Monday, May 26, 2014

Learning Latin with Pope Francis - March 24, 2013


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March 24, 2013


Literal translation of the Latin: I already look forward, very happy, to the month of July in the city of Rio de Janeiro (River of January)! I want to greet all of you cordially at that magnificent city of Brazil!

The translator seems to have quickly realized that humble Pope Francis does not use the "Royal We" when he speaks, and so it doesn't ever again show up in the Latin translations of his tweets! (It appeared only in the first tweet on March 17, 2013.)



Here's how the Latin works.

Latin
English
Parsing
Grammar Points
Mensem
month
acc. sing. masc.
mensis, mensis (I stem); object of prospicio
iam
already


laetissimus
very happy
nom. sing. masc. adj.
laetus, laeta, laetum; superlative form; modifies ego
ego
I
nom. sing.
ego, mei
Iulium
July
acc. sing. masc. adj.
Iulius, Iulia, Iulium; modifies mensem
Fluminis
of the River (Rio)
gen. sing. neut. noun
flumen, flumenis
Ianuarii
of January (de Janeiro)
gen. sing. adj.
Ianuarius, Ianuaria, Ianuarium; modifies Fluminis
prospicio
I look forward
1st pers. sing. pres. act. ind.
prospicio, prospicere, prospexi, prospectum
in
in
Prep. + abl.
governs urbe
urbe
city
abl. sing.
urbs, urbis (I stem)
Vos
you
acc. pl.
vos, vestrum; object of consalutare
omnes
all
acc. pl. adj.
omnis, omne; modifies vos
illam
that
acc. sing. fem. adj.
ille, illa, illud; modifies civitatem
consalutare
to warmly greet
pres. act. inf.
consaluto, consalutare, consalutavi, consalutatum
magnificam
magnificent
acc. sing. fem. adj.
magnificus, magnifica, magnificum; modifies civitatem
volo
I want
1st pers. sing. pres. act. ind.
volo, velle, volui
apud
at, among
Prep. + accus
governs civitatem
Brasiliae
of Brazil
gen. sing. fem. noun
Brasilia, Brasiliae
civitatem
city
acc. sing. fem. noun
civitas, civitatis


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