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Why Latin?

At Trinity learning, we are proud to be able to offer courses in Latin, but the question that is often asked is what benefit will it give my child? After all, it is a dead language that is taught to be read, not spoken. Well, here's the simple truth: it is because it is a dead language, because it is taught to be read and not spoken and because it is taught entirely through its grammatical rules, not through its everyday use, that you learn an understanding of the mechanics and structure of language, streets ahead of any you will gain from the study of a modern tongue. Not just Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, but German, Russian and even Arabic; any other language becomes easier for a child with a grounding in Latin. A student who can learn Latin can grasp the bones of any language.


Latin can be full of uncompromisingly tricky stuff, but it also offers entry into a fantastic lost world that offers itself up excitingly through its literature. The great writers in the western tradition of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton and Keats can be understood so much easier when a grasp of Latin is present. To be a good reader of English literature alone, knowledge of the Romans' literature can offer a considerable advantage.


Understanding Latin also helps develop the individual's mind and is a subject that often sets the student above others. That is why schools such as Eton, Harrow and Wycombe love students who have some knowledge of Latin; it shows that they possess intellectual curiosity and sets them apart from the average student. In the U.K. independent sector, Latin is taught from Year 4, where children learn stories from Greek and Roman mythology, before going on to study the subject properly in Year 6. Many students who continue with their studies in Medicine, Law and Philosophy are so grateful for their grounding in studying this language. Latin helps create curious, intellectually rigorous students with a rich, worldly knowledge that will serve them throughout their lives.


Our courses are there to give a flavour of what is possible; to kindle a flame, to excite and make the individual think. And that, surely is what education should be about.

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