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4 Reasons You Should Learn a Dead Language

Contents

  1. What is a dead language?
  2. How many dead languages are there?
  3. 4 reasons why dead languages should be taught in schools
  4. Where can you study dead languages?

 

Learning a dead language isn’t as outdated as it sounds! We found out how it can give students an intellectual edge over their peers.

One of the best ways to keep students continuously motivated to learn is to encourage them to explore new interests. 

From learning how to code, teaching AI to your child, or reading diverse books outside the school syllabus, there are always new and exciting learning opportunities to discover . At GoStudent we've found yet another new way to encourage curiosity, learning a dead language! 

 

What is a dead language? 🤔 

 

Dead languages are those that no longer have a native speaking community. 

 

How many dead languages are there? 🤔

 

Some popular dead languages include Latin, Ancient Greek, Coptic, Mandan, Gothic, and Sanskrit. There are actually 579 extinct languages in total! 

 

4 reasons why dead languages should be taught in schools? 🤔

 

👉  #1 Builds Social Skills 

All modern languages have their roots in dead languages. For instance Latin is the parent of modern romance languages like Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese... the list goes on. 

So students who know Latin will have a strong foundation for learning other foreign languages. ✊ 

Learning new languages builds students' social skills and will help them interact well with others to cultivate meaningful friendships

 

👉  #2 Boosts Academic Performance 

Dead languages are highly formulaic in design with precise and even complex sentence structures. So mastering a dead language can help students overcome the fear of language learning!  💪 If they can master a dead language, they can pretty much master any language!

Learning complex dead languages helps improve  skills like mental alertness, analytical thinking, attention to detail and problem solving abilities. 

Practicing these qualities will undoubtedly boost student academic success across numerous subjects.

 

👉  #3 Ensures Career Success  

Skill-sets earned from learning a dead language showcase students’ affinity to learn. 

Which is what employers across many sectors want from their employees. So mastering a dead language can be a promising step towards career success for students.

Besides, knowing multiple foreign languages (which comes easier to students who know a dead language) will diversify students' career prospects – whether that’s access to higher leadership positions or prestigious diplomatic posts in the Government. 👊   

 

👉  #4 Promotes Cultural Enhancement 

The world’s fundamental literature across all disciplines has been written in dead languages. 

If students learn a dead language they can access this ancient knowledge in its purest form! 🤓

Imagine reading Socrates’ philosophical debates, Patanjali’s yoga scriptures or the Old Testament in the language it was first meant to be communicated to the world! 

Understanding a dead language will give students a far sharper intellectual edge than their peers! Besides, it is also a window for them to deep-dive into the history and culture of ancient civilizations.

 

Where can you study dead languages? 🤔

 

If students don’t want to wait till University before they can learn a dead language there are some great online courses that can give them a head start! 

If students are more inclined towards exploring modern languages, here are the best YouTube channels to learn them.

At GoStudent we believe in students' holistic development. So reach out to us with requests for tutors who specialise in dead languages and we will connect you to the best one for your child.

Or book a trial session with one of our tutors for curriculum subject support. So you have the time to help your child explore other niche interests, like learning a dead language! 🚀  

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