What are the reasons for learning Latin?

12 good reasons to learn Latin

  • Latin is a magnifying glass: The Latin texts deal with fundamental ideas of European intellectual history as early as the language acquisition phase (6th-8th grade) and even more so when translating original Latin texts (from 9th grade). This is what you need to understand our common European roots. An overview of the topics, genres and authors covered in Latin lessons can be found in the curriculum.

    At PGN we are thus in the tradition of our namesake Willibald Pirckheimer, a famous Nuremberg humanist, as well as his sister, the humanistically educated abbess Caritas Pirckheimer. In addition, we work together with colleagues from history, religion / ethics or social studies and use and expand the knowledge acquired by the students in these subjects.

  • Latin is a balance: By working intensively in Latin with the texts and thoughts of people who lived in a completely different world, Latin lessons offer a balance to our often hectic world. In addition, the focus in Latin is on written language: This provides a good balance to the modern foreign languages ​​spoken, and there are no dictations in Latin lessons. If we speak Latin (which we also do at PGN - see the link to “Speaking Latin - important sentences”), this is easy, because almost everything is pronounced as it is written.

  • Latin is a very good teacher of learning and work techniques, which are a prerequisite for success in school, study and work. In addition to “classic” techniques for self-organization, vocabulary learning, independent repetition or research, Latin lessons in particular also train thoroughness, patience and perseverance as well as logical thinking.

    At the PGN we support the interdisciplinary project “Learn to learn”.

  • Latin is a "time saver" - by not only accelerating and facilitating the learning of other foreign languages, but often even studying! Because the Latinum, which is obtained after passing the 10th grade, is still a prerequisite for many courses. If you don't have it, you have to make up for it during your studies - that costs time and energy that you can otherwise invest in the specialist course (in which knowledge of Latin often helps immensely).

  • Latin is fun: Whether the joy of the Latin heritage of our city of Nuremberg (possibly link to "Latin experience - city tour / Latin in Nuremberg"), exciting stories from mythology (possibly link to mythology project), puzzles and logical thinking, books from and all about Roman antiquity, traveling through space (link “Latin experience - crossing the Alps” and “Weißenburg” and time (link “see Latin”, “taste Latin”, “experience Latin - Roman games” (to Weißenburg) - Latin offers a lot of fun.

    At the PGN we strive to make this joy tangible for the pupils through a variety of methods, references to the pupils' living environment, museum educational elements, excursions and projects - ideally in every lesson.