Do they even teach Latin in school anymore? When I was in high school, lots of people took Latin.
Latin is the base for many languages. SO? NO ONE SPEAKS IT!!
Latin is required for anyone who wants to be a doctor, engineer or a lawyer. WHY? Because these professions use many Latin terms. SO WHAT? TEACH THOSE TERMS, NOT A WHOLE LANGUAGE that NO ONE SPEAKS!!
Well those bull crap arguments made me take Latin, and I never became a doctor, engineer, or lawyer. My brother is a lawyer and he never took Latin.
So anyway, I took Latin, and I hated it; useless fecking language.
Veni, vidi, vici. Tempus fugit. Omnia Gallia in tres partes divisa est.
Two years and that’s all I got, and I’ve never had a reason to use any of it. Once it got me the right answer while watching Jeopardy, but then I forgot to say “What is tempus fugit?”
I was horrible at Latin. I’m not good at languages anyway, but it was extra hard to get excited about learning a language that NO ONE SPEAKS. I got straight “D’s” and one year was in danger of failing all together. In those days if you failed a course, you had to take it over again in summer school, and if you failed that, you did not graduate…you stayed back!!! Oh the horrors. The threat of being left back was frightening. Your life would be ruined. It would be on your PERMINANT RECORD.
So, I had a tutor for Latin. Getting tutored in those days was a little like getting left back, except no one had to know. It was not on your PERMINANT RECORD.
My tutor was around 90 years old. He lived in a dingy room in an old house that smelled like a musty basement, and he smelled old. There is no other way to explain it, he smelled old. He also had bad breath. It was not “I forgot to brush my teeth” breath, or “I just ate garlic” breath, it was clinical halitosis, and he was also a close talker.
I don’t think he helped me in Latin, other than giving me the incentive to study extra hard so I could get away from the smell of old and the close talking halitosis breath.
I did not fail Latin that year. I got another “D” but I did not fail.
I did win an award.
Of all the subjects I ever studied, of all the sports I ever played the one award I won was for proficiency in Latin.
We had to take some special national test, and I got a 92 which was good for a special certificate.
I was very proud. I’m not completely sure what the certificate represents, it looks impressive, but most of it is in Latin.