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"I have a conversation."

Translation:Ego in colloquium venio.

August 29, 2019



'venire in colloquium' literally means 'to come to a conversation', so this is so odd, there must be a better translation, as the expression seems to point at the inchoative aspect of the action (again, I'm not saying this is 100%, it just looks really odd).


I also found it odd, because how can you have a conversation by yourself? "Nos in colloquium veniumus" stands by itself better.


No, it means that you go somewhere to have a conversation (see my other comment, from the Gaffiot)


"I am resolving the conflict within" would probably be a better translation, but not conducive to new latin learners.


Can someone explain this sentence and usage to me? "Venio" is usually "I come," correct? Would this literally be, I come into a conversation?


Colloquium gave the French Colloque, meaning that it's a kind of meeting, a chat (a formal one)

I've checked the meaning in Gaffiot, and it seems that the meaning is closer from "Aller à un colloque" (without the very formal meaning of this word) that to "have a conversion".

It means you go to place where you'll have a conversation, for instance, you go for an interview.

Gaffiot translates it by "entrevue" (interview).
Venire in colloquium: going to an interview. (Gaffiot: se rendre à une entrevue)

Not a job interview, but an interview in the etymological meaning.
From French entrevue. Entre = between. Vue = see, (see someone, here to chat)


English uses the word colloquium, usually in academic contexts.


"Sermonem habeo" Cambridge Latin Course uses this idiom in Unit 3 but here it was marked wrong


How am o supposed to translate it from English to latin from a starting phrase like that?


Does anyone else think that "I am involved in a conversation" a better translation of "ego in colloquium venio" as "I have a conversation" sounds like they are talking to themselves or are holding an object.


Would have expected "sermonis" in some form


Ok, I immediately thought it meant that someone was having a conversation with themself. But it seems to mean that they are meeting some yet unknown party.

Is this correct? Or can it mean either?

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