100 Words, 100 Days: Day 29. On Languages.

I’ve been watching The Borgias, which started recently on Sky Atlantic. While I’ve always been a fan of well-made historical dramas (even if they’re not quite accurate), none of them have made me want to live in their particular era. Except for this one. It’s not that I fancy becoming pope one day or learn the dark arts of manipulation and corruption. No, it’s because I’ve always wanted to learn Latin.

From this ancient language came Romance languages: English, French, Spanish and, of course, Italian. It is said that if one becomes proficient in Latin, all other languages come easy.


9 responses to “100 Words, 100 Days: Day 29. On Languages.

  1. Heh. I think what they mean is, if you can force your mind around Latin, you can learn anything. ))

    Oh, and just to be a snot, wouldn’t you say that English is actually a form of German peppered with Romance languages, rather than a direct descendant? (Yes, German and Latin are both from the Proto-Indo-European, it’s just the route it took that I’m talking about.)

  2. Bloody German…not only are they taking our money, but they’ve claimed our language too.

  3. I have to agree with Richard. English is not a Romance language, it is of Germanic origin, as in the language the Angles, and Saxons who came to the United Kingdom after the Romans left. However, English is a very versatile tongue, and it’s taken bits here and there from many Latin based languages, a lot of French words, probably a leftover from the Norman invasion. There’s a brilliant book, called The Mother Tongue by the witty Bill Bryson, and in it, he tells you the history of English.
    I am in love with English, it is a beautiful language to me 🙂

  4. When did English become a Romance language?
    Is not – through its many Germanic roots – from the Indo-European family of languages?
    Although admittedly with heavy Latin influences.

  5. I think what is meant, Richard, is more along the lines of the structure of Latin being similar to that of many other languages – a structure which English has evolved-away from since it drifted from Old-English and Middle-English. The structure of verb-tenses and the noun-cases are slowly being whittled off English.

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