Latin is important to learn for many reasons, but especially because it helps linguistic skills and understanding, and it teaches students a method of learning that will complement any subject.
Latin is not really a dead language; it is simply hidden well in many other languages that go by different names.
- Because Latin is a systematic language, it trains the mind to learn in a systematic way.
- Over 80% of English has Latin and Greek roots and over 50% has strictly Latin roots.
- English vocabulary tests reveal that students of Latin score higher than students of other foreign languages.
The precision of the Latin language also requires the student to hone the skills of observation, comparison, and generalization.