Latin may not be a commonly spoken language but its roots, prefixes and suffixes constitute 60 percent of all English words, and many of its terms are still used in philosophy, medicine, biology, religion, government and law. Latin’s online presence is also alive and well. Use the Learning Latin Web Guide to take advantage of the literacy-building attributes of Latin, to better understand the use of Latin in daily life and to find valuable resources for educators.Educators: Sign up for our education newsletter.
Learning Latin can help you improve your English and give you a strong foundation in language acquisition that will in turn help you learn French, Italian, Romanian and other languages. Basic Latin can get you started and provide a strong foundation for beginners.
- There are a number of free translation sites on the Web but these are best for translating single words or very short phrases, not full texts.
- Many of the sites included below are personal sites run by Latin teachers or enthusiasts. These sites’ accurate and helpful information compensates for what some of them lack in design.
You can’t travel back to Ancient Rome, but you can study classical Latin in the forms that you’ll encounter it in today: in commonly used phrases (for example, semper fi and carpe diem) and written prose and poetry. Learn where and how to practice conversational and advanced Latin online.
- Latin is still used in the Vatican and in some Roman Catholic ceremonies. Your best bet to hear Latin spoken in a natural setting is to find a local Catholic church that gives a traditional Latin mass. The findingDulcinea Catholicism Web Guide recommends Web sites that can help you find one.
Teachers of Latin impart knowledge of not only an ancient language, but of students’ own languages and the way language works in general. Many resources for teaching Latin are available on the Web to help you make the most of this unique opportunity.
- If your students are wondering why they should study a “dead language,” tell them that students of Latin have higher average SAT scores than students of Spanish, French or German, and that many college admissions officers are impressed by students who choose to take Latin.
- FindingDulcinea usually avoids recommending sites that are mere directories of links to outside sources. In our education guides we make exceptions to this rule to provide teachers with more options for lesson plans and student activities. Teachers should approach directories with caution and evaluate outside links before using them in the classroom.