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How do you tranlate this from english to Latin:1.If you do othis for me I will...

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t521863 | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted January 10, 2012 at 9:28 AM via web

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How do you tranlate this from english to Latin:

1.If you do othis for me I will sacrifice an animal for you.

2.stab his body with a sharp spear, having been heated by fire.

3. slowly kill all the family of Quintus

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM (Answer #1)

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Latin is considered a dead language, since it is not spoken by any modern society, but it is still invaluable in archeology, history, and etymological studies. Most historians dealing with ancient history have a small understanding of Latin, and with the advent of the Internet and translation software, it is easier for the layman to translate words and phrases.

For this assignment and others like it, I suggest first using a proper English-to-Latin translation dictionary. By matching the words and applying Latin rules of grammar and tense, you can create a more organic translation, one which would be closer to the properly-spoken Latin. However, since these are not readily available outside specialty libraries, Google Translate provides a fast and reasonably accurate alternative.

Here are your three phrases, translated to Latin:

  1. If you do this for me I will sacrifice an animal for you. Si fecerit mihi hoc animal ego immolabo vobis.
  2. Stab his body with a sharp spear, having been heated by fire. Occideret acuta cuspide corpus iam ignis calore.
  3. Slowly kill all the family of Quintus. Lentum interfecisti omnes familiae Quintus.

The translation can probably use some grammatical polishing, since it uses basic word-to-word understanding of Latin. There might be some tenses or sentence structures incorrectly applied. Check the Internet and your school library for other resources to find the best translation.

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