Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas. - Happy is the person who understands reasons for things.
That's our school motto. _________________ We are all like specks of dust, floating around amidst the universe and trying to make something of ourselves in this transcendent, independent continuum of space and time...
I really need to stop going on this forum due to time constraints.
Joined: Oct 17, 2009 Age: 45 Posts: 5754 Location: Vancouver, BC
Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2009 12:59 pm Post subject:
loquo modo lingua Latine quem me docuit mater. [I speak the Latin my mother taught me]
I am a big fan of Latin, I have a bunch of my favourite kid-lit in Latin:
Alicia in Terra Mirabilis
Aliciae per Speculum Transitus
Ursus Nomine Paddington
Winnie ille Pu
Winnie ille Pu Semper Ludet
Quomodo Invidiosulus Nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit
Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis
Harrius Potter et Camera Secretorum
Tella Charlottae _________________ --James
Not very difficult, since a lot of the vocabulary is in common with English. The nouns are declined and have five main cases, nominative (the subject), genitive (like the possessive case. "of the"), dative (the indirect object, or object of a preposition. "to the/for the"), accusative (the direct object of a transitive verb), and ablative (which is mostly the same as the dative case in spelling, but in meaning it is usually the cause of the action or the agent. "by the").
The verbs also are conjugated, as verbs usually are, and their meaning is altered by the attachment of prepositions such as trans- "across", ad- "to", de- "of", ex- "out of/from", et omnia cetera.
Joined: Oct 21, 2009 Age: 22 Posts: 240 Location: New Zealand
Posted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:17 pm Post subject:
Aurum potestas est!
Dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori...
And of course, all the anatomical terms... cranialis, caudalis, superficialis, profundus, gracilis, lateralis, medialis...
And that is probably the extent of my Latin vocabulary - although I warn you, languages are one of my special interests, so I'll be loitering here and reading everything you post to try and learn more!