How can it be a dead language when the Romance and Germanic languages (yes, including English) have Latin roots. I passed my
English Regent exam by concentrating on those words with Latin roots.
appropinquabamusne? ("were we not approaching?"
When I was in high school, I took Latin for three years and classical Greek for one year. Greek was a lot more fun, actually.
While Latin is obscure it helps obliquely with history, vocabulary, etymology, and has some things in common with Romance languages.
That said, was the one year of Spanish I took in college way more practically useful? You better believe it.
There are no people/ethnic group that uses it as their everyday language.
That doesnt mean it is forgotten and is never used. It lives on in science (and it used to be the language mainly used in churches) and it is extremely usefull in learning other (romance) languages.
Dead officialy, but alive in our hearts... ow latin... we haven't forgotten about you! You still mean a lot to us...
Gave up right after that, cause was pretty sure I wasnt gonna get it, and I was right, after seeing the answer it still didn't ring any bells
(I think i was talked out of it. And at age 12 you probably think others know what they are talking about)