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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.

September 10, 2014



The day Latin comes to Duolingo I will be growing my skill tree as if there were no tomorrow.

September 10, 2014


I'm the same here, only a month and 5 days away, now.

August 10, 2019


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.

September 10, 2014


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.

July 13, 2016


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.

September 13, 2014


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!

September 10, 2014


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.

October 25, 2014


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: http://www.tha-engliscan-gesithas.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Leofwin1-min-cynn.pdf (pages from the last link) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p72ciUaTBCk
(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)

October 25, 2014


Eala Aethelwulf, I am a student currently studying Old English, did you get very far with this project?

October 17, 2017


Eala :) wes thu hal ?

April 24, 2018


Would you be willing to help me learn Old English? I've always liked the way it sounds.

April 23, 2015


Certainly! give me a way to contact you!

April 25, 2015


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

December 4, 2014


People who are proficient or fluent in Swedish and fluent in English have said that Old English is very comprehendable to them.

April 28, 2015


Aethelwulf, is there any way to contact you? I'd love to learn Old English!

April 28, 2015


I added you on Skype! I will message you when I get home from my lecture.

April 29, 2015


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.

July 25, 2019


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.

September 11, 2014


I've applied for EN-LAT and haven't heard back yet. I think it would be a great addition to this site.

September 11, 2014


The only old English I know is from Age of Empires :D

September 11, 2014


I would also love middle English or old Norse.

September 10, 2014


I've always understood that old Norse is very close to modern Icelandic, with some changes in pronunciation and spelling. There are periodic calls to add Icelandic on duolingo, and I for one would be happy to see it! And Old English too.....

September 11, 2014


Old Norse and Icelandic are about as similar as modern English and Shakespearean English from what I've heard.

September 11, 2014


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.

September 11, 2014


// 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

April 5, 2016


The comparison sounds about right, but I don't think most anglophones can actually understand shakespear in a fluent sense.

July 13, 2016


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.

April 10, 2018


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?

September 12, 2014


I speak it (Englisc), I signed up, I made the application, I have not heard back from Duolingo.

October 27, 2014


A whole range of dead languages would be great. Especially Old English!

September 12, 2014


Old English: please please please please

January 27, 2015


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.

June 15, 2016


Yes! Old English! This should be the next addition!

July 20, 2016


It is Linqua Latina(linkva latina) not lingua.

August 8, 2017


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.

December 1, 2018


I would love to learn Old English, where can I vote for this?

I'd also love to learn old Norse.

April 11, 2019


I would really like Latin. I hope it will be added, as plenty of people know it.

September 11, 2014


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.

September 11, 2014


I want Ænglisc and Lingua Latina a lot.

February 7, 2015


I would love to see a course on Old English, but I wouldn't want to see the course teaching pronunciation (see <ie> above).

July 26, 2015


Good idea. Maybe someday we can have them.

January 8, 2016


i think that they should add old english

March 1, 2017


Old Norse would also be amazing to get here.

October 11, 2017


I think that it would be great! I would love to give it a shot or at least a good look over.

October 28, 2017


I would be willing to contribute to a Latin course

January 17, 2018


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).

February 8, 2018


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...

April 23, 2018


Ænglisc for sure, it has so much more uniqueness to it compared to Latin.

September 4, 2018
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