THE ULTIMATE TEACHING TOOL
It can be used in English classes, most other language classes,
History, Linguistics, Social Studies, and almost any gifted or AP class.
And what is this wonder? It is a list of 333 ordinary words
that are letter-for-letter identical in Latin and English.
These are words that Julius Caesar spoke and now we speak them. Even some well-educated people can’t name any of these words. But here they are, reminding us how connected we are to a distant empire.
Teachers are always talking about the roots of English, which is a fairly dull subject. But when students scan this list, they get it immediately.
This list will make children (and parents) think that
learning Latin is easier than they thought. So it’s a good PR tool
for encouraging the study of Latin.
Another way to think of this list is a quickie Latin lesson for people (of all ages) who will never take Latin.
Conceptually, this list illustrates an important point, that
the best way to teach one thing is to link it to another thing.
QED: this is scholarship with sizzle.
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