Old English (Ænglisc) and Latin (Lingua Latina)
Who else would be for adding a couple dead languages to Duolingo? I feel like Old English and Latin would make wonderful additions to Duolingo and in addition they would make Germanic and Romantic languages much easier to learn.
The day Latin comes to Duolingo I will be growing my skill tree as if there were no tomorrow.
If you know anybody that can speak either of them fluently or as proficiently as you can get with a dead language, then ask them to apply :)
Latin probably has a higher chance of getting added, just because I'm guessing that more people know it.
It's an odd paradox. Yes latin is the obvious choice which is exactly why it's not the right one. Latin died for a reason it has a whole linguistic family of successors, it's been well studied and learned for 2000 years. Oddly because we are so familiar with it, I think it's place as a "for study language" is very well cemented, duolingo won't revive the language and there is zero help needed to preserve it. Old english on the other hand is entirely different. It's mostly a footnote in history. It's a mystery yet english is the most spoken language on the planet. I think a duolingo course could actually make a major impact with development of a course in the global understanding of english.
Old English is so gorgeous, it doesn't even sound like it originated on Earth. I would absolutely jump at the chance to learn it.
I'm in! Ænglisc and Latina would be so interesting to learn. Dead languages rule! :) And if I knew them proficiently, I would definitely apply!
I speak Old English on a very proficient level and have submitted an application... I have many other people who speak it proficiently and fluently who also want to help.
I can say Old English is definitely a tricky language but once you get a few things down its mostly Modern English and German with a little bit of a twist to it. If you can take Dutch on Duolingo or German, you can learn Englisc. Even being fluent in Modern English means you can understand a fair amount of things.
Anyone else interested should check these out:
(pages from the last link)
(Many friends who are native in both German and English can understand everything in the video.)
http://www.amazon.com/Learn-English-Leofwin-Matt-Love/dp/189828167X (Great book I can personally recommend)
Would you be willing to help me learn Old English? I've always liked the way it sounds.
I really REALLY want to learn it, but the best thing I can do for now, is learn all the germaninc languages on duolingo and read beowulf XD
People who are proficient or fluent in Swedish and fluent in English have said that Old English is very comprehendable to them.
Aethelwulf, is there any way to contact you? I'd love to learn Old English!
It's such a huge shame they never seem to have accepted your application. I want to learn Old English so badly but I just don't have the time to do it through book reading and writing things down.
I'm in Latin II at school. I might apply after next year. I know lots. I made a suggestion to add Old English a couple weeks ago. i hope they add both.
I've applied for EN-LAT and haven't heard back yet. I think it would be a great addition to this site.
Old Norse and Icelandic are about as similar as modern English and Shakespearean English from what I've heard.
If you want the University of Iceland offers a free online course in Icelandic. You just have to be prepared in that it throws you right in and the entire course is in Icelandic.
// Old Norse and Icelandic are about as similar as modern English and Shakespearean English from what I've heard. // If I'm not mistaken Shakespearean English is considered modern, linguistically and is very comprehensible. If the analogy holds, fluent speakers of Icelandic should (and can from what I hear) understand a great deal of Old Norse :) It'd be great to see duo in some of these tongues
The comparison sounds about right, but I don't think most anglophones can actually understand shakespear in a fluent sense.
I really hope that they add old English. Today my friend and I were talking about ways to improve our school (our mascot is the templars so we were going down a medieval road) and came to the conclusion that we should rebuild the school as a castle and teach old English instead of modern. Because of this I find it my duty to actually learn the language.
I think Latin makes sense, ultimately, especially seeing as there is interest/demand. Whether they will teach Ecclesiastical or Classical (I would hope for Classical). And Old English would be awesome. There are actually a strong base of people who know it since it's a valuable history tool, but whether they'll sign up to Duolingo... Maybe Ancient Greek, Old Norse, Akkadian and Sanskrit eventually, too? A collection of classic languages?
I speak it (Englisc), I signed up, I made the application, I have not heard back from Duolingo.
A whole range of dead languages would be great. Especially Old English!
I would absolutely love to learn Ænglisc! Not the most useful language perhaps, but it would be something quite valuable for getting an insight into our own history as English speakers.
I'm all in for that. There aren't many OE self-study methods, and... well, even fewer chances to speak, so I've been dabbling a bit in other Germanic languages (Dutch, mainly) as the next best thing.
I would love to learn Old English, where can I vote for this?
I'd also love to learn old Norse.
I would really like Latin. I hope it will be added, as plenty of people know it.
While it might be cool, I'm not sure you'll find enough people fluent in those dead languages to make a course for them.
I would love to see a course on Old English, but I wouldn't want to see the course teaching pronunciation (see <ie> above).
I think that it would be great! I would love to give it a shot or at least a good look over.
Latin would be ideal since it underpins French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and, to some extent, English. A rudimentary knowledge of it is, already, of great use to me despite my being only 'O' level Latin (failed).
I also love old english. What about Shakesperean english? you could have duolingo lessons especially on the very hard old words that he occupied. that´d be fine, and after that you could calmly read his texts. I think his english was very beautiful because it was way more germanic and less frenchy than today...