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Dear All Concerned,
Please Forgive if my title has any mistakes in it, seeing as it is my first year studying Latin, but I just wanted to throw something out there:
Does anyone else study Latin? And if so, has it effected you in a Positive or negative Way and why?
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I studied Latin for around six years, but it's been around nine years since I've had any (and in the meantime picked up the derivative Spanish and Italian, which mix the Latin up nicely). It will benefit your word recognition in English and the main Latin derivative languages, which in varying degrees resemble their source/one of their sources. It is an excellent base for learning those languages. Other than that, learning any language is good for vocabulary and is useful to some degrees.
Plus, you do have the group of people who think they're smarter than the average bear because they've learned Latin. So you could do that if you like, even though I think they're a bit silly.
When I started secondary school about 11 years ago it did Latin. I took it for 5 years and got a GCSE in it. I actually found it quite interesting, shame it got faded out.
I took latin in highschool; but i didnt do very good cause i would always sleep in class.
Tip; always sit behind a fat kid, then you can put your head down and sleep and the teacher will never see you.:rofl:z
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My Latin teacher would sing "Rawhide" at school pep rallies. And he would hold a pencil in front of him with both hands and jump over it. He was a character, all right.
I enjoyed studying it, but I'm a word nerd. I read books on word origins for fun. It does help with understanding roots for many English words, though English is actually a Germanic language.
He was a fun, quirky teacher, but the years of teaching smart-ass teenagers apparently began to take a toll on him. His temper became shorter and shorter, and he would irrationally lash out at students for minor misbehaviors. The stories I heard about him after I graduated made it seem that he was continuing his downward trend. Too bad, but I can still hear him singing, "Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'. Keep them doggies rollin', RAWHIDE!" And he'd make a whip-cracking motion. A riot, I tell you, a regular riot.
Learning Medical Latin is part of my education, but doctors only use very specific terms and phrases for anatomical structures and physiological conditions, so I wouldn’t be able to read a common Latin text at all.
However, Medical Latin is a lot more detailed than my native language, so it’s absolutely essential for diagnostic and descriptive purposes. The only problem lies in memorising the correct terms out of any helpful context, usually some 2,000 words and phrases in total, which must become an integrated part of one’s vocabulary in a very short time.
Since English is my second language and Latin only my fifth, I usually find my English proficiency helpful in deciphering Latin rather than the other way around, even if a given word is actually of Latin origin. However, native speakers will probably find the etymological relation useful for literary studies, as David mentions above.
I’d like to learn ‘real’ Latin one day, though, if only so I can use proper Latin in my 40k fluff fiction like the Black Library authors. For now my poor Blood Ravens are stuck with ‘scientia est potentia’ until someone posts a better list of Latin quotes online.
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