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Roman Hello

by Steve

Dear Latin Teacher,

How would a Roman say, "Hello, my name is Steve"?

Thank you.

Dear Steve,

A simple Roman Hello: Salve, mihi nomen est Stephanus. Or, if you are speaking to more than one person: Salvete, mihi nomen est Stephanus.

A literal translation of this Roman Hello is: Be well, to me the name is _____. Latin often shows possession using the dative case: mihi.

Therefore, to ask the question, "What is your name?" Salve, quid est nomen tibi? Or, in the plural, Salvete, quae sunt nomina vobis?

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



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