I'm trying to write a letter to a friend in Latin, but I do not trust google translate. Help?

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    The common words for remembering and forgetting are actually quite weird in Latin, so the grammar here won't be straightforward: I wouldn't trust Google Translate at all on this.
    – Draconis
    Jun 22, 2017 at 0:11

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I find memor to be rather evocative, so here's another straightforward translation:

Semper memor ero tui.

Rough translation:

I will always be mindful of you.

"Mindful" is a decent stand-in, though as far as I'm aware memor doesn't have the additional "watchful" meaning.

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    (You might add the literal translation, if you can come up with a good English adjective for "memor".)
    – Draconis
    Jun 22, 2017 at 2:28

I will not/never forget you = nōn/numquam tuī oblīviscar

(The marks above the vowels are optional; they mark a pronunciation difference that disappeared in later Latin.)

  • "I" is usually omitted in Latin, unless you want your identity to be very emphatic. The verb form makes it unambiguous without an extra word.
  • nōn is "not", plain and simple.
  • numquam is "never". Either one works here.
  • tuī is the genitive singular of tu, "you". (This is a weird verb that takes the genitive when referring to people.)
  • oblīviscar is the first singular future deponent indicative of oblīviscor, "to forget about". (The r at the end looks passive, but this verb uses passive forms with an active meaning.)

I will (always) remember you = (semper) tuī meminerō

  • semper is "always".
  • tuī, as above, because this is another of those rare verbs which take the genitive.
  • meminerō is, weirdly enough, in the future perfect tense: the verb meminī "to remember" doesn't have a normal future tense (or a present tense, for that matter), so the future perfect is used in its place.

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