Add Latin to duolingo.
I think people should be able to learn Latin on duolingo. Latin is the language that many specialists speak and also it is very beautiful. It will be great if it was present on duolingo. What are you opinions on this, duolingo users?
There is a lot of demands for Latin on Duolingo. It is a really useful language (especially if you want to learn all the romance languages e.g : Romanian / Italian / French) I'm sure it's only a question of time now.
Or simply learning another Romance language would help with the next and Spanish/French/etc. are living languages which can be used for both literature/history (like Latin) as well as for conversations with actual people.
For the time being, there is a very cool Latin language teacher on here who is doing Latin lesson posts pretty regularly. Either do a google search for "duolingo latin lesson" or scroll around here a bit. Just keep an eye out, I think I see them every week. :)
The fact that someone seems to make one of these posts every single week really shows how much Latin ought to be added. Incipiatur cursus Latinus, Duaelinguae! Scilicet sunt satis nostrum Latinistarum avidorum!
It seems cool, considering Latin is only taught in textbook form. But requesting it won't make it arrive any sooner.
Hear hear! A lot of history books written before about 1940 have untranslated Latin passages in; I'm reading a book about the Incas at the moment, an English translation from the early 20th century of an account written in the 16th century for King Philip II of Spain, and the Latin bits haven't been translated because, presumably, the translator didn't expect his readers would not know Latin (after all, anyone reading a history of the Incas was educated, and anyone educated knew Latin, in those days). This is true of so many history texts from that era.
I tried learning Latin a couple of times before, but an hour a week at uni (when we had full access to dictionary and grammar books even in the exam, and anyway were focusing more on short inscriptions that full understanding because it was part of an archaeology degree) meant it really didn't sink in. The way Duolingo is set up makes learning a language much easier than the approach I encountered at uni. Though perhaps given that it is a dead language it may need to be approached slightly differently to the normal Duo approach. Certainly with a degree of acknowledgement of how it is used (eg, in archaeological and ancient history contexts, in medicine, in law, in religion etc) rather than the more house-and-home, colours, animals, clothes approach usually used in Duo. At the very least, sentences actually written by actual Romans could be used - there's loads of it. Ovid, Varro, Caesar, Livy.