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Spoken Latin Is Making a Comeback

• arclein
It's a sweltering summer day in Rome, so hot that the lines for the city's free water fountains stretch as far as the eye can see. A group of American high schoolers is clustered under one of the few shade-providing trees in the Roman Forum. The students are huddled over their books, trying to piece together a Latin passage. As the teenagers hunt for sentences' subjects and direct objects, noting the use of the accusative case or struggling with the meaning of a word, their teacher offers advice primarily in Latin: "Quid significat?" they might ask. ("What does this word mean?") Responding to queries about sentence structure or whether an adjective references a certain person, students respond "ita" for "yes" and "minime" for "no."

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