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What is Google Translate good for?

A classmate of mine who got his Ph.D. in natural-language processing and now works at Google told me the following. It might be out of date and I might be remembering it wrong. But I just did a little,...
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How can I study Latin on my own?

I recommend Hans Ørberg's Lingua Latīna per sē illustrāta series. Its main books are volume I, Familia Rōmāna, at the end of which the careful reader has a pretty fair grasp of Latin grammar, and ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

The best free, online Latin-English dictionary is undoubtedly Lewis and Short. There are several ways to access it, too, and they are given in separate answers. Most people seem to go straight to ...
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What is Google Translate good for?

To answer the question ("What is Latin Google Translate good for?") as stated: Absolutely nothing. At least reliably.
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What have we learned about Latin in the last century?

It is always difficult to make this kind of charts. I think that the best thing that has been done on Latin over the last decades was to start studying it from a more linguistic point of view. By ...
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Is Duolingo good for Latin?

I have used Duolingo for other languages, and I've now briefly tested it for Latin. There are two major issues: It goes way too fast. If the course has to be short for practical reasons, I would much ...
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Abbreviations in Latin dictionaries, especially Lewis and Short

You can find the abbreviations for Lewis & Short in the Latin Lexicon 'Numen' online: http://latinlexicon.org/LNS_abbreviations.php First you will find the abbreviations of ancient authors and ...
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Less complicated Latin texts to continue reading after highschool

I've found I quite enjoy reading Ovid—his work is poetry, not prose, which adds a bit of difficulty, but the mythological subjects are pretty familiar, which makes it easier to deal with unknown words ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

For more thorough comparisons with different Latin dictionaries, including the Latin-Dutch dictionary LaNe, one can use Chicago's Logeion. You can type in either Latin or Greek (transliterated or ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

If you're looking for an English-to-Latin dictionary, I recommend A Copious and Critical English-Latin Dictionary, by William Smith and Theophilus (!) Hall. The most recent edition was published in ...
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What is Google Translate good for?

While Google Translate may be useless to an advanced Latin speaker, a beginner such as me finds it helpful for gaining quick insights. I use it in combination with little tricks, such as splitting ...
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Are there dictionaries that translate profanities profanely?

Oh, God, the prudish lengths to which dictionaries go to avoid translating profanity correctly! I feel your pain—I too feel cheated and betrayed when this happens. It's like, aren't you supposed to ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

Collatinus I highly recommand Collatinus. There are a web version and a desktop version, and it's a free software (CC BY-NC). Functionalities search for lemma in several Latin dictionaries (Gaffiot, ...
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Where to find an online Latin text corpus and what can I do with it?

The PHI Classical Latin Texts Database http://latin.packhum.org The Packard Humanities Institute provides free access to Latin Litterature texts from the beginning to ~200 AD. There are currently ...
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A complete family tree

Each new paragraph shows a new generation (g means 'great'). Enclosures within (brackets) indicate the maternal side : tritavus = tritavia g.g.g.g.grandfather, mother atavus=atavia g.g.g....
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What is Google Translate good for?

I think the examples given in the question and in the answers are grammatically non-trivial and thus prone to translation mistakes, even by a human learning a language (two substantives, two verbs, ...
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How do I locate a classical quotation?

I would suggest the PHI corpus search. To try out your example, I searched for numquam, facile, and mori close to each other, and the whole phrase by Seneca turns up — among a couple of false ...
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Where can I find large public domain texts in latin?

Fortunately, almost all Classical Latin texts are in the public domain, since almost all Classical Latin authors have been dead for about two thousand years. Translations and commentaries are a ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

The online version of William Whitaker's Words (originally an MS-DOS program, see Wikipedia) is very useful: http://archives.nd.edu/words.html It is very useful, especially translate from English to ...
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A complete family tree

Erasmus has a complete list of vocabula affinitatum ("words for in-laws") in his Colloquia. This is post-classical, but Erasmus's Latin rivals that of Cicero. This definitely has some overlap with the ...
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Resources for pronouncing Latin

Vox Latina by W. Sidney Allen (2nd edition, 1978) is the standard book for pronouncing not just Classical Latin, but noted variants, as well. The book is a companion to Vox Graeca, and is a ...
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Less complicated Latin texts to continue reading after highschool

One slightly offbeat option would be Asterix. It's not quite classic literature, but it's well written and fun.
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A Latin text with dependency tree

Try "Completely Parsed Cicero" by Maclardy. It´s on Amazon. There is: "Caeser Completely Parsed" by James B. Finch. Back in May, I couldn't find this though knew it existed. Price fluctuates between ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

Pollux: Archimedes Project Dictionary Access Here you can search Lewis & Short, Liddell Scott Jones, and a few other dictionaries. The layout is not as good as on Perseus, but it loads much ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

One possibility is to use Webxicon. It translates between several languages, including Latin and English. You can even leave the target or source language blank to get answers for all possible ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

One option is Philolog.us which not only allows for quick looking up of entries in Lewis and Short, but also the Greek dictionaries Liddel and Scott's and Slater's Lexicon to Pindar. The big bonus for ...
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Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

One option to consider is the online Latin-English Dictionary. It is essentially an online version of William Whitaker's words, and uses the exact same word list. (Full disclosure: this is a ...
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Historical recordings of ex tempore contemporary Latin used in university lectures?

Professor Wilifried Stroh's lectures on the history of Latin literature and on other subjects are incredibly entertaining, learned, and eloquent. I don't know when he made them, but since he was born ...
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What is Google Translate good for?

The point of Google Translate (and this is not just for Latin) is that it only serves a purpose if you are able to judge the quality of its output, and understand that it's not a faithful account of ...
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Resources for pronouncing Latin

One resource for learning Latin pronunciation is Nuntii Latini, the Finnish Latin news broadcast. The pronunciation is very clear and the news items are also available as plain text, making it easy ...

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