The classical languages Latin and Greek form the basis of western civilization. Latin, in particular, is the language in which the most sophisticated thoughts of the western world have been expressed. Studying Latin allows learners to gain a deeper comprehension of their own milieu, thus acquiring a more profound understanding of manifold aspects of their lives and culture.
Latin and Greek—highly organized and logical languages—sharpen the mind, forge critical thinking, create keener attention to detail, cultivate mental alertness, and enhance problem-solving abilities. Studying Latin and Greek, the quintessential languages of oratory and philosophy, affects positively the way we shape discourse in English, helping us express ourselves with greater effectiveness and confidence, teaching us to coordinate ideas well, and thus to write and speak better in English.