In this video you’ll see footage of the September 2010 Latin WAYK Weekend Workshop at Wyoming Catholic College in Lander, WY. Towards the end of the weekend at a typical WAYK workshop, the steadily improving language hunters participate in the “Tea with Grandma” scenario, where attendees hunt language from fluent elders with no bridge language to fall back on (such as English).
Why is the WAYK language revitalization team working with Latin? Well, as it turns out, Latin has an (as far as we know) unbroken tradition of conversation back to the early days of Rome, as kept alive in the church, monasteries, the Vatican, and so on. However in the mid twentieth-century, decisions made by the Vatican leadership may have adversely impacted the vitality of Latin conversational life, and the spoken language is therefore endangered. We are working to make Lander, WY (the home-town of Wyoming Catholic College) an immersion destination for Latin enthusiasts, and the Latin-speaking capital of the world.