Though Latin is no longer anyone’s first language, it is not completely “dead”. Latin continues to be an influence in English, about three fifths of English words stem from Latin. Students of Latin have gone on to be successful in other fields. Two (famous) examples are J.K. Rowling (writer of the Harry Potter series) and Ted Turner (founder of CNN and TBS). Latin not only an influence in English, but it is also the base of other languages such as French, Spanish, and Italian. Latin is not the language you speak with your friends, but it has had a bigger impact on you than you think.
Latin is still taught in schools even though it’s not anyone’s native language anymore. There are many uses for Latin, so learning Latin does have advantages. One advantage is it lets you read classic literature without translation into another language. The good part about that is you can read everything because some words do not translate and you can feel the flow of the words better when its read in its original format. One other use for Latin is it can help you get better test questions. Not questions directly related to Latin, learning Latin will help you with the origins of many English words and that can help your understanding of English vocabulary.
As I mentioned earlier, about 60% of English words stem from Latin. Another language that a lot of English words stem from is French, and Latin is the base of French. English and Latin are in the same language family which is called Indo-European. Pretty much all of medical terms come from either Greek or Latin. One reason there are any Latin words and phrases in today’s law is, “ancient Rome’s legal system has had a strong influence on the legal systems of most western countrie…
…e: More than one.
Derivative of: multaThere were multiple people in the crowd.
Navy: The part of the army that deals with problems at sea.
Derivative of: navisRoman’s navy improved mightily after the Punic wars.
Nonfiction: A true writing piece.
Derivative of: nonNonfiction books can be funny too.
Obtain: To get something
Derivative of: obtinereThe book was easy to obtain because there were so many copies.
Peril: To be in danger.
Derivative of: periculosusI was in peril because I was lost deep in the woods.
Precious: Something that is important and valuable.
Derivative of: pratiuosusThe baseball card held a memory, it was so precious to him.
Quiet: To not make much noise.
Derivative of: quieta Marshawn Lynch is a quiet person, he lets his play do the talking.
Remember: To call up a memory from the past.
Derivative of: meminsseI could not remember his name.