How Did Latin Become A Dead Language?

Latin used to be spoken by as many people on earth as English is today. But now it doesn't have a single native speaker. Hear the story of why Latin experienced such a tremendous fall.

How Did Latin Die?

It's the basis for at least a half-dozen different modern languages, but it isn't spoken anywhere in modern-day life. Find out why.

How Do We Know What Latin Sounded Like?

Figuring out how to pronounce a dead language requires a bit of historical sleuthing.

Why Dying Languages Are Worth Saving

Latin isn't the world's only dead language—more are dying every year.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. English, Mandarin, and other widespread languages are dominating as people learn them in order to assimilate into the global culture. 02:30

  2. Technology has also opened up new ways to preserve languages. 03:23

  3. A language survives if you have the choice to learn it. 05:29

Written by Curiosity Staff September 23, 2016

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