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The Latin Facebook Challenge: How Long Will You Last? Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Latin Language

So, for this week’s post- I would like to challenge all my readers to make a drastic change to their Facebook accounts. Are you game?

Use Latin on Facebook! Like a Boss!

Use Latin on Facebook! Like a Boss!

This challenge is to change the language setting on your Facebook to Latin or lingua latina.  Don’t worry only the Facebook language will change! Your friend’s posts, messages, events, shares, and likes will still be in your original language. I will provide the steps on how to change your language and change it back. I will also give some basic vocabulary to assist in you in using your Facebook.

So, how long do you think you can last with Latin all over your Facebook?*How many new phrases will you pick up? Do you think it will help with learning the language? I will be changing my language to Latin for a week! Will you join me?

*[ WITHOUT CHANGING IT BACK TO YOUR PRIMARRY LANGUAGE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT SOMETHING MEANS]?

 

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR LANGUAGE:

  1. At the top of your Facebook bar, it will read Your Name, Home, friends icon, message icon, notifications icon, a lock icon, and then a downwards triangle.
  2. Click on the downwards triangle.
  3. Select Settings
  4. Under General Settings, edit languages, and then select “lingua latina.”
  5. Save Changes
  6. Behold! You are now a Latinist!

 

CHANGES:

The most immediate change will be on the Settings page that you are still on. Most changes will be obvious because they look very similar to their original forms.

Generales (General),Securitas (Security),Privitas (Privacy), Applicationes (Applications) and so on.

OR, most changes will have obvious meaning to you since you are so familiar to Facebook’s layout.

Domus= “Home”

Quaere homines, locos, et res= “to search people, places, and things” [In the search bar]

 

THE HOME PAGE OR DOMUS:

In the side bar:

Historia Nuntiorum = News Feed

Epistulae = Messages

Paginae= Pages

Greges=Groups

Applicationes= Apps.

Amici= Friends

Studia=Interests

STATUS UPDATES

Statum Renova= Update Status

Imagines/Pelliculas adde= Add Pictures/ Video

Imago= Picture

Locus= Place

Quid in animo tuo est= What is on your mind?

[Audience] Publicum (Public), Amici (Friends), Ego Sola/Solus (I, myself) Propius(custom)

[Tagging People in Statuses] Quocum es= With whom are you? Who are you with?

Affige= Post

Muta= Change/Edit

Muta Serva= Save Changes

Mutatum= Edited (Meaning this post has already been edited)

Promove= Promote

FRIEND STATUS

Mihi Placet = It pleases me. “Like”

Mihi Displicet= It is displeasing. “Unlike”

*Sometimes you will see placent if a friend has “liked” several things.

Sentiam scribere= to write a comment. “Comment”

Partire= To Share

Hoc [Insert Name] placet et [some number] alii= This is pleasing to [person] and to [number] others. OR [Person] and [Number] others like this.

[some number] imagines novas addidit= Someone added some number of new pictures

distribuit= One of your friends shared a picture, post, video, or page.

 

FEELINGS & DOINGS in a Post

Sentiens= Feeling

  • These emotions will either be in the feminine or masculine depending on your gender.
  • laeta/laetus (happy), optima/optimus (great), amata/amatus (loved), vexata/vexatus(vexed), misera/miserus (sad/miserable), commota/commotus (shaking/excited).
  • You can look up how you are feeling by using this wonderful tool: here.

Spectans= Watching

Legens= Reading

Audiens= Listening

YOUR PAGE

Linea Temporis= Line of Time; Timeline

Informatio= Information/About

Imagines= Pictures

Amici= Friends

Loci= Places

Plura-More

TIME & PLACE

abhinc circa unam horam= around one hour ago

abhinc 18 horas= 18 hours ago

Heri= Yesterday

Months can be found here.

prope [City]= near that city

 

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR LANGUAGE BACK:

  1. At the top of your Facebook bar, it will read Your Name, Home, friends icon, message icon, notifications icon, a lock icon, and then a downwards triangle.
  2. Click on the downwards triangle.
  3. Select Optiones
  4. Under General Settings, edit languages, and then select your original language
  5. Save Changes or Muta Serva
  6. Behold! You are no long a Latinist!

 

So did you last the week?

 

(If you do not have a Facebook account; here is a helpful video to assist you in setting one up.)

 

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About the Author: Brittany Britanniae

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Comments:

  1. Hedvig:

    Huh…sorry for the delay. Facebook is still up and running in Latin. Got used to it quite a bit. What used to be alien and confusing at the beginning, now is part of the visual image. I have to admit, that as time passed by I was paying less and less attention to the words and rely more and more on the structure of the website. To put in another way I was using the visual cues to help me out navigating on the website. Another issue I found is that the translation is not complete. What I mean is that although the categories on the left are in Latin, the items in it are still written in English. All in all i feel only partially immersed into ‘lingua latina’ and this allows me to find ways to get around the challenge evoked by the change in language.

    Cheers,
    Hedvig

  2. Gabriele:

    Magni momenti mutationes mihi, amice, obtulisti ad imaginum librum Latine reddendum renovandumque. Gratias tibi ago sed in posterum iis uti malo. Vale. Gabriele

  3. Michael:

    I don’t mind at all. I can speak Latin :p

  4. Denis Rivard:

    People looking at my Facebook page wont see it in latin. I understand that I’ll be the only one seeing it in latin, true?

    • Brittany Britanniae:

      @Denis Rivard Yes. Only you will be able to see the Latin.