Asked • 03/15/19

Can a text in Latin be understood by an educated Italian who never had any formal teaching of that language?

Of all Latin derived languages, I presume Italian is the closest to Latin. This is just an assumption which I presume is correct. For this reason, I've always wondered whether an average educated Italian can read and understand a text in Latin. I speak a Latin-derived language and when I see a text in Latin and its translation, I don't find it difficult to recognize which words in Latin correspond to those in Portuguese. Of course in this case the translation makes things easier. Then again, Portuguese isn't as similar to Latin as Italian is.

Luisa M.

I am an Italian native speaker and can assure you that that is not the case (sadly). Italian students who study classical literature and Latin struggle incredibly when asked to write "versioni" (Latin translation homework).


1 Expert Answer


Hunter N. answered • 03/15/19

5.0 (116)

UCLA Latin / Ancient Greek Expert with 10+ Years' Teaching Experience

Still looking for help? Get the right answer, fast.

Ask a question for free

Get a free answer to a quick problem.
Most questions answered within 4 hours.


Find an Online Tutor Now

Choose an expert and meet online. No packages or subscriptions, pay only for the time you need.