With (hopefully) some more free time this summer, I’m looking into learning the scientific name of plant species. All the Latin names remind me of Spanish class. If I learned anything from Spanish class, it’s that I remember words best when I know their meaning.
A handy dictionary called Botanary helps with just that.
Now when I learn about a new plant–say, Shepard’s purse–I can look up the meaning of the genus and species name. For Shepard’s purse, Capsella bursa-pastoris, Capsella means “little box”; bursa means “purse”; and pastoris means “Shepard”.
All that high school Spanish is finally coming in handy! (Just kidding. It’s been handy before this, too.)