Facebook Resurrects the Latin Language

By: Chris Crum - October 2, 2009

Facebook has added Latin to its list of languages that the social network now supports (there are more than 70 of them). Azeri, Faroese, Georgian and Nepali have also been launched.

"To students of Latin, the availability of the language on Facebook may be just what’s needed to narrow the distance between themselves and the venerable language. After all, the experience of studying Latin can frequently seem somewhat far and away," says Elizabeth Linder, an associate on the Facebook communications team.

Elizabeth Linder Status Update in Latin

"Though Latin has been long out of use, for some of us, it never loses its intrigue," says Linder.

It’s interesting that Latin, a language, which is the basis for and has influenced so many languages that are actually spoken today is just now coming to Facebook, while pirate speak has been around for quite some time.

It appears that many people are enthused about the addition of the Latin language to Facebook’s list. At this point, the announcement (2 hours old) already has over 2,200 likes and quite a few more positive comments.

As you may know, Facebook relies on uses to translate the site, and it is users who have translated it into Latin as well. Earlier this week, Facebook announced translations for Facebook Connect as well, which lets users translate websites across the web.

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  • http://latinum.mypodcast.com Guest

    Facebooks isn’t the first, NING has had an all-Latin interface for over two years now, with a dedicated Latin NING called Schola http://schola.ning.com
    This is quite ‘hard’core’, as only Latin is allowed on the site. Schola currently has 1200 members.

    • http://sites.google.com/sites/deepsouthlatin Sherry-Leigh Rowell

      I just visited Ning’s “Schola” Latin social network at: http://schola.ning.com. If you are a “middle-to-heavy-weight” Latin scholar or enthusiast – then this Latin social network is for you! There are lots of posts but I warn you, you might need your Latin dictonary and grammar charts handy!