Regina, Saskatchewan; Canada
I've heard that Latin gives a fundamental bridge to learning other languages.
Do you think that is so? So many works I've longed to read in the original...
Indeed, to some extent. But many languages don't have the kinds of complexities that Latin has, so learning Latin can also mean learning a lot of extra "baggage"! For example, Arabic only has two grammatical tenses (past and present), two genders (masculine and feminine), and three cases for nouns (nominative, accusative, genitive equivelent to subject, object and possessive) but Latin has six grammatical tenses (present, future, imperfect, perfect, pluperfect, future perfect) three genders (masculine, feminine and neuter) and five or six cases for nouns (nominative, accusative, genitive, ablative, vocative, and a "locative" for some nouns). Arabic is much simpler in these things for the most part. But it is also part of a different language family so it has many unique things that aren't found in Latin; a very different alphabet that reads from right to left instead of from left to right, completely different vocabulary, sun letters and moon letters, nunnation, ta marbuta, idaafa, "hollow" verbs, etc. its own special grammatical "baggage"
Do you think it's too late for me, Ess?
As long as you have life and willpower, it is never too late!
I've been depressed lately, thinking that maybe my brain is now hard-wired for ignorance...
That is not a good idea. Why be depressed about things you don't know, when you can be impressed with the things you do and can know?
[This message has been edited by Essorant (04-13-2011 02:41 AM).]