: "electronic devices" didn't exist.

I've noticed a discrepancy in the Latin course: the content is here, but we're getting it from electronic devices, what doesn't make sense at all.

in Ancient Rome, "computers" (just like "cellphones") didn't exist.

there were wax tablets and papyrus (which, in special cases, inscriptions were carved in stone).

Electronic computers were introduced in the XX century by the American physicist John Vincent Atanasoff, and it served mathematical purposes only.

tl;dr: you should replace "electronic devices" with "wax tablets". : )

September 15, 2019

28 Comments


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

Your logic is highly flawed. If the Romans didn't have computers or cellphones how did they maintain their streak on Duolingo????? They also couldn't have checked on their Amazon orders without at least a desktop computer.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARCANA-MVSA

I wholeheartedly agree. And Romans didn't know about the "New World" either, so "America" should also be removed from the course because it's not authentic Latin. I don't care that William Whitaker's Words has words like autocinetum and saccharium!!!

Oh, and the capitalization is all wrong - IT SHOVLD ALL BE IN CAPS LIKE THIS! Anything else is absolutely, totally wrongggg.

;)

Volgav vitsenanieff nivya kevach varatsach.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sharon275517

IAMBVSYCARVINGTHEENTIRECOVRSEONSTONETABLETS.


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

Finally someone else that had actually been in college.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShanePatri14

How can people simultaneously argue that the course should remove anachronisms like New York, lowercase letters, and spaces, while maintaining that macrons are absolutely necessary?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARCANA-MVSA

It is sarcasm and satire. We're not really arguing these things. :)

Volgav vitsenanieff nivya kevach varatsach.


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

You didn't turn the crazy up high enough for us to tell.

I think the constant bickering has everyone on edge and defensive.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARCANA-MVSA

You're probably right. I kinda figured that was what happened. Hence my clarification. :)

Keep up the great work!

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShanePatri14

If I could have put an ironic smile at the end of my post I definitely would've; I don't get that serious about macrons etc.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jon786634

Are you sure ancient Romans didn’t have cell phones or computers? That couldn’t be right. What is your source for the information about Atanesoff?


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

They did have tablets ; )


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

I'm not sure if people down voting really got the reference. ahahaha


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

Look here, if we don't allow ourselves electrical equipment, how are we going to get our time machines to work exactly?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tembo441

Sigh

Have you never heard of CLOCKwork.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARCANA-MVSA

Or a TARDIS.

You know, Tempus Atque Relativae Dimensiones In Spatio.

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tembo441

Well, construction of the first computer was started in 1819 by Charles Babbage (not completed until very much later, but it did work). It's hardly Roman, though!

Anyway, "Aliorum iudicio permulta nobis et facienda et non facienda et mutanda et corrigienda sunt." Cicero. A good observation for the Latin course here and for those who are desperately trying to improve it.


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

No, that was mechanical (and Ancient World actually had some incredible nice mechanical stuff, vide: Archimedes), we're using electronic devices now.

You're using fallacy there with Cicero.


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

"we're using electronic devices now."

Speak for yourself. I loaded the Duolingo APK on my wax tablet. It's the only way to learn Latin properly.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARCANA-MVSA

I tried that with my Waxy 4000 ... but the screen wouldn't change when I pressed the download button. I fear that if I keep trying, soon I might not have a download button to press at all. :( Help!

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

You have to draw the button yourself.

You might need a new stylus.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr.Krassinski

I take my notes on the floor tiles.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARCANA-MVSA

I saw. I was considering taking over the ceiling ... :P

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

Big news: Latin is not Cicero. While the neo-Latin is a bit silly version of the language, it is rather pointless to stick to Cic and Caes only (oh yes, Livy is about 96,8% 'proper' Latin!) And Tacitus is a complete heretic and Plautus is so wrong no one is allowed to even mention about him.

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