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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AaronYoo3

What type of Latin is used?

I'm wondering, is the Latin taught in Duolingo Classical Latin or another type?

March 31, 2020

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

It's Latin American, ese.

Seriously now, it's on the page of the first tip of the course: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/la/Introduction/tips-and-notes

Pronunciation - This course uses Classical Pronunciation.

A few things worth noting:

V sounds like the English W

C always sounds like a K

G is always hard and never J

AE sounds like the English word "eye"


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

2020-03-01 Classical Latin and classical pronunciation are two different things. Nonetheless, as Steve86340 states, the course is designed to teach Classical Latin vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, with a few words updated for the modern world, such as Novum Eboracum for “New York”. Reading how they came up with that was fun. :)

Timor mortis conturbat me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Steve86340

It is indeed Classical Latin. Classical Latin is the most practical to teach because it's the only dialect/language that was 'preserved', since it was used mostly for official purposes among the elites. The actual spoken dialects of Vulgar Latin were diverse and changed quite a bit over time, eventually becoming the modern Romance languages.

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