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The Latin Language
Builds Powerful English Vocabulary

Ever study the Latin language in School? If so, you might believe the old saying: Latin’s a dead language, dead as it can be, first it killed the Romans, and now it’s killing me.

The truth is, Latin is alive and strong not only in growing language programs around the world, but also in your own daily conversations. Yes, whether you know it or not, you use Roman words every day.

Try learning a Latin vocabulary word every week for six weeks. You will be amazed how easy it is, how much fun it can be, and how powerful for building English vocabulary words.


Latin Abbreviations:

You and your students already know the meaning of dozens of Latin abbreviations. A few short lessons will clarify the root meaning of these phrases, providing opportunities to build new understanding of English words.


Latin Phrases:

Beyond abbreviations, the Latin language is written and spoken today in the form of many short phrases. Often we borrow a phrase wholesale from Latin without crediting the source. Slow down to look at a few phrases your students probably know already, i.e. tap their prior knowledge. Then expand their understanding with new material. Example Latin Quote: Sic Semper Tyrannis

On the dollar bill, three Latin phrases can be found: Novus Ordo Seclorum, Annuit Coeptis, and E Pluribus Unum.


Latin Roots

The most powerful tool for teaching English vocabulary is the study of Latin derivatives. Latin is at the core of the majority of English words of three or more syllables.

For this reason Latin helps build vocabulary for advanced English, for college entrance exams, for graduate school, and for careers in science or humanities.

Start with derivatives of lux, lucis


Latin Literature

The greatest benefit to studying Latin, however, is the resulting appreciation of Roman literature. The great poets, statesmen, and historians of Rome are among the greatest writers in world literature. The ability to read Roman authors in the original Latin is the most rewarding result of Latin study.

Start learning Latin today with the story of Perseus! Gain an ear for classical pronunciation!


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