Remember when we said that “Classical” applied to anything we believe to be
excellent for all? Well, Latin is a Classical Language that is still applicable today in many
ways you probably never thought about.
How about the field of science or law? All those medical terms that you can’t pronounce
are Latin or Greek (another Classical language) words. For example, pro re nata is a
commonly used term in the medical field meaning “when necessary”; there are
pro re nata medications that are administered only as needed. One will commonly hear
Latin words in a courtroom as well. Quid pro quo (a service has been traded) and
affidavit (he has sworn) are legal terms.
Additionally, many, many English words contain Latin and Greek roots. A knowledge of
these roots can aid a student in deciphering literally hundreds of word meanings. Latin is
also the basis for the romance languages (Ex: French, Italian, Spanish) and the
Teutonic languages (Ex: German, Dutch, English, Scandinavian.) Think of the
vocabulary such a student might develop! And, learning Latin first makes the study of
other related languages much easier and might even convince a young person to take
up a couple more.