If I want to say in Latin I speak Latin easily, I say:

In Latīnā facile loquere possum.

But if I want to add to this the idea that it is in my opinion that I speak Latin easily, do I simply use the dative of reference, like this:

In Latīnā tibi facile loquere possum?

  • Just so you know, there are a couple issues with your starting sentence. Perhaps you should also phrase that part as a question.
    – brianpck
    Jun 12, 2017 at 13:55

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Let me start by fixing your initial sentence. My take on translation:

I can speak Latin easily.
Latine facile loqui possum.

Important points:

  • You speak "Latinly", Latine, not "in Latin". I do not recall seeing the preposition in in this sense in Latin, but I could be mistaken. Nevertheless, the adverb (Latine, Anglice, Germanice…) is the typical way to express using a language in Latin.
  • The verb loqui is deponent, so you need to use formally passive forms. For example, it is loquor instead of loquo.

Next, I'll offer a completely different alternative. It is common to express such things with the supine ablative. My suggestion with an overly literal English translation:

Lingua Latina (mihi) facilis est locutu.
Latin language is easy (for me) with respect to speaking.

As brianpck suggested in a comment, this is another good option:

Facile est (mihi) Latine loqui.
It is easy (for me) to speak Latin.

Finally, let me answer your question. In English you could add a parenthetical "I think", like this:

Latin is easy to me, I think.

In Latin, a similar remark could be worded as credo (I believe) or puto (I think). The ut opinor suggested by Hugh is also a good option, and can be used similarly.

(Also, tibi is second person, meaning roughly "to you". Perhaps you meant mihi, but that would be weird, too.)

  • @brianpck's suggestion is definitely the more common way of saying that. Speed reading, I had to do a double take because I thought facilis est was a mistake here.
    – cmw
    Jun 13, 2017 at 1:03

There is a ready-made phrase, "ut opinor," which, in my opinion, avoids a lot of ambiguities and other problems.

Suggero 'ut opinor,' quamvis non examussim, ut opinor, tibi respondeo,
I suggest ut opinor, although I am not, in my opinion, answering you precisely.


If looking for a word meaning 'fluently' we have the authority of Cicero (Brutus, passim) himself. Keeping things simple, I suggest:

lingua latina solute utor, and

credo me lingua latina solute uti.

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