• Ana Martin


Updated: Aug 29, 2021

Is the presence of Latin in the timetable causing you alarm? I have some great news: not everything you have heard about this much-feared subject is true!

Myth 1: Latin is boring

The Romans were not bored, so why should you be? The decisive factor will be your attitude and the atmosphere in class.

There are not many other subjects where you move from Greek mythology to volcanic eruptions while singing along to friendly tunes in an ancient language!

Think about it. You are going to have minotaurs, centaurs and even three-headed dogs first thing in the morning. If you like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, I have good news for you: you are going to love Latin!

So why does everyone say that Latin is boring? I wonder the same... maybe they found Latin boring in a class they took more than 20 years ago! Latin teachers today are the first to make sure the language is accessible and lessons are fun.

Maybe I can tempt you with some singing in Latin? Watch some of my youtube videos:

Myth 2: Latin is hard to learn

Despite the constant claims about its structure, Latin is a language like any other and it can be learnt in an interactive way. Sometimes your teacher will require you to read complex literary texts or analyse the grammar in a passage, which you may find challenging. But like any other exam, you can prepare for this type of testing and do very well if you practise and understand what they are asking you to do.

You should see this not as Latin itself, but as a new skill that you are acquiring alongside it: you are learning the language and learning to think about languages and literature!

The disc thrower, Venus or Aphrodite and Mercury or Hermes
The Classics, but not as you know them!

Myth 3: Latin is dead

Yes and No - in fact, more No than Yes! Technically a dead language is one with no community of native speakers left, which is the case of Latin. However, that does not mean that it is extinct. Latin is alive and well in our cultural life, and it lives on through the languages has contributed to or, more specifically, become!

This is just a short list of all the places where you will be finding Latin:

  1. in Classical literature as well as in works written in Latin well into the 21st century

  2. in media, including modern films and series

  3. in historical texts, including key works of science and literature

  4. as part of the background needed to study the Christian faith across time and space

  5. in archives and libraries

  6. as part of international scientific vocabulary

  7. when you learn other languages, particularly Romance languages

Do you want to have a little Latin taster online? Get in touch with me for a free consultation.

Pop a question in the comments if you still have doubts about what learning Latin involves. I will make sure you get some information back!

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