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5 Reasons for Your Kids to Learn Latin

 

“Tu loquerisne Latine?” That is Latin for, “Do you speak Latin?” If your answer is “non” (no), then your kids should definitely add “Learn Latin” to their bucket list. Here are five reasons why.

 

“Tu loquerisne Latine?” That is Latin for, “Do you speak Latin?” If your answer is “non” (no), then you should definitely add “Learn Latin” to your bucket list.

Why? Let’s count the top five reasons:

Also, Latin looks good engraved in stone, if you ever happen to find yourself at loose ends with a slab of marble and a chisel handy.
Also, Latin looks good engraved in stone, if you ever happen to find yourself at loose ends with a slab of marble and a chisel handy. Image: Wikimedia Commons

5. They can boost their SAT and ACT scores by knowing the Latin roots of otherwise obscure English words.

4. Since Latin is the language of the Church, they’ll be better able to understand those Latin hymns . . . plus, if they ever get lost in the Vatican, they will be able to ask anyone for directions!

3. Read most of the ancient manuscripts of the Western world in the original!

2. Have private conversations with friends without resorting to “pig Latin”!

1. Tweet the pope in Latin and see if he retweets them on his Latin Twitter feed.

It is true that the pope tweets in Latin (among other languages). Here is one of his tweets addressed to young people: “Dilectissimi iuvenes, Christus vocat vos ad quaerenda et agnoscenda verissima ac pretiossima in vita vestra.”

Why is Latin the official language of the Church? Because that was the universal language of the Roman empire, which adopted Christianity as its official religion before it broke up. Although Latin ceased to be the common language of western Europe a thousand years ago, the Church continues to use it in order to stay connected with its past and to avoid privileging one language (like Italian) above the many languages spoken by Christians.

If you haven’t learned Latin yet, look below for the officlal English translation of the Pope’s tweet.

Dear young people, Christ asks you to be wide awake and alert, to see the things in life that really matter.

—Pope Francis

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