Originally Posted by matadorpoeta
both the germanic and romance languages have latin roots.
Sorry to nitpick, but no, they don't.
A lot of people assume English has Latin roots because it incorporates a lot of Latin-esque prefixes, suffixes, and grammatical rules. But it's technically an offshoot of the old Germanic language that eventually split into German, Dutch, and Anglo-Saxon (the predecessor of English). English is best described as a Germanic language that has assimilated a fair amount of Greek, Latin, and French influences over time.
Fairly interesting book on the subject:http://www.amazon.com/Mother-Tongue-...4285292&sr=8-1
For a book about linguistics and etymology, it's a surprisingly entertaining read. I swear.
Originally Posted by trex
it is only germanic in the manner in which it is structured, but most of the words have a latin origin as what is now England once belonged to the roman empire.
English is more closely related to German than to the Romance languages or to Latin. The Latinate elements of English were added after the language was first developed.