The Latin Course on Duolingo
I am so happy to be learning Latin on Duolingo. I have completed the entire Latin tree level five such in a short period.
While I continue to practice Latin on Duolingo, I look forward to being able to teach myself Latin more using the other books.
Thanks to Duolingo contributors. We have been waiting for Latin to be introduced on Duolingo for three years.
Strangely enough it's of much more use for botanists. You have to be able to describe new plants in Latin. They give latin names to plants and that system is simple enough if you have some Latin. But you can't publish in any journal unless it's written in Latin in the past really awful latin.
Describing new plants is only what a minority of botanists do. You are correct though, even though the articles are in English, they used to contain a Latin section with the formal description in Latin. The information itself is also available in the surrounding English text so the reader does not necessarily need to understand Latin.
However, in recent articles I have seen even the formal species nova description to be done completely in English although half of the words are almost Latin anyway. In 2008 they still had both languages in this particular journal.
I think many, perhaps more, botanists also come into contact with Latin descriptions on older herbarium tags.
I am out of date. I had read Latin for Botanists which is now in the public domain. But a side effect of losing of hard copy has led to modern changes. Either in 2012 or 2014 depending on whom you trust.https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/culturing-science/botanists-finally-ditch-latin-and-paper-enter-21st-century/ or https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/plants/10911055/No-more-Latin-Botany-rebooted-for-the-21st-century.html
Sometimes people downvote when they see a mistake ("thanks you"). I don't understand why people need to get pedantic here. We are learning languages and we learn from our mistakes. If you want to teach someone, say it in a comment. A downvote might make the poster think that someone is disagreeing with the content of their message. Imo, it's also just plain discouraging. And also there are simply trolls.
Yes, I am also delighted to be able to learn some Latin! On my first year in school learning it I achieved 90% at the end of year examination. But the next year the teacher was changed and I failed the end of the year examination!! Yes that is true and I gave up the course. The Latin I did learn on my first year though was very beneficial to me.
A good teacher is essential. (Or a good program.) I'm almost 60. My dad taught Latin in a Catholic school. (Classical) He always talked about how it had to be relevant, how it had to be enjoyable. You just can't drone on and on and pound rules into people. A good teacher makes you love it (or at least not hate spending your time in that class)
The first year I had an excellent teacher who made Latin fun and easy to learn. The next teacher was soo extremely boring and basically just read from the book! I found out that she was going to continue to be the Latin teacher so I just couldn't stand doing any more boredom and stopped doing the course.
I have yet to complete it, but was also hoping that more will be added. For me Latin is just something to occupy my mind, and because I am learning Portuguese, but when it gets too hard I stop for a bit and then go from the start again back down, which helps. I really like Latin though, so would like to be able to read it properly. As it relates to Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and possibly even German quite well, it is really useful. I love it and will pursue it further!
I am almost finished with the tree and am very glad Latin is on Duolingo. I would reccomend getting lots of experience reading Latin. There are quite a few low-cost Latin novellas from beginner level to more advanced. https://comprehensibleantiquity.com/free-volunteer-reading/
The numbers are XP levels, determined by how many XP you’ve accumulated in the course. People can accumulate different numbers of XP by different amounts of bonus earned, or by doing practices, etc. (For example I have also finished the course to level 5, and my XP level is only 13!)
This gives the correspondence between XP and XP level:
I had two years of Latin in high school, from '59 to '61, and then started to study it a few years ago after I retired, using Wheelock, which is excellent. I've also been using a course from the Great Courses, which is really helpful as the teacher is excellent. But, for cementing in words and phrases, Duolingo Latin is wonderful. I started asking Duolingo for a Latin course a few years ago and am delighted that they responded. They really need to add macrons, but otherwise I am quite happy with what they have done.
Da mi lingotos mille, deinde centum,
Dein mille altera, dein seconda centum,
Deinde usque altera mille, deinde centum.
Dein, cum milia multa fecerimus,
Conturbabimus illa, ne sciamus,
Aut ne quis malus invidere possit,
Cum tantum sciat esse lingotorum.
Ps please don't give me any lingots