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If only this had been available when I was at school...,
This review is from: Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis (Latin language edition) (Hardcover)
If only this had been available when I was at school...
...I might have contemplated studying Latin longer than I did.
I only studied Latin for a couple of years and whilst I think my teacher would have liked me to continue to GCSE, I felt that there really wasn't much point - I wasn't going to be a doctor or a lawyer so I didn't need to study a 'dead' (for want of a better word!) language.
The textbooks we had at school, whilst teaching you about Roman society and history were not quite as exciting as a Harry Potter book (or even a Paddington or Winnie-the-Pooh book) would have been! Modern stories translated into Latin bring it much more to life - they make you want to read just like a book translated into French, Spanish or German!
I am deeply saddened that many schools do not even offer Latin anymore (I believe my old school has dispensed with the subject after the teacher retired). It seems a shame that such a valuable language as far as teaching the rudiments of grammar etc. should be abandoned. I am sure that translations of popular books would reawaken interest in the study of Latin.
I reckon my old teacher would be proud of me if she knew I had a copy of Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis - it might make up for forsaking her subject all those years ago!