A Benefit Of Learning Latin

13 Jun

Just recently we learned the Latin verb for one person to listen – “audi”.

Over breakfast a light went off in the boys’ brains.

“That’s just like “audio” which mean something you can listen to!!”

(By the way, “audio” in Latin means “to listen”)

So we went on a dictionary hunt to find other words that came from the Latin word to listen.  We found stacks and wrote down a couple.

This led us on a hunt for words related to the other Latin vocabulary the boys had already learned.  The boys were so excited and coming up with suggestions of their own before I could even find them in the dictionary.

So the next time you are wondering, “Why would you ever teach a dead language like Latin?”, ponder this impromptu English vocabulary lesson.

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Posted by on June 13, 2011 in Latin


5 responses to “A Benefit Of Learning Latin

  1. April

    June 15, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    This is why I have chosen to study Latin next year with the kids. I learnt French at school and when in France I never had the opportunity to speak the native language, everyone spoke English… So I thought Latin would be more useful 🙂

  2. Tracey

    June 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I studied French for five years and have never used it. I got really high marks in it but as the skill has never been used I can barely remember any of it now. I just think foreign language is pointless unless you have a purpose for it. At least with Latin they will learn more about English. We’re actually really enjoying it. What curriculum are you planning on using?

  3. Sarah

    June 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

    do you use a curriculum or program to help teach them Latin?

  4. Tracey

    June 16, 2011 at 10:08 am

    We’re using Song School Latin at present but I made up our own worksheet/notebooking stuff for it. We’ve been using it for ages now as we want to really know the vocabulary before adding in new vocab. No point in knowing it one week and not the next. Next we’ll be using Visual Latin and Latin for Children.

  5. April

    June 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I have already purchased Song School Latin and plan to make some flash cards or something for our daily memory book. You weren’t thinking of sharing your notebooking pages, were you? 🙂 A few blogs have recommended English from the Roots Up. Have you had any experience with it?
    P.S. I too have forgotten most of my French. I spent so much time studying it in high school, what a waste 😦


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