dickfreckle: Will someone remind me why I took Latin?
RexTalionis: If you want to talk about dead languages, try Manchurian instead of Lakota. There are still about 6000 Lakota speakers and they can teach the younger generation if they choose to. There's less than a dozen Manchurian speakers now, which is interesting because it was the imperial language of the Qing dynasty of China only 100 years prior.
stuhayes2010: dickfreckle: Will someone remind me why I took Latin?Because it'll help you in medicine and law or something.
BFletch651: This process will continue. In 100 years nearly all the native languages in the Americas will be extinct.
nekom: BFletch651: This process will continue. In 100 years nearly all the native languages in the Americas will be extinct.I agree with the first part, but not the second. There are areas of South America where indigenous languages are spoken pretty much exclusively. In North America, at the very least Cherokee and Navajo aren't going away, but indeed many more will die off, just not ALL.
Unfreakable: Sad. I actually met Albert White Hat a long time ago on the Rosebud reservation. He was a pretty amazing guy.
hasty ambush: stuhayes2010: dickfreckle: Will someone remind me why I took Latin?Because it'll help you in medicine and law or something.And why don't we insist that at least law go to plain language (other than putting more lawyers out of work)THE PLAIN ENGLISH MOVEMENTThe premise behind the plain English movement is that legal documents ought to be plainer--and more comprehensible--to the average person. It's probably fair to say that the modern movement began in the 1970s. But people have objected to the obscurity of lawyer's language for many centuries.
mattharvest: dickfreckle: Will someone remind me why I took Latin?Well, unlike Lakota, Latin is the primary base for three of the most important languages on the planet for business (Spanish, French, Italian), as well as being a significant base for the second largest business language (English).
aprentic: mattharvest: dickfreckle: Will someone remind me why I took Latin?Well, unlike Lakota, Latin is the primary base for three of the most important languages on the planet for business (Spanish, French, Italian), as well as being a significant base for the second largest business language (English).That's the reason I heard when I started taken Latin. Since then I've come to the conclusion that it's nonsense.Latin is so far removed from either French, Spanish or Italian that it's far easier to just learn French, Spanish and Italian. Latin isn't taught as a spoken language either, you basically just learn how to read Latin. And you can't read anything less than a few thousand years old because you don't really learn how to write it either so nobody does it (Church Latin is a different language from what most Latin students learn).Latin forms a tiny base for English and almost none of it is used in business. English is a Germanic language with a completely different grammatical structure. English borrows words from many languages but frequently changes them from the original so if you want to increase your English vocabulary you are much better served just learning English words (perhaps by reading English texts).The main benefit to learning Latin is that it is a shibboleth. Let's say you come from an old money family and you want to let other people from old money families know this so you can hang out together and do rich people stuff. If you simply tell everyone that you have rich parents you just look like a douche. But if you can make the occasional joke in Latin or correctly use the occasional Latin phrase it sends a message that you probably went to a private school where they teach Latin. Other people won't get this. They'll just think your clever or nerdy. But other scions will understand and if you display enough additional shibboleths they will invite you to play golf with them.Sadly, my parents aren't rich so I actually need to work for a living.
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