I had to study Latin at school too. Text about wars with the Gauls. Hannibal crossing on elephants, et al. Without any historical context in my young years confusion on events and translation ruled in my mind leading to frequent canings because they were allowed in those days. Our saying was 'Latin is a language as dead as dead can be. It killed all the Romans and now it's killing me'.
Not true language wise of course, because much of English has words based on Latin, spread here in the UK from William the First's 1066 invasion of Britain from Normandy, now formed into the collective regions of France. And French, along with the Mediterranean languages is rooted in Latin. Not so dead as we were led to believe as boys.
And if anyone wishes to contradict this, be aware the word comes from the Latin contra, meaning against, and dico, meaning I say. Video, I see. Audio. I hear. Many more examples available.