I am currently learning Latin and is a beginner. However, I am unsure of my answers and is looking for help to proofread and provide suggestions for improvement. Would appreciate all feedback I receive. Thank you.

  1. Therefore, I choose to work in the food and beverage industry because I can learn many skills from the cook. Igitur eligo operam in pabulo et pota industria quod possum disco multas sollertias ex coqua.

  2. I learned to use the knife to slice raw fish and prepare special and delicious desserts. Dicobam adhibeo cultum seco crudo pisco et paro peculiaram et delicatam secundam.

  3. I learned to make saffron salmon. Dicobam facio croceum salmum. [Salmon > Salmo however how should it be translated if it is a direct object/acc.)

  4. For I am happy, I will not complain of the long work hours and tough job. Enim sum fortunatus, ero non queror longam operam horas et tenax officio.


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Professional Latin tutor to the rescue:

For #1: "to work" is an infinitive verb, and "food and beverage" would be in the genitive (think "the industry of food and beverage"). Also, when there is a form of "possum," the verb that denotes what is abled is also in the infinitive. With respect to diction, I think cibus, cibi would better for food and operor (careful, this is a deponent verb). Further, verbs tend to go last in a clause. Therefore:

  1. Igitur (Ideo), in industriā cibī potūsque operārī eligō (optō), quod multās pertiās ē coquō/ā [depending on gender of the cook] discere possum.
    (words in parentheses are other suggested words which might better fit)

For #2: Most of the verbs aside from "learned" are either in the infinitive or in the subjunctive mood. Moreover, "dicobam" is not a word (at least in this context). Finally, you need to expand your sentences first "I learned how to..."


  1. (Quōmodō) cultrō uti ut piscem crudum secem et bellaria (secundās) eximia(-ās) deliciosa(-ās-)que parem discebām (didicī).
    (the (-ās) is used in place of the "-a" ending if the (secundās) is used. (Didicī) is the perfect tense.)

For #3: Salmon = *esicia. There is an adjective form of Saffron.


  1. Esiciam croceam facere discebam (didicī).

For #4: Happy=felix, or laetus, and always use the future tense of the verb itself, not the verb "to be."


  1. Nam felix (laetus) sum; dē longīs horīs operae et officiō difficillī non querebor.

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