An Introduction to the Latin Language

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An Introduction to the Latin Language

Post  hoodedwarbler12 on Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:09 pm

So, why study Latin? Isn't Latin a dead language? The answer is, as you can see on our banner, "Latin is not a dead language!"
You see, most English words have roots in Latin. How would you know that a vivarium is a place in which something lives if you didn't know that the Latin verb vivere means to live? How would you know that verbose means with many words if you didn't know that the Latin noun for "word" is verbum?
Also, though Latin isn't spoken as the formal language of a country anymore, it was once the language of the world's greatest empire at the time! The Roman Empire stretched from Asia Minor all the way up to Britain, and down to Spain and North Africa. From 753 BC to 395 AD this huge empire ruled undivided. Latin was still spoken when it divided in 395 AD! Today, Latin is the official language of only a small part of Rome called the Vatican City.

View of the Vatican City

Learning Latin will greatly improve your English vocabulary, as well as make you a part of history! Are you ready to learn? On to your first lesson!

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Good News!

Post  Fidelia on Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:50 pm

I'm looking forward to learning more about Latin!

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