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Topic: Latin
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Robert Hansen

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Latin
Posted: Dec 18, 2017 11:09 AM
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This is not math related, but it is in a way. My son is taking Latin (2nd year) and I am rather disappointed. I was expecting there to be more sentence translation, although I must admit, I looked into it a bit deeper, and it turns out to be quite difficult to take actual (classical) latin text and translate it into English and it not be mostly gibberish. When Latin was more popular (50 years ago?), was it taught at a deeper level and for many more years? It does not seem to be a language that you can simply "translate". You almost have to live it to be any good at it. I would say that he is getting some insight into grammar, but if his class isn't able to read latin, I can't see that being much insight. Or is "reading" latin something much more advanced than what "taking latin in high school" was?

Bob



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