BadgerJelly wrote:I good idea for improvement could be to put greater value in learning a foreign language?
I quite agree. I favor Latin, though I understand the appeal of Greek to those interested in the humanities.
This is interesting!
I would suggest Latin for English-speaking people and Greek for Italians (I know this is but a tiny fraction of people, but I have personal reasons to consider it :°) and possibly all those speaking Latin-derived languages.
The reason is Latin is very rigorous and grammatically / lexically rigid.
To say one thing, there only is one right way in Latin: if you change a single word with a synonim or displace it in the sentence, either the sentence becomes wrong or it assumes another meaning. This trait persists to some extent in neolatin languages.
On the contrary, Greek is characterized by a number of words that can assume any meaning depending on how you position and associate them (something like "get" in English), and you can play with ordering and associating words to let a single word assume an infinite series of semantic and evocative results. Which is more like English than Italian, or French. (don't know anything about German).
The nice thing is that when you discover the power of the alternative way of using words (e.g. when I discovered the unexpected ways words could be used and combined in ancient Greek language) your relation with your mother-tongue (in my case, Italian) becomes much more plastic and rich, and your approach to another language (inn my case, English and "use of English") becomes much easier.