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First latin prose- Matris Patri

Hi, this is my first bit of latin longer than just a line or two that was thought of without having to translate English-Latin. I'm actually kinda pleased that I thought of some of it in latin. haha. baby steps. :) That said, I need practice and criticism, so here it is.

Sōle trāns caelum rubrō ardente et, ultrā caelō, lūnā caelum idem nocte dōnante, caelum caeruleīs ...
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Aust qualified for world cup tonight!! Last time was in 70s

)Anti/podej, mega/loi mega/loi, po/daj w)ke/ej a)/ndrej,
o)/fra ku/pellon e)/xwmen, i)/men nu=n Germani/hnde.

(the breathing on the 1st letter isn't showing up on my pc)
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In Luce Solari (Walking On Sunshine)

One of my hobbies is song translation. It's a unique challenge, since I almost always have to capture the original meaning of the lyrics as best I can and paraphrase it in order to make the words fit the music and rhyme scheme. I have done song translations in Spanish, French, and Italian.

I'd like to get some feedback on what I consider to be my first viable Latin song translation. I have so far ...
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Latin Dedication

I want to write a Latin dedication in a present to a classical friend.

I believe the format should be something like:

name of recipient (first name Latinised and inflected, surname uninflected)
object of dedication (hoc saxum/librum etc.)
reason why (I am not sure how best to introduce the virtues)
name of donor

and a verb of giving implied.


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A phenomenon I have observed among my peers recently

ei) me/n tij fh=| e)/xein ka/maton, to/te d' a)/lloj e)/xein fh=| :
xei=tai ga\r mu/qoij wku/teron ka/matoj
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Modern vocab: I have it! Graphoplitae = Textkittens

I was thinking about the word o(/plon a few days ago, and suddenly I knew how to say "Textkit" in Greek: to\ Grafoplei=on. Of course we're used to the plural, o(/pla meaning a soldier's armor, but the basic meaning fits quite nicely with "kit."

The -ei=on indicates place, like Mousei=on, "Museum."

Textkittens: grafopli</thj, ou, o( m., grafo/pli<tij idoj h( f.
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An elegaic couplet composed in 15 minutes

nu=n m' e(/le, daimoni/h, h9\ m' e)/qelgej e)n nh/sw|
ku/knwn tw=n leu/kwn qu/mon e)xou=sa meu=

ou)\ baqu/ e)sti/n
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Fabula primera!


This is my first-ever attempt to write a story in Latin! I'm a complete self-learner thus far in Latin and am currently attempting "Latin for Beginners", which I found on this site! I have just reached lesson #20 and I thought it would be fun if every ten lessons I wrote a story to help gauge my progress.

All criticism is heartily welcomed. I tried to do the best I could with the long ...
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Im fresh out of ideas here guys....

okay im writing a little bit of dactylic hexameter in latin.... nothing huge

i just need 2 more lines to fit into my poem

it needs to be something about world poverty, and in dactylic hexameter

if you have any ideas or lines that u make urself pls post them

im new to this site so (a NOOB if you will) so plz give me ur info on it

a couplet i guess

it doesnt ...
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Help requested on translation


I am looking for the translation of a sentence from English to Latin. As a non-Latin speaker I can find the words but I am not sure how to build a correct sentence with them.

The sentence I would like to translate into Latin is:

the innocent do not need to defend themselves

I do not know if this can be translated exactly as such but the importance is in the meaning of the ...
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