Monday, July 30, 2012

Learning Latin, Greek and Hebrew in Rome

July 28, 2012. ( During the summer, many students decided to learn a new language. English may be the most popular, but others choose to learn so called ‘dead languages.’

Reading texts in Latin, Greek and Hebrew  is possible, but students go further. They also learn to speak the languages as if they were modern languages.

A total of 88 students from all over the world, came to Rome precisely to study these language courses. It’s unique because here, under one same roof, students are taught different levels of Latin, Ancient Greek and Hebrew.

Even though they are considered ‘dead languages,’ here they make an effort to preserve  them, since they are the base of our civilization.

Director of the Polis Institute (Jerusalem) ENGLISH ORIG 05 ‘48”
“The situation is the following one, we have like the whole library of Alexandria which is locked- we have lost the key of that library of Alexandria, and the key is the knowledge of ancient languages. Either we know those ancient languages or we don’t have access to all this wealth of texts that are the ground of our civilization.”

The teaching technique is unique. Instructors make an effort to teach the language as if it were a modern one, and that includes a total immersion from day one.