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Can we have more Latin please?

I have just finished the Latin tree, and sniffle am devastated that there isn't any more. Are there any plans to extend it?

April 4, 2020



I think there are, but it will probably take quite a while.


I just finished it too. I look forward to expansion of the course, which I liked. I will go back and practice. Also, in the meantime, I think I will learn with Wheelock's Latin. The supplementary exercises are a little like DL since they give practice drilling, making the language more automatic. The drawback is that even the current edition is grammar based. At lessons 14 and 15, where I am now at, you still do not have the verb to go (because it is irregular) nor that neat little verb soleo, solere (like Spanish soler, to do something habitually).


I am heading towards the end of my tree and I am hoping there will be more in the future! I am using other learning tools - Memrise has a few courses and I also have books. I find Latin vocabulary easy, but it is the grammar that is the hard part. Duo would be great for this, but grammar books can also fill that hole in the meantime!

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I hope there is more content soon. I really like this language.


The Latin tree is still Beta, so we will have more content one day... I hope


From what I understand, the tree will eventually be expanded. The "beta" nature of it explains its short length, but also implies that there are future versions that will be up for release. When that will be is a different question. Duolingo has copious amounts of work regarding their English certifications and (possibly delayed?) IPO. It saddens me but I expect their priorities aren't with a dead (yet fantastic) language when it could be with one of their more widely-used, and therefore more lucrative, languages such as Spanish. But who knows? Perhaps they're working on it as we speak.


Well said, yes, please extend this, I am trying to get to where I can read Virgil's "Aeneid"


In Latin? Wow, this is an impressive goal. We did the Aeneid in school and it was VERY difficult. Especially the grammar with all the Hyperbata.


Do you know Perseus (https://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:text:1999.02.0055 ), a cool tool to read Latin texts where you can look at multiple English translation as well as lookup every word? Next step in Latin progress would be to learn how to declaim it in hexameter.


Some Ciceronic sentence structures would be great, and practises in the consecutio temporum. Nothing against parrots though.


Bitte, mehr Latein!


I hope I could keep my Latin skills alive with this course. After completing the tree I was sad to see this is a beginner's course.


Do you know the book "Lingua latina per se illustrata" for learning Latin? I know it is used in many schools.


Let's hope they do a wholesale revision of it, it really takes me out of the language when it forces you to read and write about cookies, places in the USA and even worse contrived Latin names for American cities.


David, I recently discussed this very thing (https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/35426031). I think adding lessons more relevant to the historical context of Latin would allow for a more comprehensive experience of the language. It would also draw those interested solely in the language (perhaps as a foundation for others) and those interested solely in the history and culture of Rome to the course.


I don't know. I did like the Latin course but it is a bit short compared to, let's say, Spanish or French, so I am sure they'll expand it at some point. Latin's grammar is quite complex and a longer course is definitely needed to cover this.


I hope they'll expand it in the future, I'm really enjoying learning Latin


I hope they will...


There are many Latin readers being created with frequency by Latin teachers to bridge the gap between elementary Latin and the advanced text of Roman authors. Find more at: https://comprehensibleantiquity.com/free-volunteer-reading/


If you're interested, Scribd has 30 days free where you can study from online texts such as Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata. Top right has Pars II and other Latin texts.



Just a thought: It might be cool to have a “stories” feature that covers maybe some more basic sections of the Aeneid, De Bello Gallico, and maybe some poems from various other authors (shorter ones). Some pastoral poetry would be nice, a side of De Rerum Natura. General reading material like that.


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