The Benefits of Learning a Dead Language

 Do you have interest  in learning a dead language? Language Direct has a team of translators of over 189 languages, including dead languages such as Latin and Sanskrit.


Learning a Dead Language

Learning a Dead Language

A dead language is one that is no longer used as a native language, but is still in use for scientific, academic or religious purposes (as opposed to an extinct language or less popular language like  Latin, Welsh, or Galeic translator or interpreter, which is no longer in use at all).

Here are some of the reasons why learning a dead language is practical and useful in today’s society:

  • Studying and learning a dead language is very helpful.
  • Learning a dead language can also help you learn a second or third language easier. Learning a language up the family tree of a modern language will make learning the latter easier.
  • Any dead language also helps you understand language as whole – why grammar is the way it is, and so on.
  • A medieval language, such as Old English or Middle English, will open up a door in literature for you. And this means not just the typical works of Homer.
  • Learning a dead language is learning history and learning from it. It helps us understand why and how things happened, and compare our life today. For example, if the Romans had not invaded all of Europe, the languages people speak would be very different.

Here are some of the coolest dead languages you may want to consider learning:

  • Akkadian – It is the lingua franca of ancient Mesopotamia,
  • Biblical Hebrew – The language of the  Bible and the Old Testament. It shares many similarities with modern Hebrew.
  • Coptic – The language used in early Christian church literature, and is basically Egyptian language written in Greek alphabet.
  • Armaic – The language of Jesus, it was the vernacular of the Second Temple of Israel and was the lingua franca all over the Near East of centuries.
  • Sanskrit – The lingua franca of the Indian subcontinent for three millennia and is the foundation of religious texts for Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
  • Ancient Egyptian – Uses hieroglyphics, and is the language of most Egyptian stone writings.
  • Old Norse – The language of the Vikings, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, and parts of Russia, France and the British Isles.
  • Latin – Still used today in many religious events, and Cicero, Julius Caesar, Cato, Catullus, Vergil, Ovid, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas all wrote in Latin.
  • Ancient Greek – Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Homer , Herodotus, Euripides and Aristophanes  all wrote in Greek, and the new testament was written in Kione, a version of Greek.


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