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Why Learn Languages? - Why Learn Latin?

Latin provides a solid foundation for the acquisition of other Western languages, especially French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish.

The word structure and sentence patterns stimulate such mental qualities as being observant, accurate, and analytic: Classics majors are hired by firms that need personnel who can define and identify problems, think on their feet, and arrive at sound, creative solutions.

A background in Roman civilization makes us aware of customs, values, and ideas that we have in common with many other Western cultures. We share many concepts of government, religion, art, literature and economic systems.
More than 60% of English vocabulary is derived from Latin. The technical vocabularies of medicine, botany, law, astronomy, art history and music are largely based on Latin.

Latin improves your reading, writing, and spelling abilities.

Latin fosters better understanding of English grammar.

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Modern Languages and Classics
201 Little Hall
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 207-581-2072 | Fax: 207-581-1832E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469