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Latin fun fact

Latin is a descendant of the ancient Proto-Indo-European language, but it's most widely known as the language of Ancient Rome and the philosophers and conquerors that came from that region of the world. Learn More

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learn Latin?

 

About the Latin language

Latin is a descendant of the ancient Proto-Indo-European language, but it's most widely known as the language of Ancient Rome and the philosophers and conquerors that came from that region of the world.

Improve your communication skills with Latin

If you learn Latin today you'll build a foundation for understanding Romance languages, like French, Italian, and Portuguese, and you'll better understand English. Why is that? Romance languages are derivations of what is called Vulgar Latin, or sermo vulgi ("the speech of the masses"), which was the colloquial, or patois Latin used by the working class of ancient Rome. This was the unwritten form of the Latinized languages spoken by the Italo-Celtic peoples that were governed by the Romans. As the Roman Empire rolled through Western Europe, it carried with it its formal Latin, which then branched out into the Romance languages we know today—Romance languages referring to the languages that arose out of Rome, not to the language of lovers.

Contemporary uses for Latin

There's been a resurrection of interest in learning Latin, thanks to the help of Pope Francis, of all people. Since he joined Twitter in 2012, his tweets have gone out to millions of Twitter members around the world in different languages, including Latin. That feed alone has over 275,000 followers. Aside from the papal influence, Latin is still the go-to language for the creation of new words in Romance languages and in English, and it's most specifically used in biological terminology.

Fun fact about the Latin language

In vino veritas ("In wine there is truth") is a well-known Latin phrase that rings true today and forever will. Versions of the saying are found in many languages, including Russian, Что у трезвого на уме, то у пьяного на языке ("What a sober man has in his mind, the drunk one has on his tongue"); Persian, مستی و راستی ("With drunkenness comes the truth"); and Chinese, 酒後吐真言 ("After wine blurts truthful speech").