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Mar 14, 2004 00:37 # 20300

Stoic_Slaughter *** smiles...

Consistent languages

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I can't quite describe how much I love Latin. There are so many great things about it; for instance, it's consistent, as apposed to stupid, stupid English which is now giving way to the idiocy of "I wish I was" as apposed to "I wish I were". It's more concise than English as well, in that one word (we'll say, amo) can mean I love, I do love, and I am loving. Amo latinum...I am loving Latin. The sad thing about it is that no one can be fluent in it since it is indeed a dead language...(it was dismembered by Italian, Porteguese, French, Romanian, Spanish, and English helped too) but it is alive to me! ^_^

For my next trick, I shall make you all disappear.

Mar 14, 2004 07:50 # 20309

Magnifico *** replies...

Re: Consistent languages

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I plan to learn Greek and Latin in college; my friends who take it already in high school love it for how much sense it makes. I wonder, however, if the latin we know of is so perfect because it must invariably come from the official records of the most organized government in human history, or if the spoken language was as formulaic.

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Mar 14, 2004 18:20 # 20315

acid_reign * replies...

Re: Consistent languages

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You're God sent Stoic_Slaughter. I've been looking all over for a person who knows Latin but have been unable to find one.

There's a quote 'Cogito, Ergo Sum' which translates into English as 'I think, therefore I am'.

I put a little addition of my own to it which goes, 'I know, therefore I do'.

Could you please ( X infinity) translate that for me into Latin.
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NI

Mar 14, 2004 19:49 # 20316

Stoic_Slaughter *** replies...

Re: Consistent languages

Scio ergo ago
Or...scio igitur ago.
Whichever you prefer, because they both mean "I know, therefore I do."
Scio - I know, I do know, I am knowing.
Ergo, igitur - Therefore
Ago - I do, drive, discuss, live, or spend time (with)

Or if you wish for it to be emphatic, you could say "Ego scio ergo ago".

If anyone else wants some translation, I'm right here. I don't know everything, but I know quite a bit.

For my next trick, I shall make you all disappear.

This post was edited by Stoic_Slaughter on Mar 14, 2004.

Mar 14, 2004 20:24 # 20319

acid_reign * replies...

Re: Consistent languages

Thanks a lot.

NI

Mar 14, 2004 20:47 # 20320

Orchid *** throws in her two cents...

Re: Consistent languages

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Oops, I just read Stoics post and have to excuse because I didn't reply to yours. I've learned latin, too, for about seven years, in school, but wasn't too good. I got good marks though, but I think that's just because the teacher liked me ;)

Well, anyway, just saying that there's another latin learner on NAO you could ask things ;)

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Mar 14, 2004 21:51 # 20324

Jaz *** replies...

Re: Consistent languages

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Having five years of Latin under my belt, I dare to comment: Latin's precision only works one way. The language is so ambigous it isn't even funny. You basically can't ever take a single sentence out of context and translate it correctly. And we're not talking about "I love" versus "I am loving" ambiguity here, we're talking "You have eyes like the moon" versus "Your mother is an ugly salami".

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Mar 14, 2004 23:49 # 20335

Stoic_Slaughter *** replies...

Re: Consistent languages

You have an excellent point. That is true of course, but the thing I like about it is the fact that it will never change. Even if something is taken out of context and doesn't make sense, it will never make sense because the language is so consistent.

For my next trick, I shall make you all disappear.


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