Conversational Latin

Posted on 23. Apr, 2014 by in Latin Language

While Latin is often used to decipher antiquated texts from ancient Rome; sometimes, it is spoken for fun and colloquial purposes. Here is a great way to talk with your friends in Latin, impress your professors, or even start a fun hobby!

 

Conversational Latin Phrases for Today:

English Greetings Latin Greetings:
Hi! Heus!
Good morning!/Good evening!/Welcome! Salvē!
What’s your name? Quid est teum nōmen?
My name is … Meum nōmen … est.
How are you? Quid agis?
I’m fine, thanks! Valeō!
And you? Et tū?
Good/ So-So. Bene / admodum bene.
Thank you (very much)! Grātias (multas)
You’re welcome! (for “thank you”) Salūtātiō!
Hey! Friend! Heus! Amīcus (male) / Amīca (female)
I missed you so much! Tē dēsīderāvī tantum!
What’s new? Quid novī?
Nothing much Nullum multum.
Good night!/ See you later!/ Good bye! Valē!
How old are you? Quotōs annōs habēs?
I’m (twenty, thirty…) years old. (Vīgintī, trīgintā …) annōs habeō.
Asking for Help and Directions
I’m lost Intereō.
Can I help you? Te adiuvāre possum?
Can you help me? Me adiuvāre potes?
Where is the bathroom? Ubī sunt lātrīnae?
Go straight! then turn left/ right! Vāde rēctā. Tunc verte ā sinistrā / dextrā!
I don’t know what you are talking about. Necios quid dicas
One moment please! Parumper exspectā!
You’re very kind! Tū benignissimus (m) / benignissima (f) es!
I Don’t Understand!
 non intellego
Excuse me …! (to ask for something) Ignōsce!
What’s That Called In Latin? Quōmodo Lātinē hōc dīcitur?
What Is This? Quid hōc est?

While I have provided the basics, here is a great video series (Over 33 Videos!) on learning the prounication and more!!

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If you are looking for more lists of English to Latin translations; you can find them listed here.

 

If you are interested in improving you Latin abroad; check out the Paideai Institue and its Living Latin programs (here) or the Accademia Vivarum Novum (here).

 

Next Week, I do promise the Game of Thrones post. My research was postponed due to some dead ends, but next week look forward to Game of Thrones and Ancient Rome Part II!!!

 

About Brittany Britanniae

Hello There! My name is Brittany and I am a UC Riverside Graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in Classical Studies and Comparative Ancient Civilizations. I have studied Classical Latin and Ancient Greek for five years. My love of the ancient world stems from myths and movies such as : Gladiator, 300, Cleopatra, Rome, I, Claudius, and so on. Please feel free to ask me anything about Latin Grammar, Syntax, or the Ancient World.

One Response to “Conversational Latin”

  1. Nacho 24 April 2014 at 3:09 am #

    “Ut vales?” can also be used to say “how are you?”


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