latinforyou.com seems to be a world-wide phenomenon! Here is a partial list of the hometowns of people who have had some Latin translation work done through this site. I appreciate the confidence you all have had in my skills and experience! In no particular order:
Quebec City, Athens, Chelmsford, Mississauga, Vancouver, Helsinki, Tianjin (China), Orange (Texas), Rockley (Australia), Esko (Minnesota), Coorparoo (Australia), Hong Kong, Portage (MIchigan), Meelo (Netherlands), Sturminster Newton (UK), Margburg (Germany), Changsha (China), Trondheim (Norway), New Kabul Compound (Afganistan), San Diego, Portland, Woodstock (Ontario), Martinsburg (West Virginia), Bournemouth, Berwick (Australia), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Oshkosh (Wisconsin), Estevan (Saskatchewan), London (UK), Belgium
In one randomly selected week (June 2-8, 2014) we had visitors from 65 countries:
Britain, USA, Australia, Canada, Norway, Belgium, Philippines, Singapore, Costa Rica, India, Peru, Finland, Ireland, Serbia, Sweden, Bulgaria, Denmark, Czech Rep., Turkey, Viet Nam, Spain, Indonesia, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Iraq, New Zealand, Slovenia, South Africa, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Trinidad & Tobago, Japan, Netherlands, South Korea, Switzerland, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Lebanon, Italy, Cyprus, Hungary, Estonia, Thailand, Macao, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Romania, Yemen, Ukraine, Greece, Argentina, Russia, Austria, Portugal, Georgia, Latvia, Oman, Myanmar, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iran . . .
Let's keep a running tab on all visiting nations. So, to the above we can add Puerto Rico, Colombia, Mauritius, Moldova, Chile, Palastine, Jersey, Macedonia, Krygyzstan, Kenya, Barbados, Ghana, Qatar, Reunion, Venezuela, Bangladesh, Jamaica, Iceland, Nepal, Kuwait, Albania, Mongolia, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Luxembourg, Malta, Ecuador (93 and more to come) . . .
I watched an old Wayne and Shuster skit - The Burning of Rome - from the 1970's. The following four gags from that.
Two Romans are in a taberna. The first says to the waitress, "I'll have a pizzum." The second says, "I'll have a pizzum as well." The waitress calls to the cook, "That's two pizza!". Then the first Roman (Johnny Wayne) turns to the camera and says, "That didn't get a big laugh here, but it went over big in the high schools".
The Burning of Rome, from the epic poem by Vergil, Fidicen in Tecto Fervido (Fiddler on the Hot Roof).
Looking at an attractive girl, a Roman says, "As Catullus said 'Aedificata similis Colosseo latericio' - she was built like a brick amphitheatre"
And finally as a lead-in to a commercial break, "Ars longa, ad infinitum" (Art is long, commercials are forever).
A Roman walks into a taberna and asks the caupo (inn-keeper) for a martinus. The inn-keeper says, "Don't you mean a martini?" The Roman says, "If I want a double, I'll order one!" (thanks to Wayne & Shuster)
The same Roman decides to have a beer instead. He gives in his order and holds up two fingers. The inn-keeper brings him 5 . . . think about it.
Two Cyclopes are eating their dinner. One picks a staff up out of his dish and says, "Hey! there's a crook in my shepherd's pie!"
Okay, for pure Latin: Te salutare volo. Itaque tibi mitto navem sine prora et puppe. The answer is "Ave". If you remove the prow (first letter) and stern (last letter) from the word navem, you are left with "ave", the Latin word for 'Hello'. The neat part is that, if you translate the joke into English IT STILL WORKS!!. "I want to greet you. So I am sending you a ship with prow or stern." If you remove the front and back from "ship" you're left with "Hi".
Essential Latin is a non-grammatical way to learn how to become functionally literate in Latin. The course is designed to learn Latin by reading 'genuine' Latin; either ancient Latin text or Latin tags and lines which are used in modern English. The Latin we'll be reading will be known or recognizable. That way, the grammar we learn will make sense quicker since we'll be seeing it being used in familiar territory.
The following is a sample of the Essential Latin course; the first chapter.
If you would like to learn more Latin via the "Essential Method" you can take the Introductory Latin Course through the Department of Continuing Studies at the University of British Columbia. If you have any questions, you can ask the good folks at Continuing Studies through this link.
This first step has two things to tell us: how the Romans knew which word in a sentence was the subject and how they said “I am”. First the subject.
The subject in Latin is shown by a form of the noun called the ‘nominative’. So all we need to know are the endings they used to let their readers know they were looking at (or hearing) a nominative/subject.
The 3rd declension is a fairly large group of nouns. Unfortunately, there are too many singular endings to list (e.g., cancer, pax, leo, tempus, labor). For the sake of simplicity, we will learn them by seeing them sitting beside the handful of endings that we are learning.
The verb ‘to be’ is actually quite simple, especially if you know basic French. You might wonder why a text that is focusing on functional literacy is right off the start teaching such a specific thing. Well the verb ‘to be’ is HUGELY important in all languages and it also irregular in all languages. Think about the English – ‘I am’, ‘you are’, ‘he is’. What other English verb does that? For those of you who have even a bit of French, I am giving a trilingual chart. If you don’t know any French, think of this as a bonus.
Nunc legamus Latinam! (Now let’s read some Latin!) All of the following are nominative nouns and adjectives with a few forms of the verb ‘esse’ thrown in for good measure.
acta non verba
addenda (usually paired with corrigenda)
annus horribilis (QE II – 1992)
annus mirabilis (Dryden – 1666)
annus terribilis (1348)
ars longa vita brevis (Hippocrates)
alea iacta est (Julius Caesar)
ars poetica (Horace)
aurea mediocritas (Horace)
caeca amor est
caeca invidia est (Livy)
cor unum, via una (Mt. Allison)
corrigenda (usually paired with addenda)
corruptissima re publica plurimae leges (Tac.)
dulce et utile (Horace)
dum vita est, spes est
facta non verba
fons et origo
fortis et liber
hoc opus, hic labor est (Virgil)
magna charta (King John 1215)
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus
O tempora! O mores! (Cicero)
persona non grata
rara avis (Juvenal)
Sammus sum (Dr. Suess)
Sapientia Doctrina Stabilitas (Queen’s)
semper fidelis (U.S. Marine Corps)
semper paratus (Boy Scouts)
SPQR – Senatus Populusque Romanus
sic vita est
ursa maior / ursa minor
Did you notice how much Latin you already knew?
You can probably add some Latin lines and tags that you know – feel free!
I’m sure you spotted several of those ‘various’ nominative singulars. They weren’t hard to figure out, because you knew all of the nouns were nominative. But you also often saw them standing beside other nominatives.