Latin Reading

If you're trying to practice your Latin Reading then the page below should help. You will be able to sharpen your comprehension and understanding of the sample text below, which is part of the Article 26 and 27 from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The first section is in Latin and the second part is in English. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Latin. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Latin Reading

Read the following text very carefully and see what you can understand without looking at the English translation, and see what you understood from it, you can use our Latin dictionary if you want.

Latin Reading
XXVI
Suae quisque ipsius doctrinae ius habet, quae de classibus puerilibus est gratuita et praecipua; praeterea doctrina primaria verum necessaria; doctrina, ad artem et munus pertinens, ab omnibus intellegi debet; denique ad ordinem superiorem aeque omnibus pro merito patens.
Toti personae maturitati disciplina est dicanda, iurum et libertatum confirmationi et rationi, qua disciplina omnes gentes, omnia genera, omnes religiones intelligenda, observanda, amanda sunt, atque officiis Coniunctarum Gentium favendum ad pacem servandam.
Parentium potestas est ut disciplinas, quibus liberi imbuantur, elegant.
XXVII
Sui quisque ipsius arbitrii ita potestatem habet ut vitae ad societatis doctrinam pertinenti particeps sit et artibus perfruatur, cum scientiae incrementis beneficiisque vehementer studeat.
Suae quisque tutelae ius habet morum rationis utilitatis quae ex suis studiis scientiae litterarum artium efficiantur.

Below is the translation of the above text, check what you understood without the help of the dictionary, after reading the translation one time, go back up and read the Latin text and see if you can recognize the more words this time.

English Translation
Article 26
1. Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
2. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
3. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
Article 27
1. Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

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