3 Reasons to Study Latin (for Normal People, Not Language Geeks)

Aaand action! Latin – it’s the language of science, medicine,
the legal profession… These reasons just feel kind of tired to me. Well, the same reasons that everybody else uses. Yeah, they are.
Can i actually just take the camera with me look, I could tell you that studying latin will
set you up to learn the Romance languages or give you a base of
knowledge for fine arts and literature I can tell you that you’ll be able to read
Latin on old buildings him state mottos or that reading Cicero and Virgil in the
original is defiantly beautiful all those things are true but I’m not gonna
tell them to you again you’ve already seen those in hundreds of YouTube videos
and latin book introductions and homeschool magazine articles and chances
are if you’re not already a latin enthusiast you don’t care The real reason to study Latin, the reason number one is latin will make you
better at language acquisition now why is language acquisition
important? Well, language acquisition is the skill of learning other skills. Let me repeat that Language acquisition will give you the mental habits
you can use to learn any other skill. See, different languages are different modes of
thinking. We’ve all heard of those words that can’t be translated into English
because the concept is too different from how English speakers think.
Words like Sombremesa. That’s Spanish for the time after a meal when the food is gone
but the conversation is still flowing. Or Itsuarpok: Inuit for the anxiety
that comes with waiting for someone to show up – checking the windows, going
outside, checking your phone – to see if they’re here. and Pisan Zapra: Malay for
the amount of time it takes to eat a banana. Thoughts themselves are formed
differently in different languages. Didn’t those words make you think differently
about the things they described? The act of learning a language or even a single
foreign word is the act of learning to think in a new way. Now the same things
going on when you learn real-world skills, and not just skills
that directly involve language like computer programming. Merriam-webster
defines language as: words,their pronunciation and methods of combining
them used and understood by a community. Well, you’re entering a community every
time you learn a new profession, learn a new hobby, learn to understand the
emotional needs of very young people, learn to understand the emotional needs
of big people who have a different personality type than you, interact with
historians or philosophers, interact with the writers of cookbooks, or gardening
books, or even writers of software. Each one of those skills requires you to pick
up a new mode of thinking – to think thoughts along new lines or in new
colors. And the skill of learning how to build new lines of thought is language
acquisition. But why Latin? Why not French or Spanish
or JavaScript? a lot of students say: I don’t want to study Latin because Latin
is dead. Now, I could be pedantic and say that Latin never died it evolved into
modern languages. Or I could be insufferable and say Latin’s not dead, it’s “Roman” around. but more to the
point that would be like a medical student saying: I don’t want to study
this cadaver. This cadaver is dead. Or an auto mechanics student saying:
I don’t want to study this internal combustion engine. This internal combustion engine
is turned off. If you’re studying language acquisition you want a stationary target and classical Latin hasn’t moved in fifteen hundred years And you might be thinking “learning new
modes of thinking isn’t that enticing, can’t you give me another reason?” Well I
could tell you that learning Latin will expand your English vocabulary and help
you understand Shakespeare and influence culture and get paid more in the
workplace. I could tell you that the great minds of English literature have all
studied Latin, along with modern-day song writers, authors, CEOs, star athletes, and
politicians – but I won’t. And Icertainly won’t tell you that literacy
in a foreign language is just a good thing in general – again all those things
may be true, but if you don’t speak Latin already, then Floccos non facis. What I will tell you is Latin will make you better at speaking English. For a lot of
students studying English grammar seems boring and pointless- and that is not
their fault. See, to speak English in everyday situations you don’t use a
conscious knowledge of English grammar You’ve been using concepts like tense and
subject verb agreement since you were three. Your conscious mind is so far over
them that in most of life you don’t need to know their names to use them well.
So when you do study English grammar, which is important for a creative writing,
essay writing, professional writing, it feels difficult and redundant because
it’s difficult to analyze something you can already use intuitively – like
teaching your kids to drive. Learning another language will give you
perspective – from inside one language, it’s hard to conceive of words as
“carriers of meaning.” 99 times out of 100 you’re just using the word AS the
meaning – the word and the meeting become synonymous. You’re unavoidably blind to
the limitations – and the strengths – of your native meaning carrying system – your
language – until you test drive a new one. But once you have access to more than
one language you have the objectivity to think about how the words are doing
their job and if they could be doing it better. Suddenly you’re able to think about how
thoughts are expressed in language in the abstract Without being bound to how they happen to be expressed in your native tongue which will help you express thoughts more precisely IN your native tongue. Okay, but why Latin? What is it about
Latin that teaches English grammar better than any other language? Well
English is a hybrid language – or a Germanic language with a hybrid
vocabulary – different people describe it different ways. To oversimplify history a
little, the Celts got invaded by the Romans, and the Romans
got kicked out by the Saxons and Angles. Then the anglo-saxons got taken over by
the French, who were speaking their own evolved form of Latin, and all the
kerfuffle, English ends up with two halves: Germanic words which basically
express concrete, everyday realities – house, man, woman, kine, and swine – and
Latinate words: multi-syllables that express abstract realities – masculinity,
femininity, virtue, republic, liberty. Basically the Germanic half is the salt
of the earth farmer and the Latinate half is his upscale wife… who I guess he
carried off as the Romans were retreating, to go with the metaphor. Each half has completely different root
words, pronunciation rules, and spelling rules. Students learn the Germanic
half of English when they study phonics, but take a look at democracy, Democratic,
and Democrat. Why do we emphasize different syllables in each of those
words? There’s nothing in phonics that prepares you for that! Well, that’s
because those words are Latinate and phonics only teaches you the Germanic
half of English. So what’s the system for learning the Latinate side of English?
studying Latin. And that Latinate side is so important. If you know a Germanic word like father then you also know words like fatherly and fatherhood. But
if you know a Latin word like “pater,” then you also know If you know the Germanic word death then you also
know the words dead, deadened, deadly deathly, but if you know the Latin word
“mors,” then you know you know, because you’ll be
paying until you die Now I won’t bother to tell you that being a better English
speaker is going to improve your SAT scores and your college papers. It will
but those aren’t good enough reasons. If those are your reasons for studying
Latin forget about it. The real reason to study Latin – the only
reason – is it’s going to make you smarter and wiser. Learning a language – paying
attention to the details, looking for patterns, memorizing vocabulary – they’re
all wax on wax off disciplines that develop your brain. Learning any foreign
language is like solving a puzzle, but with Latin it’s Sudoku: you’re making
conjectures based on easily identifiable patterns. In Latin it’s not uncommon for
one word to be untranslatable without reference to every other word in the
sentence – Latin trains you to conceptualize one thing in the context
of many things and to see the connections between all of them. That’s a
mental habit that’s going to have far-reaching applications as you study
politic, economics, engineering, music, astronomy, home repair, crying kids, or
anything else in life. Not only that but by the time you’re
translating actual literature, you’re going to be taking the literal translation – the “what does the text say” – and running that through the grammatical big picture
and the cultural backdrop to arrive at the real translation – “what does the text
mean.” Studying Latin is going to grow you in big picture and small picture
thinking and give you the dexterity to move back and forth between both.
Now as we saw in reason number two, Latin is the most structured of languages. Roman words follow rank-and-file like Roman soldiers. And what people don’t realize – the Latin
naysayers and the students when the studying gets difficult – is that Latin (or
any subject) is not just about information but also formation. It forms
your mind into an image of itself. You’ve heard the maxim you are what you eat. Well, in the same way your mind becomes like what you spend your time thinking about.
And that FORMATIVE aspect of any subject is as important or more important than
the information it imparts. The study of literature teaches compassion for the
human condition, the study of history teaches objectivity and perspective, and
the study of Latin teaches logic, order, discipline, structure, precision. Suffice
it to say Latin is an almost totally consistent system, making it less like a
language itself and more like an exercise for learning the skill of
learning. And all that adds up to this: knowing another language allows you
to express thoughts in your own language you never could have come up with, and
Latin – because it’s structured and predictable, because it’s the other half
of English, and because it’s not evolving any more – works those benefits into your
brain better than any other language. (Except for Greek or Hebrew but you’d have
to learn to new alphabet) Hey, I think I actually got them all And that’s it!
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  1. Patrick Hodson

    February 20, 2019 at 2:30 am

    1:27 there’s no M before the B in “sobremesa”
    (Sobre comes from supra in Latin, btw)

  2. Truth Righteousness Justice

    February 20, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    THIS was the explanation i was looking for!!!!

  3. Puff Dragon

    February 20, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Learning a second language is a great thing, but Latin is probably not the best choice. Number one would be the international language of the world — which is English. Please don't accuse me of language-chauvinism. It's a fact that English will get you farther than any other second language. The number two language to learn would depend on what country you live in, because that determines how many second-language speakers you get to speak with and practice you speaking skills with. In the United States, that would be Spanish. You can meet far, far more Spanish-speaking people than anything else. But if you live in India, you already speak English and Hindi, so your third language should probably not be Latin. It would have no value.

  4. Ben Quinney

    February 21, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Language skills

  5. John StJohn

    February 22, 2019 at 5:23 am

    My father studied Latin in high school. It was a required course. He was born in 1910. I asked him what use a dead language could be, and he said, “it teaches you how to think.” You were much more comprehensive and eloquent, but you basically said the same thing. I think we should bring Latin back into our schools. Thinking seems to be something a lot of people have trouble with today. Thank you for your excellent video. I’m going watch it a few more times.

  6. Mind Milk D20

    February 22, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Spends most of the time telling you what he won’t tell you. Shallow trick.

  7. Diana Lopez

    February 23, 2019 at 5:49 am

    I have been studying Latin for two years and is all truth! When I started to study in the United States it was easier to study any material because each one of them have patterns that are easily predictable.

  8. Angelo Reyes

    February 25, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Even though I'm not english in any sort of way ( native tongue, blood etc. ) Learning latin for one year in high school and then half a year after that as an etymology nut ( basically I like to know what each part of the word means and its origins ) has drastically improved my knowledge of English and my pronunciation "instincts" when encountering a new word or a new form of a word.

  9. F MS

    February 25, 2019 at 4:36 am

    i remembering spending hours of my youth trying to teach myself latin. the skills were invaluable. my aim was to read all classic lit in the original languages. this has resparked that fire…"the mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited"… plutarch from memory

  10. Kevin Byrne

    February 25, 2019 at 5:21 am

    I'm re-learning Latin because I'm interested in the history of science, medicine, math, and engineering. Early work in these subjects was written in Latin. For example, it was a surprise to learn that "water hammer" (the banging-clanging sound that your washing machine makes as it opens and closes water valves during its operation) was known to Vitruvius, a Roman architect and civil engineer.

  11. Sam Paonni

    February 27, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Excellent video. Well done.

  12. DJ Trevi

    February 27, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    I had to take a Latin class in college! It helped with my grammar, and language skills. It helped my English grammar. Learning Català help me read and understand French, Italian and Spanish because it's consistent.

  13. Carlos Woldemar García Rebisch

    February 28, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Great video, holy molly is it good.

  14. David Christian

    March 3, 2019 at 1:31 am

    "Not Language Geeks" why not? :/

  15. Cicolas Nage

    March 3, 2019 at 9:33 am

    ye, screw learning a language spoken in the every day, i need one with barely any speakers left!
    (i still need German for when i move to Austria though)

  16. Baked Utah

    March 4, 2019 at 4:32 am

    Nope, I don’t buy it. He’s not wrong about the good things you get from Latin, but they’re not the slam dunk he’s making them out to be. For an English speaker, learning any inflected language can be profound, but German gives you that. And it also lets you speak to Germans! Oh but German is alive and therefore a moving target? Good! Languages move, so roll with it. And by the way, would you like to be treated by a surgeon who had studied only cadavers? But OK, you insist we want something dead — then how about Sanskrit? Deader than Pliny and has the huge benefit of opening us up to Eastern thought, and getting our heads out of our Western, Greco-Roman arses for a wee while. And when it comes to modes of thinking, it’s the bee’s knees. Vedic mathematics, and memorization! And the vast edifice of introspective methods coming out of Buddhism and the like.

    No, that was a good effort to enhance the reasons for learning Latin, but it’s still underselling it, primarily because the same benefits, perhaps with different weightings, arise from learning languages other than the big L. But there is a reason, and an overwhelming one at that, as to why one might want to choose Latin over all the other options. It may not apply to everyone, but for some people there is really only one choice, and Latin is it. For people who want this particular benefit, Latin, and only Latin will do. And it is this:

    Learning Latin lets you read stuff that was written IN LATIN! And let’s you read it IN LATIN!

    Sure sure, Latin helps your brain, bla, bla. But more important, it is a code-breaking amulet! It’s a Babel Fish! And, crucially, the stuff it gives you access to is some of the most important writing in the history of our planet!

    [Edit, 2029-03-17: “Vedic mathematics” appears to be fluff and nonsense;; a 20th century invention to advance some religious agenda and to fool the unwary, like me! 😤]

  17. sirati97

    March 5, 2019 at 11:52 am

    I am already multilingual and known lots of linguistics

  18. Tomás Leão M. Sevaybricker

    March 5, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    how are you every voice in every single old-timey commercial ever?

  19. G. Confa

    March 9, 2019 at 4:24 am

    I don't see pimps and red necks learning Latin. Sorry.

  20. xamo

    March 11, 2019 at 10:16 am

    The Latin is a satanic language imposed by Satanic System to build all other languages and bring them and those people closer to satan. Latin actually means let In/let Satan in , in yourself.

  21. Nim Boo

    March 11, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    So many half-jew dorks walking around, these days.

    Where are all the masculine Gentile White males?

  22. nobody is here

    March 12, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    wisdom. you got me here.

  23. Timothy Edward

    March 12, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    I actually wanted to learn latin because of history…. wanted to see how the romans saw the world….

  24. Larry F

    March 12, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    I was a language major in college and graduated in the 1970s but I do want to make a rant here about curriculum. The way it works is that after a few years, when you are good enough to read the language, the whole focus is literature. I think this has very little value, having read Latin, Russian and Spanish literture in the original and in translation, I find it is always better to read them in your native language. And yes, there are a few individual works that lose a lot in translation, but generally not enough to struggle with a language you don't have native fluency in. In my opinion, once you learn a language, the next step is to learn their culture and history and how they see or saw the world. This will help you speaking the language.

  25. Mars

    March 13, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Are the words thou, thee, thy etc latin?

  26. joewhlm

    March 15, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Interesting that for almost 2000 years the Roman Catholic Mass was in Latin before Vatican 2. Just something to ponder.

  27. Dhdhdjdj Dhdhdh

    March 16, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Lol as a foreigner I'm absolutely flabbergasted that Latin is held in such high esteem in the United States no it's not some perfect language the only reason you would possibly want to read it is so that you can read the original writings it's an absolute waste of time otherwise no it does not help with the romance languages learning the romance languages helps with the romance languages yes they evolved from Latin but they have changed to a degree where they are mutually unintelligible as for the idea that Latin helps with English this is complete and utter nonsense English is a germanic language repeat after me germanic language and therefore it's grammar is completely different from Latin it is a strong verbs and weak verbs we don't have these in Latin save yourself a lot of trouble learn New testament Greek if you're one of these religious types and then you'll also be able to speak modern Greek as well with a little bit of adjustment if you want to learn Latin to read the latin literature then go ahead otherwise it's a complete waste of time

  28. Dhdhdjdj Dhdhdh

    March 16, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    No Latin is not some elite language it was taught 4 years and English schools it's just a joke over here classical Greek is considered hard

  29. Dhdhdjdj Dhdhdh

    March 16, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    there is one reason and one reason only why one would learn Latin and it is to read the literature in that subject the fact that Latin teachers haven't actually cottoned on to this is one of the most shocking examples of why their subject is dying I honestly can't even believe it as it is literally the only reason why you would learn that language the only reason. Jesus Christ!

  30. Dhdhdjdj Dhdhdh

    March 16, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Latin is for gay boys

  31. William Pawson

    March 22, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Latin's a dead language, as dead as it can be…. it killed the ancient Romans, and NOW it's killing me.

  32. Drexel Mildraff

    March 24, 2019 at 10:52 am

    What a terrific video! Incredibly well done and persuasive (and entertaining). Thanks for putting it together. Hope it's successful. Many decades ago, it was common for students to study Latin in high school (and some even studied ancient Greek), which is probably why people were capable of better criticial thinking back then than they are today even though today the average person spends many more years in school. We are graduating dimwits from college now. This didn't happen before 1960.

  33. Trish Brown

    March 25, 2019 at 9:47 am

    You left out the most important reason! It's FUN!!! 😀

  34. Curtis

    March 29, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Awesome video! I will be showing this to my kids. Excellent explanation…my interest in learning latin has just quadrupled. Thanks!

  35. Bobby Siecker

    April 8, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    The thing about knowing more then one language to better be able to express yourself applies to all language though. Even a language like Dutch, arguably one of the closest related languages to English next to Frisian, has slight differences in it's vocabulary in a way that some English words simply cannot be translated into Dutch with their meaning intact. Notably, the word "Happy" in English does not have a counterpart in dutch that conveys exactly the same "feeling". It's usually translated as "blij" or "gelukkig". But "blij" means "happy" in a lighter sense. it's more temporary, more frivolous. While the word "gelukkig" is more weighty, a more enduring kind of happiness, more profound, more philosophical. You kind of could say that "blij" is the kind of happiness you experience while drinking with your buddies, while "gelukkig" is the kind of happiness the Buddha achieves while reaching nirvana.

    And that's just English and Dutch, 2 languages and cultures that basically held hands for their entire existence… consider for example some native american languages where the word for "father" is equally applicable to your biological father and your biological father's brother. Showing off a completely different way of looking at family relations in these cultures.

  36. WhiteCamry

    April 10, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Democracy, Democratic and Democrat @ 7:19 – 7:25 are Hellenic, not Latinate.

  37. Paulos Elias

    April 10, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Dramatic…I like this

  38. Iyomante

    April 11, 2019 at 7:59 am

    3 reasons to learn to speak latin
    1: Audi famam illius

  39. Dino Helmefalk

    April 12, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    one minute in, I knew this would be a great video. Tank you so much.

  40. Helen Trope

    April 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Don't call it Latn. It's Latin.

  41. Livious Gameplay

    April 17, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    He could tell us many things.

  42. sleepete12

    April 20, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    ok, I am intrigued but as a non-native english speaker (I am Czech), does learning the latin really helps me to be better at everything else 🙂 Yes, I agree, that reading and writing (and thinking) in different language changes the way you think (obviously) but I would not say that I am smarter because of that…. Btw. I learned english from watching sitcoms like Big Bang theory, movies and reading technical books and articles – necessity for an IT guy – so yes, I know programming languagues too 🙂 But I never studied an english grammar – I know only basics but it really seems to be enough for day to day usage – I cannot write a novel with my skill as of now of course, but… Btw. how the ancient greek stands in comparison?

  43. ωσlғιε

    April 25, 2019 at 12:21 am

    still, no thx

  44. ωσlғιε

    April 25, 2019 at 12:22 am

    I can't use it

  45. ambi wallace

    April 25, 2019 at 1:11 am

    I wanted to start when I was a teenager, but was told to study spanish and I just couldn't get into it. It has stayed with me my whole life of wanting to learn it. So i now have had a window to fully devote time and start a new job. So what better time? I'm 35, starting a new language, enjoy writing, and deep research as well. Each year in life is a new adventure! Happy Discoveries!!!! 🙂

  46. fiveways bath

    April 26, 2019 at 2:50 am

    What's with the god bless you bit..?

  47. G- Name

    April 28, 2019 at 10:14 am

    But the same things can be said about other languages that have the added benefit of letting you communicate with new people?

  48. Mohammed Kayed

    April 28, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    This video is creative af man

  49. Mohammed Kayed

    April 28, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    This video should have millions of views

  50. OhUiginn1697

    May 1, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    I had to learn Latin now for many years and for me it is still not usefull for anything. It is definitly one of the most useless things i was ever forced to learn. I wish i could have used the time to learn a real language instead.

  51. Maria Wright

    May 8, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Loved this! Thank you for updating ccs look with the video and making latin sound more interesting!!!

  52. sou troxa e deixo email aberto

    May 9, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    I have never seen a so detrailed and good video about reasons to study latin. Thank you so much, it helped me a lot!

  53. Eamon Short

    May 14, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Should I be learning classical or eclesiastical ? I'm very new to this. Also shocked that a channel with legit production value is so small

  54. Jose David 1507

    May 16, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    English: Internet language
    French: Laws language
    Spanish: Literature language
    Latin: medicine, science, history, religion language

  55. Harry Ford

    May 16, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Latin spoken in an American accent like that is truly barbaric.

  56. Charshii

    May 17, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Looks like I’m studying Latin now

  57. Nathanael Kuechenberg

    May 18, 2019 at 2:08 am

    ‏למה לא עברית?

    Έληνικη αγαθός έστιν…

  58. Nathanael Kuechenberg

    May 18, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Linguam Latinam amo et mihi disco. Non difficultus est necesse. Lingua haec nempe res alteros habeat, sed non finis mundi fiat. Tempus dicibat.

  59. Şeyma Özdemir

    May 20, 2019 at 1:42 am

    The power of your arguments implies that you've already learned Latin 🙂

  60. Homeschool Now USA

    May 20, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    This is a fun video – who knew Latin could be fun!

  61. Winnifred Forbes

    May 21, 2019 at 3:30 am

    He's also very cute!

  62. Winnifred Forbes

    May 21, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Who is this guy? I hope he's a teacher. He's brilliant!

  63. Topics

    May 21, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Make Latin alive again!

  64. FoxyDevonLady

    May 26, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    There's an Innuit word for the anxiety caused by waiting for someone? Looking out of the windows and checking your watch? How cool is that! I thought I was the only person in the universe to do that. Mind, I do have some Innuit in my DNA, lol.

  65. Ettore Morabito

    May 29, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Slithering snake language!Doesn't exist but it is there to bite you!

  66. Jacques Forêt

    May 29, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Your voice makes me weak in the legs…

  67. Emily Miller

    May 29, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    10:49 Latin is an almost totally consistent system

  68. Anglish Bookcraft

    May 31, 2019 at 10:32 am

    I think we need to study old English more than latin to further English wordstock.

  69. Henrich von Schwanz

    June 2, 2019 at 9:05 am

    What a good quality. When I finished watching it I thought there's a million or more views, but sadly extremely less. The way you explain and express is really easy and understandable

  70. Maverick Hunter K

    June 3, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Non latinized English be like: "I fuxk u wif"

  71. Muhammad al-Khwarizmi

    June 3, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    I'm willing to believe some of the cognitive benefits but there is really no evidence that skills generalize this broadly. It's like chess.

  72. Sergio Mallorga

    June 4, 2019 at 7:35 am

    The correct Spanish word is not "sombremesa", but sobremesa, which literally means over the table.

  73. Doggo

    June 5, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    I’m better at English than a lot of people online I know, this is because I wasn’t subjected to it before I was around 8 – 9 or something, as I am from Norway. As you explained I don’t really care about Norwegian grammar because I was speaking it since I was like 3 and now it’s boring.

  74. Little man

    June 8, 2019 at 11:53 pm







  75. Baelfyer

    June 18, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    I was going to say something about Latin only being a third of English, not a half, and Greek being another third (being the source of many of the words you used in this video such as democracy and logic). Greek is also the language of medicine. But you covered it just fine there at the end. 😀

    Thank you for this fantastic video. I learned Greek last year (I was actually in an intensive Greek class the day you posted this video) and I have been wanting to learn Latin next. I found this video and watched it with my wife to convince her to learn Latin with me, and you did a wonderful job. Thank you so much, and I hope you inspired many others to commit to the incredibly rewarding process of learning an ancient inflected language.

  76. Drexel Mildraff

    June 22, 2019 at 2:59 am

    Found this video so persuasive that I started studying Latin myself. I'm an adult who hasn't been to school for years. Latin was not offered in my high school even though I lived in a middle class suburban community. I always wanted to learn it though. Also noticed long ago that people who studied Latin have a superior command of English. It makes you seem more educated because you ARE more educated if you study it (I have graduate degrees in more than one field, and I still think it can be helpful). Keep up the good work in encouraging classical education. You're performing a valuable service.

  77. BARBATUS 89

    June 25, 2019 at 2:50 am

    No one should be forced to learn what they don't need regardless of how many perks it has.
    Nonetheless, I LOVE Latin. Forcing someone to learn something might make them hate the subject, especially if taught poorly. I did a video on how school is wrong; the STATVS QVO.

  78. Sophia Munari

    July 1, 2019 at 4:47 am

    Love this guy's energy.

  79. Philip Buckley

    July 1, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    wow…to me…this is pure gibberish….what is your point….

  80. Joan Bautista

    July 3, 2019 at 1:14 am

    This's so cool

  81. Leah Bowlby

    July 10, 2019 at 3:13 am

    I'm going to start showing this video to people who ask me why I went through two years of Latin.

  82. artawhirler

    July 12, 2019 at 3:33 am

    What a great video! Thanks!

  83. uwu CLASSICK YT

    July 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Latin is gonna teach me more words? Sick, I can be a better rapper

  84. Shea Cole

    July 18, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    hahaha this is fantastic!

  85. pain absorber

    July 19, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    This video is FUCKING UNDERRATED

  86. Welther47

    July 22, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Could you just stay in one place!

  87. Bobby Siecker

    July 22, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Well, I'm a native Dutch speaker, fluent in English as a second language and reasonably capable in German… I suppose it's time for me to take a linguistical trip to the other side of the Limes.

  88. Mehmet Filiz

    July 23, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    My jaw is on the table still

  89. Crypto Bargains.

    July 25, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Great Video!

  90. Muffinnz

    July 30, 2019 at 5:25 am

    So if i learn german and latin i can become an all-knowing english speaking god? Id be quad-lingual by then, right now i am a english-polish speaker

  91. My fish Drowned

    July 31, 2019 at 7:49 am


  92. Tupac Shakur

    August 3, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Also the most encrypted languaged.

  93. klaus ehrhardt

    August 3, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    It holds not only for English, but even more for romance native speakers as myself: if you study latin and read the classics (of both, of course), you will be good to go without even taking a grammar book in hands. Think of the classical period of the greeks: they firts thought on grammar (in the restricted modern sense) one century after Aristotle and his categoria.

  94. Ricardo Rengifo Junior

    August 15, 2019 at 10:08 am

    This was literally the fucking best, i feel I’m in love with latin and i havent even learned it yet, this explanation was what i would hope would happen when you learn latin, <3

  95. Poly Glotypus

    August 17, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    i died at 3:21

  96. Trevor Stolz

    August 24, 2019 at 6:07 am

    I have studied both Latin and Greek. I loved Latin in high school. Greek is also interesting but since we all have time constraints, I think Greek is a better option for Christian families. Why? Well … The New Testament was written in Greek. There is a Greek translation of the Old Testament, the Greek Septuagint which was translated 400 years before Christ if I remember correctly. While the Greek Septuagint – the Old Testament in Greek – is not the authoritative Hebrew, I have read that because Jewish scribes translated it from Hebrew into Greek, when modern scholars aren't entirely sure how the Hebrew should be translated, the consult the Greek Septuagint to see how Jewish scribes thought it should have been translated from Hebrew into Greek. There seem, however, to be "plays on words" between the Greek New Testament and the Septuagint. For example, when Jesus was on the cross and declared, "It is finished" he the Greek New Testament uses the same Greek verb as "finished" in the book of Genesis in the creation account. In other words, by offering himself up as a sacrifice, Jesus was bringing forth a new world (order ?). There is another reason for learning regular classical Greek – not "New Testament Greek" if you want to read the new testament in Greek. Here's an example. If you learn "New Testament Greek", you will learn that "kosmos" means world. Great. Aren't you smart. However, if you learn regular classical Greek, you will also learn "kosmeticos" (decorated), "kosmeo" (adorn or decorate or put into good order, i.e. clean up), etc. The world "kosmos" is God's decorated, adorned, well ordered place. You won't learn the related words studying New Testament Greek because they don't appear in the New Testament. One more thing, scientific writing uses a lot of fancy words. Good literature often uses simple words but lots of allegory, allusions, metaphors, etc. The bible in Latin (The Vulgate) or the bible in Greek are both very easy to read! Reading classical writers is much harder! I think God providentially uses simple language but lots of allegory, symbolism, allusions, etc. Some pastors love to go on about how complicated Greek is and English doesn't it do it justice, etc. Well …. a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. If you learn Greek of Latin, you will see, reading the bible is very easy.

  97. Ioannes Oculus

    August 28, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    All these 3 are IMHO not good reasons to learn Latin. You can learn any language with attention to grammar to achieve the same. In addition, you'll be able to communicate with other people in the country of the language. I achieved it by learning English. The really good reason is to be able to communicate with those who used (and those who still use) Latin in their lives. All the authors who created their works since the Romans up to our times. Translations are just a substitute for real communication. People learn languages because they want to read (watch, understand) their favourite things in the original language. Most of European history, science, literature happened in Latin. You don't even need to become an expert in grammar to enjoy and/or use them. I read, watch etc. English things without thinking about grammar or the dictionary definitions of the words I come across. I enjoy German TV series Wilsberg without thinking about the cases. Not to mention my mother tongue Polish which is said to be quite complicated. IMHO language is to communicate and Latin is a language, a means to access all the things that were and are created in Latin and that are so numerous.

  98. Ricardo Rengifo Junior

    August 29, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Romance languages are Latin derivatives, but is Latin a Romance language?

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