Jonathan Crabtree posted Mar 14, 2013 12:17 PM: > Dear GSC > > Thank you for your reply. > > Just as you wished you had learnt Sanskrit I wish I > had learnt Latin. > > Even though a lot of my time is invested with Greek > mathematics, Latin and Sanskrit are perhaps the two > greatest academic languages. > > I am lucky to have found translations from Sanskrit > to English online for the books written by: > - - Aryabhata (Aryabhatiya) > - - Brahmagupta (Brahmasphuta-siddhantas) and > - - Bhaskara II (Lilavati). > > Best wishes, > Jonathan Crabtree > Remarkably enough, I did very early on once have a year of Latin ("Amo, amas, amare, amavi, amatum", if I remember rightly!) when I had spent a year at a Jesuit school.
I must confess that it was a terrible bore for me those days - but I do believe it has considerably helped me with whatever skills I may now possess to understand/express myself in English.
I further believe that both Latin and Sanskrit would be most useful for many of us to learn - but the way they are taught and learned has to be changed very significantly. I doubt that this point of view will find much purchase amongst pedagogues at all!