Long Live Latin


At seven-and-a-half, Tennyson memorized
the first seven verses of John 1 in Latin and
English in the homeschooling with
Classical Conversations, a global home
education program based on the ancient
Classical model of learning. I set each text
to song and he downed them like dessert.

In principio erat Verbum, et Verbum erat
apud Deum,
et Deus erat Verbum. Hoc
erat in principio apud Deum.
Omnia per
ipsum facta sunt: et sine ipso factum est
nihil, quod factum est. In ipso vita erat,
et vita
erat lux hominum: et lux in tenebris
lucet, et
tenebrae eam non
comprehenderunt. Fuit homo
missus a
Deo, cui nomen erat Joannes. Hic venit in
testimonium ut testimonium perhiberet de
ut omnes crederent per illum.

In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was
God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made;
without him nothing was made that has
been made. In him was life, and that life
was the light of all mankind. The light
shines in the darkness, and the darkness
has not overcome it. There was a man
sent from God whose name was John.
He came as a witness to testify concerning
that light, so that through him all might

183 thoughts on “Long Live Latin

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  2. Thank you for visiting my blog and for giving the thumbs up to my Rollercoaster poem. I visited you some time back and enjoyed reading your profile and am now mystified as to why I did not immediately follow you. I can only surmise that I’d been distracted or interrupted. Whatever the reason, I’m doing it poste-haste.
    After reading that you originated from Korea, I have to say that two very dear friends of mine are from Korea. I look forward to reading more of your work. 😊

  3. Always wanted to learn Latin when I was in grade school. Unfortunately, the teachers had problems teaching English! We lived in the middle part of the state of Illinois, USA. I could read by the age of 3 years, so I was REALLY bored at school. One teacher actually told me to read the dictionary when I asked to go to the library. So I read the dictionary section of “A”. Had absolutely no plot!
    Jeanette Hall

    • No plot. LOL. The plot was that there was none. 😉 I was aghast to see how many teachers couldn’t spell (yes, Eng – not even Latin!) when I taught the gifted and talented way back in PA. They were typically the ones who taught the lower grades. I had the pleasure and privilege of studying Latin under a preeminent Classics scholar in college.

      Thanks so much for the follow. Welcome!


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