Studere, Contendere, Vincere: Top 5 Reasons To Learn A Little Greek And Latin
"Studere, contendere, vincere – studying, striving, conquering."
Learning a little Latin and Greek might seem like embarking on an extraneous endeavor when preparing for a test, but the benefits abound. Deciding to research etymology does not mean signing up for a new course or major, either. Here are the top five reasons to spend some time learning from Caesar and Homer.
1. Increase vocabulary test scores.
One ancient word stem can expand vocabulary acquisition for hundreds of other words.
For example, learning that “android” comes from “andro” (male) and “oid” (as/like) we can see the association to common words found while reading, as well as other terms.
Here are a just a few words with the “andro” root: anandrious, andric, androcentric, androcyte, androgygreed, diandrous, ergatandry, misandrous, philander, polyandry, pseudandrous.
2. Raise logical thinking and reasoning skills.
Latin and Greek can also boost test sections with science, reasoning, biology, or legal concepts. The discipline and structure of the languages act as a natural aid in practicing logical thinking, which shows up in reasoning portions of tests – including in math sections.
3. Gain a pre-med or pre-law vocabulary base.
For anyone considering medical or legal work, a foundation in Latin and Greek can help initial comprehension of terms and will serve in the long-term, too.
Most people know the term pro bono. What about in flagrante delicto (caught in the act)?
Or, osteoporosis? If you learn “osteo” (bone) and “por” (holes – like “porous”) and “osis” (condition) you’ll already know parts of many other terms. You’re halfway to knowing “osteocranium.”
4. Build a historical and cultural base.
Any language venture entails learning about the culture behind the words, too. For Latin and Greek, this means tracing the tradition of Western thinking. Government, business, law, medicine, philosophy – all of these have origins in ancient Latin and Greek thinkers.
5. Te videbunt – Adding Latin or Greek will make your resume more noticeable.
If you are not enrolled in an official class for Latin or Greek, you can create the opportunity to study these languages with a tutor, during test prep sessions, or through another avenue. You will enhance your academic credentials and stand out.