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Important Facts about the Latin Language

By   September 7, 2015

Most churches consider Latin as their official language. When you visit the Catholic Church, you will find people speaking in Latin. It is the language respected by tradition and followed by experience, especially in the church’s headquarters work. It can be seen in the Rome city. It is applied in all business and correspondence with the Roman Curia and Holy See. It is believed that universal church should have a common language, and that is obvious with the Latin language.

Latin is not like Spanish. There are a lot of difference between the two.

Ecclesial Latin is the Latin accustomed by the church.

Various languages like Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French, etc. have Latin roots. About eighty percentage of the English words that are scholarly is consequent from the Latin, and more than sixty percentage of English words that are commonly used are derived from the Latin.

The Latin is seen on the United States currency. Most English speaking people use Latin words on daily basis. Some of the frequently used Latin words are a gymnasium, honor, aroma, administrator, inter, quasi, et cetera, per capita, R.I.I., P.S., P.M., A.M., superior, etc.

The Latin language is widely used in law, medicine and science fields. In certain occasions, the mottos of the university and state are written in the Latin language.

Latin is popularly referred as infected language. Are you wondering the reason for this nickname? Well, the endings in Latin are different, and it depends on the way it is used. This characteristic is slightly found in the German language. In English, the word order would differ. But in Latin, there is no word order for ‘the’, ‘an’ or ‘a’.

In the Latin language, there are diphthongs. It means double vowels that create one sound. Some of the examples of diphthongs are oe, ae, etc.

The Latin language is referred as a dead language. Therefore, no frequent changes are made to the language. The changes are mostly experienced by the living languages. Remember, in living languages the word’s meaning are subject to change, distortion and manipulation. Moreover, there are chances for the language itself to remain unrecognizable in a short time. If an English speaking person has to read a text that is written hundred ago, he/she will feel difficult since it will be different to the present usage. The word changes will result in division.

The Latin language is unchangeable, and it is beneficial in various ways. The Latin rite remains absolute even after several centuries.