Why we study Latin

  • Roughly, one quarter of the world's population speaks English and between 50% and 60% of words used in the modern English language have Latin (Roman) origins. And it's not just any half; on the whole it’s the longer, more difficult words that are derived from Latin. There is probably no other language in the world that affects English as much as Latin.
  • Latin and English represent two different language structures: Latin is a highly inflected language, showing functions of words by adding endings to base words; English is non-inflected, showing functions of words by their placement within the sentence. By comparing and contrasting these two languages through translating, a student will understand the basics of how most languages of the world work. This helps Latin students to pick up other languages more quickly.
  • Latin is the language that transmitted our cultural heritage for over 2,000 years. It pulls together language, arts, history, geography, culture, art, architecture, music, values, religion, government and science. Much of our modern world is related to Latin and the ancient and medieval cultures that spoke it. By examining the roots of our culture and its mother language of Latin, knowledge begins to integrate naturally.
  • ‘Canis meus id edit’…… Surely the pupil’s stock excuse for the failure to hand in homework sounds so much more persuasive in Latin?