“Latin is the key to the vocabulary and structure of the Romance languages and to the structure of all the Teutonic languages, as well as to the technical vocabulary of all the sciences and to the literature of the entire Mediterranean civilization, together with all its historical documents.” (Dorothy Sayers, National Review)
Why Study Latin*?
- Half of our English vocabulary is made up of Latin root words
- Latin provides the root words for all modern Sciences.
- Latin is the language of Law, Government, Logic & Theology.
- Latin is an efficient way to learn English grammar.
- Latin is the best preparation for learning any foreign romance language.
- Latin trains the mind.
- Latin is transformative. (Like Math, studying Latin is cumulative – everything must be remembered. A cumulative subject builds year after year requiring more advanced skills developing a growth in its students.)
- Latin is the language of Western Civilization
- Studies show that Latin is effective for improving SAT scores, reading achievements, vocabulary skills, math problem solving
Latina Christiana by Memoria Press is a gentle introduction to Latin. Each week students will learn 10 vocabulary words, 1 Latin saying, and 1 grammar form. By the end of the course, students will have learned 250 vocabulary words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and prepositions) as well as 25 Latin saying. They will know the grammar forms necessary to decline 1st, 2nd, and 3rd declension nouns, 1st and 2nd declension adjectives, and 1st and 2nd person pronouns, as well as the forms necessary to conjugate 1st and 2nd conjugation verbs in the present, imperfect and future tenses. Given that approximately 60% of English words come from a Latin root, students will practice recognizing the Latin components of unfamiliar English words and using that knowledge to determine the word’s meaning. This course also contains a history component which will introduce students to several famous men of Rome, aspects of the ancient city of Rome, the geography of the Ancient Roman Empire, Roman culture, and Roman mythology.
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