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Latin for beginners

Useful Latin phrases with handy English translations

Nescio quid dicas I don't know what you're talking about

Nemo hic adest illius nominis There is no one here by that name

Ita erat quando hic adveni. It was that way when I got here

Nihil declaro I have nothing to declare

Raptus regaliter Royally screwed

Ut si! As if!

Vescere bracis meis Eat my shorts

Noli me vocate. Ego te vocabo. Don't call me. I'll call you.

Fac ut vivas Get a life

Recedite, plebes! Gero rem imperialem Stand aside, little people! I am here on official business

Utinam barbari spatioum proprium tuum invadant May barbarians invade your personal space

Quo signo nata es? What's your sign?

Romani quidem artem amatoriam invenerunt... You know, the Romans invented the art of love...

Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in aure. I can't hear you. I have a banana in my ear.

Unitam logica falsa tuam philosophiam totam suffodiant May faulty logic undermine your entire philosophy

Cogito ergo sum I think, therefore I am

Cogito ergo doleo I think, therefore I am depressed

Senito aliquos togatos contra me conspirare I think some people in togas are plotting against me

Vah! Denuone latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur. Oh! Was I speaking Latin again? Silly me. Sometimes it just sort of slips out.

Nihili est - in vita priore ego imperator romanus fui That's nothing; in a previous life I was a Roman Emperor

Perscriptio in manibus tabellariorum est The check is in the mail

Bumper Stickers

Sona si latine loqueris Honk if you speak Latin

Balaenae nobis conservandae sunt Save the whales

Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscripti catapultas habebunt When catapults are outlawed, only outlaws will have catapults

Sic hoc adfixum in obice legere potes, et liberaliter educatus et nimis propinquus ades If you can read this bumper sticker, you are both very well educated, and much too close

Quid agis, medice? What's up, Doc?

Dic mihi solum facta, domina Just the facts, ma'am

Re vera, cara mea, mea nil refert Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn

Fac ut gaudeam Make my day

Diabolus fecit, ut id facerem! The devil made me do it!

Conlige suspectos semper habitos Round up the usual suspects

Names and Titles Translations of the names of some famous bands and television shows.

Cimictus The Beatles

Inlecebrae The Temptations

Lapides provolventes The Rolling Stones

Ille quis The Who

Mortui grati The Grateful Dead

Simitatores The Monkees

Pueri litoris The Beach Boys

Insula gilliganis Gilligan's Island

Zona crepusculi The Twilight Zone

Opus: quod fiere non potest Mission: Impossible

Dies felices Happy Days

Navis amoris The Love Boat

Iuvenes inquietesque The Young and the Restless

 

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