This Is the Easiest Way to Learn Latin Online

Carpe diem! Now it's the best time for you to start learning Latin and speak like a true Roman emperor in no time.

This Is the Easiest Way to Learn Latin Online

Vox populi (“the voice of the people”) has spoken! Due to popular demand, Mondly has now introduced a Latin course that will help you speak Latin like a veritable Julius Caesar. Consisting of interactive and practical language lessons, the new Latin course is now available on iOS, Android and web.

Ergo (“therefore”), the easiest way to learn Latin online is now literally at your fingertips with Mondly. So what are you waiting for? Carpe diem (“seize the day”) and start mastering the Latin language right now!

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If you are wondering why Latin, a dead language, was added to Mondly’s language portfolio and – most importantly – what are the reasons to learn Latin, continue reading the following paragraphs and your questions shall be answered. Mihi crede‌ (“trust me”).

The Latin language, the core of Romance languages

Originally spoken in Rome, the Latin language has then spread together with the increase of the Roman empire and later developed into the Romance languages we all know today: Italian, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Catalan and Spanish.

Over time, the Latin language has known a number of historical phases distinguished by subtle differences in vocabulary, usage, spelling, morphology, and syntax. These are known as Old Latin, Classical Latin, Vulgar Latin (that also influenced the Romance languages), Medieval Latin, Renaissance Latin, New Latin and Contemporary Latin or the Latin we use today in the Catholic Church, in science, mottos, et cetera (“and so forth”).

Additionally, Latin has also highly influenced English through ecclesiastical usage and writers who borrowed words that we still use today.

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“Hercules furens” by Seneca.

Ergo, history makes Latin the backbone of many present-day languages and studying it could help you gain valuable insight into the infrastructure of many other languages.

Latin grammar and the Latin alphabet

The Latin alphabet that many languages use today evolved from the visually similar Etruscan alphabet, which – in turn – evolved from the Cumaean Greek version of the Greek alphabet, which was itself descended from the Phoenician alphabet that derived from Egyptian hieroglyphics. As a result of Etruscans ruling early Rome, over time, their alphabet developed into the Latin alphabet that many centuries later became the writing system we all know today.

A fascinating origin story, isn’t it?

With three distinct genders, up to seven noun cases, five declensions, four verb conjugations, six tenses, three persons, three moods, two voices, two or three aspects and two numbers, Latin grammar may seem complicated. But once you start your Latin classes with Mondly and learn to read Latin, you’ll be surprised how fast you can actually master this language due to the knowledge you already possess.

Common Latin phrases and expressions we still use today

Far from being a dead language, Latin is very much alive in our day-to-day conversations. Carpe diem, et cetera, et alii, habemus papam, in vitro, magna cum laude, curriculum vitae and mea culpa are just a few of the Latin phrases we still use today.

Although Latin may be a “dead” language, it is not considered extinct because it is still in use in other ways. Whether we are talking about law, medicine, science, music, theology, philosophy, art, or literature, the Latin language is still vivus (“alive”) in our conversations. Besides, it is the official language of the Holy See and the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.

And if that’s not reason enough to learn Latin right now, let’s not forget that even Justin Bieber uses the Latin phrase “bona fide” (“good faith”) in his latest single “Yummy”.

So here are 15 of the most common Latin phrases you need to know regardless of the century:

  • carpe diem – seize the day
  • et cetera – and other similar things; and so forth; and the rest (of such things)
  • et alii – and others (generally found in footnotes and bibliographies)
  • habemus papam – we have a pope ( the announcement given in Latin when a new Pope has been chosen)
  • in vitro – in glass (biological processes that occur in the laboratory rather than in the body or a natural setting can be called in vitro)
  • magna cum laude – with great praise
  • curriculum vitae – the course of one’s life (a brief biographical résumé of one’s career and training)
  • mea culpa – my fault
  • cogito ergo sum – I think, therefore I am (a Latin philosophical proposition by René Descartes)
  • veni, vidi, vici – I cam, I‌ saw, I conquered (famously said by Julius Caesar after a short war with Pharnaces II of Pontus)
  • quid pro quo – this for that; an exchange of value
  • pro bono – for the good; in business, it refers to services with no charge
  • subpoena – under penalty
  • ad nauseam – to a sickening or excessive degree
  • amor vincit omnia – love conquers all (is also the name of a painting by the Italian Baroque artist Caravaggio)

Reasons to learn Latin

Forget about the Latin dictionary and the countless hours of studying Latin grammar. The best way to learn Latin is online, for free with Mondly.

Why? If you are not necessarily a language aficionado who just loves to learn new languages, the Latin language might still be of interest to you. We already emphasized the main reasons to learn Latin, but here they are again plus a few more:

  • Latin sits at the core of the Romance languages and has greatly influenced the vocabulary of many other languages including English. Ergo, learning Latin will help you master the overall structure and vocabulary of other languages as well.
  • Latin can prepare you for many professions or simply discussions with scholarly people. These fields include law, medicine, science, music, theology, philosophy, art, and literature.
  • Knowing Latin could help you enjoy some of the most influential literature in the world in their original language. Just imagine being able to read “The Aeneid” by Virgil, “Metamorphoses” by Ovid, “Selected Works” by Cicero or “The Conquest of Gaul” by Julius Caesar in Latin!
  • Many scholars believe that learning Latin also sharpens the mind, cultivating careful analysis and attention.
  • Additionally, deciphering the “secret code” of Latin, discovering the meanings behind words you already know from other languages and reading great authors in their original language is a pleasure that will last you a lifetime.

Start learning Latin today

The Latin language is no longer is secret code meant only for scholars or the Catholic Church. Starting right now, you can learn Latin with Mondly using bite-sized lessons and practical topics to help you discover how Romans conversed in their day-to-day life.

Start learning Latin with Mondy right now and find your Roman alter ego!

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Diana Lăpușneanu - Linguist at Mondly Blog

Diana is a Linguist at Mondly by Pearson. Learning English as a second language early on fueled her lifelong passion for language learning, leading her to pursue a diverse array of languages as a hobby alongside her academic endeavors. With a Master’s Degree in advertising and a fascination for historical linguistics, she brings a unique perspective to her role, making language learning fun for readers worldwide.

19 comments on “This Is the Easiest Way to Learn Latin Online

  1. i learnt italian and spanish as they are both similar, i believe even mexican is akin to both
    i speak read and write
    9 indian languages ( telug, hindi, urdu, bengali, pnjabi kannada, tamil ,malayalam) plus
    russian, german, dutch, italian,spanish,
    hope i made my wish/ intention is to learn as many as possible

    1. Hi Tim! 👋
      I’m glad to hear you are interested in learning Latin with Mondly VR. We are always working on making Mondly better, but as for now, we don’t have a deadline regarding Latin yet. Keep an eye on the app though. We will try to make it happen as soon as possible.

    2. Seconding this! My dyslexic daughter studies Latin at her classical education school and anything that would make it a little more immersive and fun would help a lot.

  2. i am i love with Latin language, I really wonna know it. especially, Biblical Latin language.

  3. I took several years of Spanish (advanced). There were only 2 options, and the other was “Latin”! Oh how I wish I would have gone with Latin instead!! I didn’t realize how many (and how MUCH) other languages have been dependent on Latin for their root words and bases. I’m crossing my fingers and super excited to get startd!

  4. I took Latin in Junior high school in 1962. It was the only choice besides French in Louisville, KY. Now 70 years later, I am the only on in church on Chrismas eve belting out OhCome all Ye faithful IN LATIN. Adeste fideles, nautum re… oops.

  5. My father was a Unitarian minister and his first church was in Kentucky. Moving from California to Louisville, KY in 1961 was not only a culture shock but also an adventure for me. Emerson Elementary school in Berkeley the language was Spanish. So attending
    Highland Jr. High (7th-8th) in Louisville the only options were French and Latin. I studied Latin for those 2 years. This was the catalyst and conduit to my future wordsmithing and lexicographer passion. I learned to spell, read a dictionary, understand word syntax, and sing Christmas carols in Latin. My photographic memory was activated in the Latin classes.
    I want to relearn Latin to stimulate and exercise my over-educated intellectual brain cells to the joy of visual learning again. My photographic memory was activated in the Latin classes in the 1960s.
    After 23 years in the US Air Force using the Vietnam era GI bill and VA service-connected disability pyments, I collected an AAS in Airframe Structural Repair USAF; BA California State University, Chico in Recreation; Michigan State MS Community Service [Okinawa, Japan]; Vocational diploma Accounting management; and Doctorate Philosphy Holisitic Nutrition.
    Retirement finds me playing 25 games of WordFeud with 10 players worldwide. I was an air traffic controller in the military but also a writer/editor/war palnner in civil service. My boss used to ask “do you want to get promoted or court martialed?” She can make it happen.
    I am comfortable using words of more than 8 letters and often cannot dummy them down to 5 letters so others can understand what I am saying.

    Now 70 years later, I am the only one in church on Chrismas eve belting out OhCome all Ye faithful IN LATIN. Adeste fideles, nautum re….venete venete in Beth..eth…lehem.

    1. Hello there!👋 I’m glad to hear that 🧡. I love Latin too!
      Luckily, Mondly teaches Latin. Get the app, practice 10 minutes every day and you’ll be fluent in no time. Happy learning!

  6. I really want to know it I really love the way the talk with each other and I always find it difficult to know the language but I’m more than ready to know it

  7. I’ve loved Calligraphy since middle school, writing in Old English, Latin has always been a joy to complete. I have never learned to speak or read Latin. This will be great.

  8. Hello Diana, I am interested in spending the time to learn Latin. I would like to speak and read this language, as it seems The forerunner for so many romantic languages. I am a college graduate, manager of many companies in the past, a master beekeeper, teaching myself piano and having my 88th birthday on July 24, 2022. I believe that that studying Latin Will be advantageous to keeping my mind active.

  9. Hi Diana,
    I would dearly love to learn Latin. Did a beginners course at UWA years ago and am disappointed I didn’t proceed with it

  10. I’m the Latin coach and translator for our choir, but after 55 years I’m getting a little rusty so it’s time for a refresher. You never know when it will come in handy, so semper paratus, as they say in the Coast Guard.

    I can muddle through Flemish, can read street signs in French, know a bit of ASL and Spanish, and a few words in Malagasy. So after I re-master Latin, plenty to do.

  11. I had 2 years of Latin at school a long long time ago when we had a sane educational system in UK. (long gone) I got my O level.
    In many later years I am an old man now when I watch quiz programmes for example on TV I am ‘amazingly good.’ I can’t believe it myself.
    Latin is the basic vital language for EVERYBODY who wants to ‘get on.’ I have never forgotten mine.

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