After completing Latin on Duolingo - what next?
Does anyone have any suggestions for continuing to self learn Latin after completing what's offered by Duolingo?
I am slowly going through Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata (aka LLPSI) Familia Romana, which was originally designed as a class textbook but which a number of people on Duolingo have used for self-study. It's unlike just about every other introductory language text I've seen in that it's written entirely in the learning language. I think there might be a little English in the legalese on the copyright page, but that's it. Everything else is Latin.
The first chapter is straightforward even without any prior Latin experience, and the next 2 or 3 are fairly straightforward for people who've gone (once, to crown level 1) through the entire Duolingo course. It gets more challenging quite quickly after that, but a lot of that is vocabulary -- most of the grammar concepts in the first 6-7 chapters are covered pretty well by the Duolingo course. Also a significant part of the challenge is getting out of the habit of "translate into your native language" as an intermediate step and just reading in Latin.
It's not something you can simply breeze through, at Duolingo speed or even at normal reading speed. But after going through each chapter carefully (and not being afraid to backtrack for review every so often), it seems to stick pretty well.
A bit of an update for anyone still following this:
The following site has old course notes for a Latin 101-level course that used LLPSI Familia Romana for its text. About 1/3 of the way down (under "Vocabulary Handouts") are vocabulary lists for LLPSI (English <--> Latin). This has been a lot handier than constantly going back and forth to Wiktionary (or wherever) when finding an unfamilar word or one that's difficult to guess from context.
LLPSI only really works if you get the workbook (Exercitia Latina) along with the textbook and actually do all (or at least most of) the exercises. If you do that, it's the best Latin course out there imho. I know people who have achieved actual fluency (as in: they can actually read, write AND hold conversations in Latin). I still haven't finished going through the entire book myself, I'm only up to chapter 27 so far, but I can promise you it's really worth it!
There is a series of books that I am using for an online latin class, but you could get the first one and teach yourself. It is a really fun book, actually! It's called Oxford Latin Course Part I by Maurice Balme & James Morwood. There are also online drills to go with the book. (the first book is reddish orange, second book is orangish yellow, third book is blue, i do not know if there is a fourth book...)
THIS IS JUST A SUGGESTION, BTW
Doing Latin on Duolingo has made me want to learn Latin the old fashioned way and I've discovered a book called Gwynne's Latin which teaches you Latin in the style they used to teach it. There is also a website by the same author with Latin lessons on video. www.gwynneteaching.com It might not be everyone's cup of tea but it's what I'll be doing once I've finished on here.
If you like to just start reading Latin stories and classics, try the SPQR series; it starts with some very simple readers that are about Duolingo Latin level and soon progresses to original Classic Latin texts: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perseus-Made-Easy-Study-Guides-ebook/dp/B00GAGH204/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=spqr+perseus&qid=1571951301&sr=8-1
Also, look for a traditional Latin Mass (TLM) at your local Catholic Churches; you'll hear Latin in the service and you will maybe meet some folks who can speak it.