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Vocabulary Blog: Latin Word of the Week

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Apr 05, 2016

Help with translation: Not for Self, But for Others

Hello! I am looking for a correct translation, english to latin, on how to say another before myself and the needs of others are greater than my own, and

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Apr 05, 2016

Sola Scriptura Ablative or Nominative Case?

Is this correct? The adjective (sola) and the noun (scriptura) are in the ablative case rather than the nominative case -wiki Is a macron required in

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Apr 05, 2016

Luctor on my family crest

Hi I've just recently found my family crest and on the top its got (Luctor) on the top what does this mean?? Thanks Hi, Ryan. It means I struggle.

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Sep 07, 2015

How to Say YES and NO in Latin

Students just starting out in Latin always want to know how to say YES and NO. While Latin has no words that translate directly to yes and no, there are several common ways to express the affirmative and the negative. Here are a few of the most useful.

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Sep 03, 2015

Gender agreement in translation: Ob infirmam valetudinem

I'm trying to traslate a passage about Caesar's death and one of the sentences is Idibus Martiis Caesar ob infirmum valetudinem domo exire dubitavit. How

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Jul 17, 2015

Vocabulary Strategies: Teaching Compound Latin Roots

Effective vocabulary strategies: Teaching compound Latin roots helps students not only learn a new root word, but also reinforce and expand familiar vocabulary.

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Jul 09, 2015

Latin Translation: Courage Life Hope

Hello! I'm planning out a tattoo of a semicolon (to signify my fight against my depression and how I have chosen to keep living my story instead of ending

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Jul 01, 2015

135th Anniversary

Hello, A friend of mine is writing a story and needs to know how to say 135th Anniversary in Latin. Like Centennial, but 135. If you like, you may name

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Jun 30, 2015

Ova et Ostreas

Dear Latin Teacher, Please Translate from Latin to English: Coquus ova et ostreas gustationi coquere voluit. Dear Anonymous, The cook wanted to

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Jun 30, 2015

I Came, I Saw, I Will Conquer

Hello, I would like to know what the Latin translation would be for: I came, I saw, I will conquer. I Googled this but I feel like the translation

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Jun 16, 2015

Latin Vocabulary: Yes No

Salve, Magister! If I'm asked Estne puella pulchra?, I can answer with ita or nego, but don't these terms translate to in this manner! and I deny? How

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Jun 16, 2015

Is a demonstrative pronoun necessary? (Julius love his homeland)

For example when translating from English to Latin, Julius loves his homeland, would eius be used. Therefore would the answer be Julius eius patria amat?

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Jun 16, 2015

Latin Vocabulary Words: Hiatus or Lacuna? The Latin Word of the Week Returns.

Two Latin vocabulary words to help build lesson plans and vocabulary for everyone. They also help explain why the Latin Word of the Week disappeared for two months!

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Jun 12, 2015

In yourself you can trust

Hello, What would be the correct translation for In yourself you can trust Thanks, John Dear John, You can trust in yourself is Tibi credere

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Jun 11, 2015

Vocabulary Lesson Plans

Browse the best vocabulary lesson plans from a NY state certified Latin teacher. Create lessons based on Greek and Latin roots for all students in every subject area.

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Jun 11, 2015

Latin translation: Vincit qui se vincit

Vincit qui se vincit... I know that this translates to he conquers who conquers himself. What would be the feminine equivalent of this? Thank you!

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Jun 04, 2015

We struggle and emerge

Luctor et emergo means I struggle and emerge. What would the translation be if it was the plural We struggle and emerge? Dear Edward, Luctamur et emergimus.

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Jun 03, 2015

carpe librum

Hi. I would like to use a playful catch phrase for my fellow bookworms. I've seen online that carpe librum supposedly means seize the book or enjoy the

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Jun 02, 2015

To You and All Who Wander the Lonely Mountain Trails of This World

What is the correct translation of the following: to you, and all of those who wander the lonely mountain trails of this world... 1.vobis quod totus illorum

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Jun 02, 2015

Two-thirds of a century

Dear Latin Teacher: Centennial, bicentennial, tricentennial, etc. are familiar Latin-based words that name a period of time. I've also seen the prefix

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Jun 02, 2015

Latin Translation

Hello, We are attempting to print some sales literature with the latin translation of In the blood there is truth. We all know enough to be dangerous.

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May 30, 2015

Ask a Latin Teacher

Worthless we may seam, but sometimes it's best to ask a Latin teacher. So what do you want to know?

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May 30, 2015

The Abominable Snowman: Peter Cushing uses Latin

Dear Latin Teacher, In the movie The Abominable Snowman, Peter Cushing uses a phrase that sounds like Homo Pestans, which he then translates to mean Man

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May 29, 2015

Latin Mottos: College of Life, etc.

Hi, Very sorry to bother you. I am an author, currently writing a book about a fictional utopian college. The college is known as the 'College of Inventions'

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May 29, 2015

Latin phrase: Nothing is difficult for the Brave and Faithful

Would you be able to translate the phrase below from English to Latin? I've included two forms if it makes translation easier. 1. For the brave and faithful,

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May 29, 2015

Haec scripsi non otii abuntantia....

Here is the sentence: Haec scripsi non otii abuntantia, sed amoris erga te I found that this translates to: I have written this, not from having an abundance

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Jan 21, 2015

Build a Vocabulary Lesson Plan Around a Single Latin Root.

Create a fresh vocabulary lesson plan from just one Latin root word. Find printable vocabulary puzzles and online vocabulary quizzes.

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Jan 13, 2015

Elucidate new vocabulary words for your students: LUX, LUCIS!

Build English vocabulary from Latin roots. The Latin word LUX, LUCIS provides several derivatives from basic to advanced.

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Jan 13, 2015

Free Vocabulary Quizzes for Advanced English Vocabulary

We hope you find our vocabulary quizzes helpful in building English vocabulary. Each vocabulary quiz is keyed to a specific list of English derivatives from a single Latin root word.

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Dec 07, 2014

Ask a Latin Teacher about Vocabulary, Latin Roots, and English Derivatives

Need a Latin teacher to answer your question? From vocabulary roots and derivatives to literature or history, get answers from a NY certified latinist.

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