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If you are a student, professional, or budding polyglot, Varsity Tutors can help you begin to learn Latin regardless of your work or academic experience. Whether you're a junior at North Shore Senior High School, pursuing your associate's degree at Houston Community College, or thinking about applying for that Ph.D. program in classics at the University of Houston, learning a language like Latin could lead you to a host of enticing opportunities.

Using two or more languages can offer you a wealth of intellectual benefits. Did you know that learning a language is like high-intensity interval training for your brain? Your cognition, memory, and decision-making skills improve as you progress in your language learning journey. Once you reach mastery, you may even become proficient in what's known as code-switching: alternating between two languages seamlessly. By learning a language, you may even begin to stave off neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer's and dementia that tend to develop as the human brain ages.

Learning a language isn't just training for your brain, it's also an exercise for your mind. Speaking more than a single language can encourage you to form deeper connections to foreign cultures, and by extension, to diverse peoples. This, in turn, can help you become more accepting, tolerant, and compassionate as a human being.

These days, as the economy increasingly relies on interculturally savvy employees, recruiters may reveal a preference for candidates fluent in more than one language. As a worker in the age of globalization, you may find it useful to have the skills to communicate effectively with someone with a different cultural background.

So, if you're interested in developing a new skill or pondering taking up that job opportunity abroad, picking up a language can be a powerful boost in your life. Of the 6,500 or so languages spoken in the world, Latin is one that can offer you access to unique opportunities.

Many might ask: what's the value of learning a dead language? Although Latin is considered to be a dead language, meaning that nobody speaks it natively anymore, Latin lives on in the liturgy. As an influential liturgical language, Latin is used for official purposes in Vatican City and the Roman Catholic Church.

When Latin was first found in ancient times, it was in the central Italian region of Latium, where the Italian capital of Rome is located. Romance languages, namely Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian, are derived from Latin. So, gaining proficiency in Latin can offer you an excellent entryway into the Romance languages.

Furthermore, grasping the word ending system of Latin can assist students as they prepare for standardized tests focused on verbal skills. Students of Latin can make informed guesses about the meanings of English words they may otherwise not know because plenty of modern English words descended from Latin.

So, if you're interested in learning Latin but worry that you won't have time to practice, signing up for a Houston Latin course can be an excellent solution. This is because a Houston Latin course is entirely online and offered at many different times, so you can be sure to have opportunities to practice regularly.

Each Houston Latin course has the Live Learning Platform at its core. An incredibly handy digital tool, you can communicate with your peers and instructor as if you were in a regular classroom. In addition, you can request one-on-one time whenever you feel you need it. With your instructor able to offer you personalized, focused time, you can keep advancing and avoid much of the nervousness and frustration embedded in language learning.

I'm thinking about enrolling in a class, but what will I learn?

Latin syntax and grammar can be fairly simple for English speakers to master with some regular practice and devoted study. The grammatical system is logical and formulaic in nature - almost like an algorithm - so you can get the hang of it through focus and memorization.

On the flip side, Latin contains three types of nouns: masculine, feminine, and neuter. Although sometimes it can be easy to tell what the gender of a noun will be based on how it sounds, this may not always be the case.

One of the most challenging aspects of Latin, however, is the fact that it's replete with inflections. In English, we don't often use inflected forms as much, so this can be tricky for students to learn.

Are there benefits to joining a Houston Latin class? If so, what are they?

A Houston Latin class welcomes not only all levels of proficiency, but also all kinds of schedules. This means that coursework is online, and classes are offered at many different times, so you're bound to find something that works just right for your schedule.

Another key advantage that you have is access to the indispensable Live Learning Platform. The Live Learning Platform is a virtual tool that simulates the experience of being in a regular classroom. That is, the Live Learning Platform comes with high-tech features that let you talk to your peers and engage with your instructor. In other words, the Live Learning Platform of a Houston Latin class makes collaboration not just possible, but easy and convenient.

But there's one more thing: you can also request individual time with your instructor. Learning from your peers is great, but you may have moments when all you need is your instructor to tell you what you need to know.

How do I get enrolled and start taking classes?

Get in contact with the educational consultants at Varsity Tutors today. Since classes begin on a monthly basis, you don't have to worry about waiting for a new academic year. Find a class time that makes sense for you, and you can get started.

So, whether you're in your first semester of Latin at Dobie High School or poring over Latin legal texts for your history of law class, getting enrolled in a Houston Latin course can nurture your personal, professional, and mental growth. Get in touch today!

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