You may have noticed The Serpent's Spell is sprinkled with Latin words...
Did you know that half the English language comes directly from Latin?
you know that A.A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner has
been translated into Latin as Winnie Ille Pu Semper Ludet?
See also Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham (Virent
Ova! Viret Perha!) and The Cat in the Hat (Cattus Petasatus),
as well as J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's
Stone (Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis). Check out Amazon's
great list of children's
books translated into Latin.
And did you know that Nuntii Latini ("The News in Latin") is broadcast from YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company? Nuntii Latini is heard around the world on short or medium wave and via satellite on Radio Finland. You can also hear this weekly review of world news in Classical Latin via RealAudio on-line.
Every Thursday, a five-person committee meets in Rome to update the Latin language. From the Lexicon Recentis Latinatis (source: Globe & Mail, Jan. 30/04, A14)—
If you want to find out more about this ancient living language, there are many online Latin lessons and resources. Latin family mottoes (and their English translations) are something every family should have. Check out the interesting Bestiaria Latina Omnia website too, which provides links to Latin proverbs and their translations. You can sign up for daily email with a link to the proverb of the day. There's also an audio link so you can hear the proverb plus an explanation about the proverb itself.
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