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Harry Potter language question

The spells in the Harry Potter books are in a kind of Latin. There is a Latin translation of the first Harry Potter book. What language are the spells in that? (PLEASE SAY GREEK!) What language are the spells in the Greek translation? (PLEASE SAY EGYPTIAN!)
posted by thatwhichfalls on Aug 25, 2016 - 9 answers

Learning Latin, sans school

What are your suggestions/resources for learning Latin independently, outside of school? I am a beginner, with access to a well-resourced library and the Internet. I'll keep this question brief and general, since I am open to any and all suggestions. Thanks!
posted by delight on Jan 8, 2016 - 11 answers

How to say "nature does make jumps" in latin?

As opposed to natura non facit saltus. Is it just natura facit saltus? I want to be emphatic that it does saltate. Google Translate and other translation systems are giving divergent answers.
posted by curuinor on Oct 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Can Someone Please Translate This Latin Sentence?

I urgently need this Latin sentence translated. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by Jangatroo on Aug 4, 2015 - 5 answers

Inversion of "Cogito ergo sum"?

I'm reaching for a phrase for a short science fiction piece I'm working on. I'd like to know what a Classical-Latin-speaking character would say if they wanted to articulate a particular concept analogous to "I think therefore I am", but expressing instead a monstrous moral conclusion they've reached along the lines of I think therefore none may be / shall be. [more inside]
posted by churl on Aug 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Tedium, tedii, tedio

I'm teaching a three-hour daily intensive college Latin class. Help me come up with ideas to relieve the mind-numbing boredom of endless drills and "The queen sent the letter to the citizens"-type sentences. [more inside]
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark on Jun 20, 2014 - 16 answers

Need an accurate English to Latin translation.

A friend of mine wants to get another tattoo, and the phrase he's picked to get inked is this: "I am the angel of death, not mercy." He would like for the ink to be in Latin, so obviously he wants to make sure the translation is spot-on. Any Latin scholars able to help with this? Thank you so much!
posted by shiu mai baby on May 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Latin legal phrase?

Does anyone know the Latin (?) phrase for when a judge authors both an opinion AND a special companion opinion (concurrence or dissent)?
posted by mmiddle on Jul 22, 2013 - 10 answers

List of simple word roots

I am looking for a text file of a list of words (roughly the 5000-10000 most common English words) and their root word and root word language. My Google Fu only turns up single words or pages that I can type in a word to get to another page to get the etymology. Wikipedia has some stuff, but it is sorted by language root, which is not what I am looking for. I would like to have a long list of words in a text file so that I can manipulate it programatically. Comma separated or whatever, any format would be great. Here is one use case: Yoke - [list of words that have yoke in the etymological history] (Many, many many English words come from the root work for Yoke.) All answers appreciated!
posted by Monkey0nCrack on May 16, 2013 - 6 answers

How to teach myself Latin?

I want to teach myself Latin. Where should I start? What are some good resources? Is it feasible? [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Apr 29, 2012 - 15 answers

May the sun never set on new zealand

Can anyone give me a rough translation of the Haka in Latin? [more inside]
posted by evil_esto on Nov 4, 2011 - 13 answers

How to study Latin and Greek more effectively?

Hey MeFites: I'm studying Latin and Greek at a university and starting to feel overwhelmed. Help me study more effectively! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2011 - 19 answers

Help with Latin translation

Language question (for a friend) - which is technically more correct in Latin? [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Mar 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Nominative? Genitive? Ablative? Help me memorize what is what!

Latin filter: I am taking a basic Latin course and am having a heck of a time memorizing case endings. Does anyone have any tips for memorizing these? I tried flash cards, which work really well for vocab, but not so well for cases. Do I just need to write them out hundreds of times?
posted by apricot on Dec 15, 2010 - 26 answers

ancient latin translation II

I have a lead medallion (about 150mm dia) which has the following inscription : side #1 ESAVO MC SM [] SORDCMPUAESE {picture of a pikeman} SV side#2 PCM POMEVSAVSEBVCIM * 1309 * {picture of a king} ED The A/R and U/V are a bit interchangable and the last M has three loops. Please find some scans here If anyone could translate or tell me more about it I would be very grateful. All the best Dren
posted by Dren on Feb 21, 2010 - 7 answers

Short inscription in a very strange variety of Latin?

I'm working on an engraving with an inscription in a very strange version of Latin-- it has umlauts? Anyone know what this might say? [more inside]
posted by RedReplicant on Feb 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Something Ergo Sum?

My High School Latin Is Failing Me-Filter: What would a good translation of "I eat brains, therefore I am?" that keeps as close to the shortness of "cognito ergo sum" as possible?
posted by The Whelk on Feb 7, 2010 - 14 answers

Because Ceasar never gave honor to Sheetrock...

Is this Latin correct? or Perhaps: How incorrect is this Latin? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Dec 9, 2009 - 3 answers

Amo Amas Awhat?

Is there a Medieval Linguist in the house? I need a very short conversation between Cistercian nuns in Saxony translated into Medieval Latin. Any help so I don't sound like a complete idiot warmly welcomed. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 23, 2009 - 7 answers

Better way to say "datacentre"?

Is there a more elegant, grammatical or pedantic way to say "datacentre"? Both words have Latin origins, but there seems to be something clumsy about that combination. Should it be a datumcentre? One word, two words or hyphenated?
posted by TheophileEscargot on May 28, 2009 - 28 answers

Yo quiero ser multi-lingual.

How can I maintain reading/writing (and perhaps speaking) competency in a foreign language while maintaining a reasonable schedule? [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane on Apr 8, 2009 - 7 answers

Cogito, ergo I Long to Learn Latin.

Help a linguistics-obsessed college student learn Latin via the magic of the interwebs. [more inside]
posted by fantine on Nov 25, 2008 - 19 answers

Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

And that's very nearly the limit of my Latin, such as it is. Is Latin really a supremely clear and precise language? [more inside]
posted by bryon on May 9, 2008 - 21 answers

I want you 2nd century bastards off my exquisite Roman lawns!

How do you say "Damn kids, get off my lawn!" in Latin? [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel on Mar 25, 2008 - 17 answers

Translate "Maxime, si tu vis, cupio contendere tecum"?

Maxime, si tu vis, cupio contendere tecum. Need help translating this "detestable Latin hexameter" (well, that's what the 1911 Britannica called it, anyway). [more inside]
posted by mediareport on Dec 16, 2007 - 15 answers

Help me learn Latin while not abandoning my family

I'm taking an intensive language course (6-hours-per-day, 5-days-per-week in the classroom and additional study is expected) and want to rock it. But I also want to have a life. What are your best tricks for intensive language acquisition or balancing such intensive study with life? [more inside]
posted by terceiro on Jun 7, 2007 - 17 answers

What's a word meaning "having mixed Greek and Latin roots"?

I need to find the word meaning "a word with mixed Latin and Greek roots." It's not just "hybrid word," but a word that specifically indicated Greek and Latin origins. I've had several people remark that they know it but can't think of it, and my search skills have failed thusfar.
posted by luftmensch on May 6, 2007 - 10 answers

Plagam mortiferam infligere.

WordFilter: I'm looking for another word for "post mortem". Ideally something that has less death in it. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Apr 4, 2007 - 37 answers

What is Latin for 'Boys will be boys'?

Latin speakers: What is Latin for the expression 'Boys will be boys'? [more inside]
posted by BorgLove on Mar 25, 2006 - 10 answers

Book Recommendations: History of Romance Languages

I'm looking for books on the history of the Romance Languages. [more inside]
posted by bshort on Nov 22, 2005 - 8 answers

The Spanish World Wide Web.

I need to practice my spanish. [more inside]
posted by oddman on Nov 7, 2005 - 7 answers

Spanish and Polish/Czech language CDs

Recommendations for learning Spanish and Polish or Czech via CD? [more inside]
posted by desuetude on Nov 2, 2005 - 10 answers

Why should ancient foreigners speak ancient English?

Why is the dialogue in Rome all in quasi-Shakespearean English? [more inside]
posted by skryche on Sep 1, 2005 - 36 answers

History of the abbreviation R.I.P.

The abbreviation R.I.P. stands for the Latin "Reqiescat in Pace." I'm trying to get past the insensitivity of not bothering to spell out the epitaph on someone's tombstone and instead concentrate on understanding why and how this convention originated. [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard on Feb 23, 2005 - 25 answers

In the famous line from the Aeneid "Quidquid id est, timeo danaos et dona ferentis", why is ferentis in the genitive?

[Language(hat)Filter] In the famous line from the Aeneid "Quidquid id est, timeo danaos et dona ferentis", why is ferentis in the genitive? [plus intus] [more inside]
posted by sbutler on Jan 7, 2005 - 9 answers

Name that ancient Roman passage

Help me rediscover a passage from an Ancient Roman writer. [let's go] [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Dec 9, 2004 - 6 answers

The word "stat"

Where does the word "stat" come from, as in "Give me 20ccs of Ringer's Lactate, stat!"?
(I know it means quickly, but what's its origin?)
posted by jpburns on Dec 13, 2003 - 10 answers

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