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

Are the Latin sentences pretty creepy?!

I've only done French and Latin on Duolingo, but so far the French sentences have been what you'd expect ("it's raining"; "I wake up early"), while the Latin sentences were often weird and slightly sinister: "I collect dolls and bones," "the young man wanted to get down from the altar." And then there are all the poop-filled toilets and the drunk parrots smashing up the forum. Silly but fun. It makes learning Latin more light-hearted and less dusty and dour than it's usually given credit for.

December 1, 2019

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARC-27-5555

Don't you just love drunk parrots?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrunoKochi3

I have a parrot. She does NOT drink alcohol! And if you ever got the idea of "hitting" her she would make sure to repay you with a serious bite. They don't forget!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARC-27-5555

Well then you have a smart parrot compared to the ones Duo talks about.


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

I just loved the "Nature" part, you would imagine it's focused on nice stuff like "sun is shining brightly, grass is growing nicely, etc", but boom! You get all those fires, water running under the floor, destroyed buildings and bridges, oh, and the word for "violently", of course!


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

I know! I thought we'd be getting sylvan glades. But it's pretty entertaining. I think more kids would learn Latin if they had these type of sentences!


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

What is the problem with the young man to get down from the altar? Is this sinister? Only, maybe, for the marrying maidens... lol


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

Well, I think it's a bit disturbing that the young man is up on an altar.


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

Had a bit of a human sacrifice feel to it!


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

Carthago actually did sacrifice hundreds of children. Just the old Roman gods reminding their hate to Carthage xD CARTHAGO DELENDA EST


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

I'll forever remember the Spannish "The bear drinks beer" and everyone in the comments like "whoaaa... This one bear is so cool !" What's fun about those, it's that they sometimes are strange, and sometimes really simple sentences become so fun just because of the comments (like "Where do I come from ?" (Latin course) --> Duolingo diving into philosophy ? xD)


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

Oh yes.

And you have absolutely no idea what the evil goddess Minerva will do when the next advanced release of the Latin course appears. The rumour is that it will make The Texas Chainsaw Massacre look like a pleasant stroll to the forum...

But I never believe rumours. Do you?


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

Well, Minerva has already destroyed the undutiful human by chance, so there's no telling what she'll do next.


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

Yeah, I miss the sentences about naval battles and Caesar's victories! (But I could seriously do without the Cicero's sentence structures of a silly lenght).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kati673185

i dont think so too - that parrot could be very important to know in latin


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

I don't know why romans are so obsessed with drunk parrots, angry parrots, livia marcus and corinna


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChrisV351540

Even traditional Latin classs are sinister - see justly popular : https://twitter.com/magistrabeck/status/820008760819286016


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

Yes, they can be a bit grim! Although the Cambridge Latin series is fun (until Vesuvius erupts).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AvisStulta05

I totally agree, but you forgot the part where the sketchy gravedigger says "Ubi sepulchra sunt?" By the way, does anyone know where the graves are?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ARC-27-5555

Don't forget that one girl's mother who has a grave before she was dead


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

Scared, I haven't gottent that far into the course lol. Now I assume it's cursed


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

Only if someone taught the parrots to curse, but mind the weasels.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Diana793447

Semper paratus.... ;)


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

Yeah you´re right. Apart from the weird phrases the voice of the man is quite spooky.

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