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I am getting so frustrated I am thinking of quitting.

I can't seem to catch tenses and conjugation. Just when I think I have it, I move into a new lesson/subject and have to try to understand the new tenses/person/singular/and conjugation. And I keep losing my streaks (side note) It's so frustrating...Latin may be too much for me...

February 7, 2020



We only do present in this course. But the problem could be Latin has 4 conjugations for verbs. The singular for the first conjugation is in https://www.duolingo.com/skill/la/Greetings/tips-and-notes, there is more in https://www.duolingo.com/skill/la/Plurals/tips-and-notes - but I find it easier to see them all at once (but just memorize one at a time) eg http://dcc.dickinson.edu/grammar/latin/four-conjugations


Thank you so much for this insight. This may help me get over the roots/stems, etc. I truly appreciate your links and comments.


Just hang in there. I would suggest getting some kind of textbook as well. Duolingo is great, but sometimes doesn't give as much as you want. Don't quit.


First of all, if you haven't read through the Tips and Notes (conveniently labeled "Tips"), definitely do that. (You may need to use Web version to do so.)

Person is easy. Who's doing the action? I am, or we are? First person. You are? Second person. Anyone else? Third person.

Tense is when the action takes place. Present tense means it's happening now, future tense means it hasn't happened yet, past tense means it already happened. Imperfect tense means it was happening but has since stopped.

Conjugation is likewise simple. See below ...

Person Singular Plural
1st -o -mus
2nd -s -tis
3rd -t -nt

Sometimes 1st person singular will take an -m ending, like the subjunctive Velim (I would like), but you'll only see as much in tenses other than present (most of which aren't even covered in the course).

Let me know if you'd like some exercises to practice with; I've got a list (all present tense) made up for that. :)

Volgav vitsenanieff nivya kevach varatsach.


I very much appreciate your assistance. Anything you can pass my way to help, I will be very thankful for!


Latin is tough, hard to practice with native speakers, but try supplementing your studies with something else other than Duolingo to figure out where you're getting stuck


This is more of encouragement than help. Latin is complex but it is also rewarding if you learn it. And you can feel smarter than a majority of people if you know some of it. I struggled with Latin A LOT and I was almost failing but I eventually got it and just kept practicing whenever I could. You got this. <3


Lol thats me. That's why I'm trying to learn Chinese now. It's a tad bit simpler, but it's still challenging


Chinese is simpler to learn than Latin??

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