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Plans to extend Latin Course?

Sorry if this has already been asked, but I couldn't find a similar question when I searched; I was wondering if the Latin course will be extended at some point?

I'm learning it so that I can help my son who has just started learning it at school and I would appreciate the opportunity to learn more vocabulary and tenses.

Thank you!

September 25, 2019



I'm quite certain I have seen contributors talk about adding more material. They have already added more audio (individual word pronunciations) so it's not an abandoned course.


This is discussed some here in the comments; in other discussions also, but this is the post I found first. The intention is to expand the course.

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Thanks for helping direct users to questions we've already answered so we don't have to keep repeating ourselves! :D

FYI, I also discussed here why additions to a tree might take longer than users often think it should.


You're welcome. And thanks for your link (sounds kind of like Alphonse and Gaston, doesn't it?). I hadn't seen it but had another in mind. Very interesting, as usual with knowledgeable discussion of Latin. :)

The course is great, and further expansion of it would be super.


Salvete. I'm really excited for new Latin course, i hope they will add soon.


It would be a good move to add more material to the Latin course, however the pronounciations I hear now are far away from the ones taught in Europe. I had 6 years Latin in my school in Austria and the deviations in pronounciation are severe - sorry to say so.


AlbertLeit, what are the differences you hear between the Latin pronunciation you learned, and the pronunciation on the course?


Sharon, I want to address two differences: 1) the pronounciation for the "c" we follow the rule of ce (tse) ci (tsi) ko ka ku, which is maybe closer to the later Latin tradition, i.e. not the archiac style. 2) the ae we pronounce more like an "ee" than we hear in the course closer to "ai", so for example Romae we pronounce mor like "Romee", not "Romai" - again not so archaic. I am well aware that names like Ceasar, which sounds in Austria more like "tsesar" still does not explain why we called our Emperor Kaiser, again following that more archaic style. What was really right we will not find out, it is a question of traditions rather. Does this answer your question?


AlbertLeit, thank you, yes that answers my question. The Duolingo course is trying to follow a reconstructed Classical Latin accent. There are other accents that developed later, for example various developments in the different countries of Europe. So that’s presumably why it’s different from what you learned.

Scholars who work to reconstruct ancient pronunciations of languages have a lot of evidence, including analyzing typical errors made in writing, to guide them in the project. So I think the situation for a reconstructed classical pronunciation is more optimistic than simply having to follow later traditions.


Thanks, this is very interesting. I also used to think that the pronunciation of the Latin "c" is similar to the Italian "c" but now I understand this is no longer the consensus. Having said that, there is a fair deal of guess work when it comes to reconstructing the pronunciation of ancient languages. Think of all the regional accents and dialects they must have had back then as modern languages do now.


I'd also ask something about Classical pronunciation. I hear -gn- in this course pronounced like /gn/ (in words pike pugnare, ignavus etc). But also I read somewhere that in Classical Latin it was like the French -gn- sound. Actually that's why French could get the sound, but also it could transform from /gn/ later. I wonder what is right


Why have you been downvoted, it's true that it's not the pronunciation taught in Europe. So, because this fact is true, I upvoted you.


I also hope there will be added tips and notes to all the lessons that already are, because sometimes it is hard to figure out what is happening without them


water-color! In answer to your question below regarding the pronunciation of 'gn' in Latin, I've always known it to be a straight forward pronunciation, with each letter voiced separately. In some languages (as in French) this is called a 'velar nasal (ng - phonetic: ŋ)'. You can find similar pronunciations in ancient languages, for instance the Greek (ἀγγέλους - messenger) with the 2 gammas pronounced 'ng' . However, I've never come across this in Latin.


“g was always hard as in get, never soft as in gem: glōria, gerō. When it appeared before n, the letter g represented a nasalized ng sound as in hangnail: magnus.”

Excerpt From: Richard A. LaFleur. “Wheelock's Latin.” iBooks. It's also pronounced in a more nasalized way in Church Latin.


well, Latin just left the Beta stage... they are adding more audio and alternatives to the existing sentences and skills so I do believe they will start increasing the overall size of the tree and also add a lot more sentences


Latin has just left Beta? (Runs over to course to look at its new status.) Beautiful! Shall we celebrate? Vinum rubrum et crustula? Sorry it’s not fancier but I don’t yet know how to say “champagne and caviar” in Latin. Let’s celebrate like psittaci ebrii!


No, it's still in beta. It's still stage 2 in the incubator.


extension would be great

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