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Postby dcmoore6 » Wed Mar 30, 2005 3:36 am

Last summer I started to teach myself Latin using Wheelock's and was doing quite well until school started again in August, at which time I then had no time to study at all. Hopefully I can begin again this summer.

I have a friend who knows about my earnest attempt to teach myself Latin and she occasionally will come to me with a question about basic Latin. Mostly it is something I could just look up in one of my Latin books. She has asked me to come up with the translation for a motto: "We love to pursue truth." My closest and most feeble attempt would be: "veritas insistere amamus" Is this a totally lame translation? As you can see I am at the very beginning stages of learning. I really wanted to help her with this, so I decided to post here.

I hope I have not broken a rule about asking for help with translations. If any one would help me, I would be very grateful.
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Postby cweb255 » Wed Mar 30, 2005 5:22 am

Before you can decide on word choice, you must have at least the basics down. Veritatem... ;)
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Postby Kasper » Wed Mar 30, 2005 5:33 am

Of course many translations are possible but here’s my option:

persequendum studemus veritatis

or you could use amamus- but I think this is pretty much restricted to love between people

You could use also diligimus - which means we praise/ highly esteem /love

Better still, wait for the experienced Latinists to give you a good phrase.
“Cum ego verbo utar,” Humpty Dumpty dixit voce contempta, “indicat illud quod optem – nec plus nec minus.”
“Est tamen rogatio” dixit Alice, “an efficere verba tot res indicare possis.”
“Rogatio est, “Humpty Dumpty responsit, “quae fiat magister – id cunctum est.”
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Postby Skylax » Wed Mar 30, 2005 11:50 am

Veritate delectamur venanda ? (Lit. "We are pleased by hunting for the truth" [by the truth to be hunted for]" - venari "hunt" can mean "pursue").
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