Just in case (unlikely) anyone on this thread missed the OTHER Latin thread which is currently running, here's a cross post:
There's a very gifted Latin teacher who is actually a Latinist for the Vatican and who gives summer seminars in the US on spoken Latin; he's a big believer that Latin should be taught as a living language. I've never been able to attend any of his seminars but those who have are wildly enthusiastic. His name has slipped my mind but it's hovering just out of reach. There is also a web site, based in Finland, where world news is published in Latin--the only thing is, it's only updated every few weeks so it's usually stale news. There are various Latin chat rooms and threads, where you can discuss anything your heart desires as long as you do it in Latin. Some Elvis songs have been translated, performed, and put out on cassette in Latin. A guy named Henry Beard wrote a very popular book a few years ago translating a lot of modern expressions, pickup lines, etc., into Latin (see below). Several Dr. Seuss books are available in Latin, including How the Grinch stole Xmas, The Cat in the Hat, and Oh, The Places You'll Go (the last one a rather lame, weak translation, IMHO, but the others are outstanding). All the links you could want to all of this are probably available at www.latinteach.com, and if not you can find any Latin information or reference or web connection you want by posting a query on their chat group. If anyone really wants them, I have the words to "Bye-bye Miss American Pie" in Latin, but they're at home. They don't scan.
Important Latin Phrases
Die dulci fruere. Have a nice day.
Si hoc signum legere potes, operis boni in rebus Latinus alacribus et fructuosis potiri potes! If you can read this sign, you can get a good job in the fast-paced, high-paying world of Latin!
Sona si Latine loqueris. Honk if you speak Latin.
Ne auderis delere orbem rigidum meum! Don't you dare erase my hard disk!
Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam. I have a catapult. Give me all the money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head.
Gramen artificiosum odi. I hate Astroturf.
Furnulum pani nolo. I don't want a toaster.
Sentio aliquos togatos contra me conspirare. I think some people in togas are plotting against me.
Noli me vocare, ego te vocabo. Don't call me, I'll call you.
Cave ne ante ullas catapultas ambules. If I were you, I wouldn't walk in front of any catapults.
Canis meus id comedit. My dog ate it.
Illiud Latine dici non potest. You can't say that in Latin.
Vidistine nuper imagines moventes bonas? Seen any good movies lately?
Nullo metro compositum est. It doesn't rhyme.
Non curo. (or: Nihil mihi est.) Si metrum non habet, non est poema I don't care. If it doesn't rhyme, it isn't a poem.
Fac ut gaudeam. Make my day.
Braccae illae virides cum subucula rosea et tunica Caledonia-quam elenganter concinnatur! Those green pants go so well with that pink shirt and the plaid jacket!
Visne saltare? Viam Latam Fungosam scio. Do you want to dance? I know the Funky Broadway.
Re vera, potas bene. Say, you sure are drinking a lot.
Utinam barbari spatium proprium tuum invadant! May barbarians invade your personal space!
Utinam coniurati te in foro interficiant! May conspirators assassinate you in the mall (forum)!
Utinam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant! May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy!
Radix lecti Couch potato
Quo signo nata es? What's your sign?
Spero nos familiares mansuros. I hope we'll still be friends.
Mellita, domi adsum. Honey, I'm home.
Tam exanimis quam tunica nehru fio. I am as dead as the Nehru jacket.
Ventis secundis, tene cursum. Go with the flow.
Te precor dulcissime supplex! Pretty please with a cherry on top!
Magister Mundi sum! I am the Master of the Universe!
Fac me cocleario vomere! Gag me with a spoon!
Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure. I can't hear you. I have a banana in my ear.
Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari? How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Nihil est--in vita priore ego imperator Romanus fui. That's nothing--in a previous life I was a Roman Emperor.
Aio, quantitas magna frumentorum est. Yes, that is a very large amount of corn.
Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem! Stand aside plebeians! I am on imperial business.
Fac ut vivas. Get a life.
Insula Gilliganis Gilligan's Island
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