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Conversational Latin Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 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!!

 

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!!!

 

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About the Author:Brittany Britanniae

Hello There! Please feel free to ask me anything about Latin Grammar, Syntax, or the Ancient World.


Comments:

  1. Nacho:

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

  2. Melanie:

    This is a great page. Thanks for posting!


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