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Latin Tattoo: I Am Strong

by Sarah
(Grimsby UK)

Dear Latin Teacher,


What is I AM STRONG in Latin? I am getting a tattoo and fancy this phrase to remind me that I am in fact strong.

Thanks, Sarah


Dear Sarah,

The simplest phrase for your Latin tattoo is sum fortis. It means literally I am strong or I am brave. The Latin adjective fortis can be either masculine or feminine. It can refer to both physical strength and mental strength.

Hope this helps and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.

Sincerely,

John

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I'm Strong (again)
by: Kristen

Hello!

I've searched a lot about how to say "I'm strong" in Latin and I'm still confused. So to be brief, can I use "valeo" instead of "fortis sum"?

Please help me with this! Thank you so much.



Dear Kristen,

Yes, you can say valeo for I am strong, I am healthy.

Thank you for contributing,

Sincerely,

John


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Latin Translation: I am a Fighter
by: Queenie

Can you please let me know how to say "I am a fighter" in Latin? I would really like to know what it is. Thank you.


Try pugnator sum, I am a fighter. It's related to pugnare (to fight), pugnus (fist), and pugio (dagger). You can see the root of the English words pugnacious and repugnant.

A few years ago, this was my Latin Word of the Week. (Say, I should start doing those again!) See this link about how to ace the Vocabulary SAT with Latin Derivatives.

Hope this helps, and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.

Sincerely,

John


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Strong Soul
by: Vincent

I am also looking to desecrate my body with a tattoo lol. I have done some research and found that Animus durus is the masculine form of Strong Soul In latin.Let me know, Am I right? please and thank you :)

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Strong heart
by: anonymous

I am looking for a Latin word or phrase expressing my heart is fragile but I am strong. Something like that.

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Strong heart
by: anonymous

I am looking for a Latin word to get tattooed meaning strong heart or strong love.

I also thought of maybe I am strength or I am strong. If you can help me find the right Latin word(s).

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My Soul Is With You
by: Anonymous

How would you say: my soul is with you. My father used to say it to me and I want to get a tattoo in his honour, but do not want to get the wrong spelling.

Thank-you


The immortal soul is animus, and so your Latin phrase would read: animus meus est tecum.

The word order will depend upon how your father stressed the words in English. If the stress is to be on the words "with you", change the phrase to read: tecum est animus meus.

In Latin sayings the verb "to be" is not really needed, either. So to make a shorter, more concise tattoo: tecum animus meus -- My soul (is) with you.

John



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QUESTION
by: Anonymous

i would like to ask how to translate " i am but one" in latin..if anybody knows

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Latin Tattoo: Be Strong
by: harpreet

Hi,

You may be able to help me just as with the original I would like a tattoo but with the words of "Be Strong". Can you tell me what this translates to in Latin and also what the definition/s means in Latin.

Thank you..

Regards

Harpreet



Dear Harpreet,

The Romans said "be strong" to one another nearly every time they parted company or finished a personal letter. The Latin verb vale, valete in the plural, means literally "be strong" but was used to mean "good-bye".

So your best translation of "be strong" is vale for singular and valete for plural. However, there is a strong connotation of good-bye.

An alternative literal translation is to use the adjective fortis, meaning strong, and the imperative es or este, meaning be.

So you have fortis es for singular and fortes este for plural.

In a looser translation, the Latin phrase animo firmo es means be of a strong mind or have a strong spirit. The plural would be animis firmis este.

Hope this helps, and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.

Sincerely,

John

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Latin lives
by: Magistra W.

What a lasting statement about Latin's staying power.

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