The beautiful language of Latin has &#98&#101&#101&#110 &#117&#110&#100&#101&#114&#103&#111&#105&#110&#103 an &#105&#110&#99&#114&#101&#100&#105&#98&#108&#101 &#114&#101&#118&#105&#118&#97&#108 of interest lately. Why has &#116&#104&#105&#115 formerly &#109&#111&#108&#100&#121 language &#97&#99&#113&#117&#105&#114&#101&#100 &#97 &#110&#101&#119 luster?

What &#99&#111&#110&#115&#116&#105&#116&#117&#116&#101&#115 a &#114&#101&#118&#105&#118&#97&#108 of interest?

Last year 148,000 &#115&#116&#117&#100&#101&#110&#116&#115 applied &#116&#111 take the National Latin Exam, according to their website (www.nle.org). In North Carolina there was a 156% increase in the number of students taking the exam, in Nevada &#97&#110 &#56&#52&#37 &#105&#110&#99&#114&#101&#97&#115&#101. You didn’t even know &#116&#104&#101&#114&#101 was a National &#76&#97&#116&#105&#110 &#69&#120&#97&#109, &#100&#105&#100 you? Get with &#116&#104&#101 times! What’s old &#105&#115 &#110&#101&#119, and &#76&#97&#116&#105&#110 is &#99&#111&#111&#108 again.

Pop-culture has had a big hand in this. &#84&#104&#101 Harry &#80&#111&#116&#116&#101&#114 &#98&#111&#111&#107&#115 and movies — insanely popular &#119&#105&#116&#104 &#97&#100&#111&#108&#101&#115&#99&#101&#110&#116&#115 &#45&#45 &#102&#101&#97&#116&#117&#114&#101 &#76&#97&#116&#105&#110 prominently as &#116&#104&#101 language of magic. &#84&#104&#101&#114&#101 &#105&#115 even a &#99&#111&#109&#112&#108&#101&#116&#101 Latin translation of the first Harry Potter &#110&#111&#118&#101&#108, Harry Potter and &#116&#104&#101 Sorceror’s Stone. If your child is reading Harrius Potter &#101&#116 &#80&#104&#105&#108&#111&#115&#111&#112&#104&#105 &#76&#97&#112&#105&#115 you can feel pretty confident about the quality of instruction they’re getting &#97&#116 school.

The more serious side of Latin has been &#105&#110 the movies &#114&#101&#99&#101&#110&#116&#108&#121, &#116&#111&#111. Mel Gibson’s &#99&#111&#110&#116&#114&#111&#118&#101&#114&#115&#105&#97&#108 film The Passion &#111&#102 &#116&#104&#101 Christ &#102&#101&#97&#116&#117&#114&#101&#100 actors speaking &#105&#110 Latin and Aramaic. &#65&#108&#116&#104&#111&#117&#103&#104 the Bible was &#110&#111&#116 originally written in Latin, &#76&#97&#116&#105&#110 became &#116&#104&#101 language of the Roman Catholic Church. &#67&#111&#110&#115&#101&#113&#117&#101&#110&#116&#108&#121 &#116&#104&#101 Latin Vulgate &#115&#101&#114&#118&#101&#100 as the &#115&#116&#97&#110&#100&#97&#114&#100 &#66&#105&#98&#108&#101 for &#99&#101&#110&#116&#117&#114&#105&#101&#115. Inspired &#98&#121 &#84&#104&#101 Passion, many Christians &#104&#97&#118&#101 begun &#108&#101&#97&#114&#110&#105&#110&#103 Latin &#115&#111 they can read the Vulgate &#100&#105&#114&#101&#99&#116&#108&#121.

&#10&#82&#101&#115&#97&#101&#114&#99&#104 &#104&#97&#115 shown that &#115&#116&#117&#100&#101&#110&#116&#115 &#119&#104&#111 take Latin score higher &#111&#110 their &#83&#65&#84’&#115, a big incentive &#102&#111&#114 parents. Latin specifically improved English comprehension scores &#97&#110&#100 was shown to sharpen language &#115&#107&#105&#108&#108&#115 in general.

The &#115&#116&#117&#100&#121 &#111&#102 &#76&#97&#116&#105&#110 &#104&#97&#115 significant benefits, and despite &#40&#111&#114 because of) &#105&#116&#115 arcane reputation &#105&#116 is &#98&#101&#99&#111&#109&#105&#110&#103 more &#99&#111&#109&#109&#111&#110 in schools &#97&#110&#100 universities. If you aren’t &#99&#117&#114&#105&#111&#117&#115 about it now, &#121&#111&#117 will be when &#121&#111&#117&#114 children ask &#121&#111&#117 to &#114&#101&#97&#100 them &#72&#97&#114&#114&#105&#117&#115 &#80&#111&#116&#116&#101&#114 &#97&#116 night.

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