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Is there any database on idiomatic expressions in Latin?

It is often said that one has an excellent command of a language when one is able to use it in an idiomatic way, which typically involves making use of Idioms and Collocations, i.a. There are many ...
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“Tears in rain” monologue in Latin

I've just read a Latin translation of the famous "Tears in rain" speech in the Blade Runner film. See its source in: I've seen things... "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships ...
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How do I say “this is why…”?

I've seen this meme circulating lately, pointing out one of the many valid reasons to learn to speak dead languages properly: My first thought was, "this is why we need to mark long vowels!" But I ...
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Second vs. third person in future imperative for a general rule or maxim

I am trying to translate "plan [in order] to achieve" into Latin. Is it more appropriate to use second ("meditator ut consequaris") or third person ("meditator ut consequatur") in future imperative ...
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Is this correct? dicunt somnia, sed oblivisci malorum sunt somnia nimis

dicunt somnia, sed oblivisci malorum sunt somnia nimis Does this translate to : they say dreams come true, but forget that nightmares are dreams too
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How to translate “A moment in my arms, a lifetime in my heart” for a tattoo?

I’m in need of some help with a translation from English to Latin. I’m in the middle of designing a tattoo and the client wants the sentence ‘A moment in my arms, a lifetime in my heart’ to be ...
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Alternative forms in second-person singular present active subjunctive [duplicate]

I am trying to translate "plan [in order] to achieve" into Latin. From the dictionary it looks like both "meditator ut consequaris" and "meditator ut consequare" are grammatically correct. Are they, ...
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Request for a Latin phrase as motto “God is highest/supreme”

I'm looking for someone that can help me produce a correct, coherent Latin phrase for a school project to be used as a motto, similar to the Marine Corps motto Semper Fidelis, etc. I would like the ...
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Name for a new music group - translation of “Heal the World”

I’m founding an early music group dedicated to donating to climate change action, and I’d love to name the group, “Heal the World”, but in Latin, rather than English. I’d be very grateful for ...
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How would one say “always learning in Latin?”

I'd like to translate the phrase "always learning" into Latin. I think it would be something like SEMPER DISCENS, but am not sure... What is the proper translation?
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Does this sentence I constructed with my junior high school latin work? I write online advertising and want to come off as snobby as possible

Essentially, I want to say something like: "If you read this, your will will be mine". (In a teasing way like, Who Reads This Is Stupid). I 'distilled' it as much as possible to "reader beware: your ...
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A Convenient Co-operation

Continuing with Q: "We Triumph While Our Enemy Sleeps"; SELDOM SCENE (5/7/2019): was astonished that soldiers would enjoy the luxury of sleep while an enemy army approaches; effectively, co-operating ...
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“Laughing our heads off” in Latin

As a follow-up of an interesting question on a typological classification of Latin (Are Latin verbs of motion satellite-framed or verb-framed? ), I was wondering if Latin has (semi)idiomatic ...
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“A killed B” translation

I hope this is the correct place to ask, I have 0 experience with Latin but need this one phrase translated. "A killed B" as in "Tom killed John". From what I understand, for my context the best ...
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“We are triumphant while our enemy sleeps” in Latin

Salvete! How would one say, “We are triumphant while our enemy sleeps.”? Gratias vobis ago!
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How do you say “Is it better to speak or to die?” in Latin?

I tried to translate it a few times but I am still not sure if I am right. The best translation I can come up with is, "Est melior loqui aut mori?" Please help.
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“Luck is for the unprepared”

"Luck is for the unprepared" is my personal motto. I have tried to translate it but I'm not confident that it has not been translated as "Luck is a gift to the unprepared", whereas I am looking for a ...
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How do I say “Remember to dream, to know thyself, and to keep above as below.” in Latin

How would I translate this sentence into Latin? I've done some digging on my own and I know that Temet nosce means know thyself and that somnium means dream. I don't know enough Latin to form ...
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“Never/do not forget, always remember” in Latin

I've looked around some forums and the translation I've got so far is: Ne Obliviscaris, Semper Commemoras I'm still not sure if this is correct. The context of the phrase that I wish to get the ...
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What is a “sockpuppet”?

Inspired by a recent meta question, which I had to write in English for lack of appropriate Latin vocabulary: A "sockpuppet", on the internet, is an alternate identity someone creates for nefarious ...
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Proper way to say “Traveler's Writ/Licence/Certificate”

I am looking for more or less the 'proper' (or any good approximation) way to translate a "Traveler's Writ," as in a certificate or license given to a traveler that allows him legal access to an area. ...
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What is the translation for: “for those I love I will sacrifice”

How can I translate "for those I love I will sacrifice" to Latin? I got several different answers from different sources: prō meīs nihil nōn patiar prō dīlēctīs nihil nōn patiar Iillis quos amo ...
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Could Atlas Ad Astra mean “A collection of maps to the stars”?

If Ad Astra means to the stars, and Atlas means a collection of maps, would Atlas Ad Astra convey the meaning that a collection of map? If not, what is the grammatical way of saying it?
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What is the correct translation for “The story is not over”?

What is the correct translation for "The story is not over"? "Story" here refers to the metaphorical story of our lives (so rather fabula than historia). "Not over" means that's not completed and that ...
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Translation of “Do it for her”

Could someone help me translate "Do it for her" into Latin? Context: The "it" refers to keep working, fighting, striving, while "her" actually refers to two persons; sometimes individually (so I'd ...
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What should we call the space beyond the world?

To the Romans, if I understand right, the word caelum "sky" incorporated everything above the earth: the atmosphere, the space beyond it, and even the thrones of the gods. But nowadays we divide ...
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How do I translate “Putting many ducks into space”?

I'm trying to find how to say "Putting many ducks into space" in the most proper way, but I have very little experience in Latin and so the different forms of words are somewhat confusing to me. What ...
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What would a Roman call modern necromancy?

Originally, the word necromantīa referred to a sort of divination using ghosts, like what Odysseus did on his journey home: he made an offering and summoned the shade of Tiresias, in order to ask him ...
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Would You Have a Great Empire--Revisited?

This is a follow-up to this older question. So "imperium habere vis magnum?" given as "Would you have a great Empire?". If this is indirect speech, then He (Publilius Syrus) said ...
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Keep on dreaming

My niece is turning 18 and I want to get her a bracelet with something in Latin engraved. Im looking for something in the lines of "keep on dreaming". Can anyone help?
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Translate in context

I have a very short partial sentence to translate in context from English to Latin. It is for a memorial to my brother. It is his photo then ... and the ones I have loved. How can I translate "and ...
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A latin word for “area of interest”

Looking for a word that expresses "Area of Interest", "Sphere of Interest" basically a word that expresses everything a person may be interested in. Google translate says "Rem" means interest, but ...
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A Quas/ Quarum Conflict

In North & Hillard Ex. 200; the following is to be translated into Latin: "He forgot all the wrongs which he had suffered, and by his arrival brought safety to the state which had treated him so ...
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English to Latin translation

I'm a beginner in Latin language studies, and I wanted to translate a sentence from English to Latin. I'm a self-taught student, and since it's for something important, I'd like it to be right. The ...
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Translation of “invincible independence”

I wanted a phrase that means something like "invincible independence" or "undefeatable independence". Google Translate gave me: "invicta independentiae". I just wanted to check that that seems ...
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How do you say ‘You will heal’ in Latin?

How do you say ‘You will heal’ in Latin? I mean this in a way of being able to mentally heal.
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How can I intensify a phrase?

In everyday English, obscene words like "fuck" and "hell" have been somewhat semantically bleached into intensifiers. For example, "fucking ridiculous" and "weird as hell" are common idioms that aren'...
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What would be a literal translation of “Satan”?

In Ancient Greek, the Hebrew word שָׂטָן (satan, "adversary") is sometimes translated as διάβολος (diábolos, "betrayer") and sometimes adapted as Σατανᾶς (Satanâs). In Latin, it seems like there ...
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Translate “Strong by Choice”?

I would like to translate "Strong by Choice" to Latin as a motto for a charity. We have tried per arbitrium fortis but want to know if this can be improved.
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Declining “dulcis” in context

I want to translate the phrase It's just like a big recorder where "recorder" is the musical instrument. The generic Latin for "flute" seems to be "tibia" (pipe), so I settled on using the Latin ...
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How to say 'striped' in Latin

I'm looking for a way to describe striped cloth — that is, with regular stripes all over, or like the stripes on the flag of the USA. I'm well aware of the stripe on a toga, angusticlavus, etc. But ...
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Such A Precedent

In the TV series, "I Claudius" (BBC, 1976) there was a scene in which the Ambassador, Appius Iunius Silanus, attempts to assassinate Emperor Claudius (occupational hazard) and fails. In the aftermath, ...
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Feedback on Latin to English Translation

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 ...
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How should this sentence be translated to Latin?

English: My ambition allows me to realise I do not have to sacrifice. Latin: Mea ambitia concedo mea comprehendo non habeo sacrifico. Is this correct?
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Help translating short poem for book

I'm writing a book right now about a cult. I've tried using google translate to take the initiation vows for the cult and put them in Latin, but it ends up terrible. If anyone could help me get this ...
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How would one say 'Spirit Subjugator' or something similar in Latin?

As per the title, I am looking for how you you would say 'Spirit Subjugator' or 'Soul Enslaver' or something similar.
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Is this translation right?

I'm doing English to Latin translation and wanted to know if anyone could help me address the mistakes of my translation: Who is there who would allow the city walls to be destroyed on account of ...
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Translation norms: a dash instead of “esse”

What option is preferable in the translation of a phrase, say, "bad thoughts give rise/lead to bad results" in your opinion? Option 1: cogitationes malae – praemia mala Option 2: cogitationes malae ...
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How to say “search warrant” in Latin?

In law enforcement (and the judicial system in general in the U.S.) nearly every legal process has a Latin term. Although, one has escaped us and our legal staff. Our agency is looking for a Latin ...
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How do you translate: What things, then, will you do?

How do you translate the following sentence: What things, then, will you do? I am particularly doubtful of the translation of "things" here. Would we use res, rei?

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