Latin fosters a
better understanding of English, especially English grammar. "Latin
with all its inflections forces students to focus their attention on
language and grammar. It opens their minds to the existence and purpose
of grammar" (Luschnig).
helps in the understanding of English in its vocabulary, as over 50% of
English words have Latin origins. It offers a unique opportunity to
look at the nature of language itself.
Latin is a precise
language. Studying its precise forms and grammar helps to develop
precise thinking skills, which, once developed, are of benefit in other
subjects as well.
Latin is the root of
the Romance languages of French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and
Romanian. Studying Latin will benefit those students who go on to study
any of these languages.
Latin is the
language of the sciences and medicine. Someone once said, “If you know
the vocabulary of a subject, then you know the subject.”
The literature of
Western Civilization is saturated with Latin, and understanding Latin
therefore leads to a greater understanding of our
More than 60 percent
of our English vocabulary is derived from Latin. The technical
vocabularies of such disciplines as medicine, law, astronomy, art
history, and music are largely Latin based.
The SAT Verbal
average for students taking the Latin Achievement Test is consistently
higher (166 points) than the national average for all students. If you
study Latin long enough, you can improve your general verbal skills.
universities which have foreign language entrance requirements usually
accept Latin as readily as they accept modern languages.
Latin helps the
students with their reading, writing, and spelling abilities. Building
a strong English vocabulary is a natural by-product of the study of
The study of Latin
allows the access of famous works in their original language.
"The study of Latin
is the study of Roman and usually Greek civilization -- the foundations
on which all western societies are based. " (The American Classical
National Committee for Latin and
Greek website: http://www.promotelatin.org/index.html
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