"Suntne psittaci otiosi?"

Translation:Are the parrots leisurely?

August 31, 2019



"Leisurely" seems a strange choice to me in all these translations for "otiosus".

Perhaps instead "Idle", "unoccupied", "at leisure", etc.

September 3, 2019


Yes, I reported this as it wouldn't accept "idle". The use of "leisurely" in this context in English is awkward to say the least.

September 5, 2019


I think this is difficult because, as far as I know, the Latin adjective has a very positive connotation that is not conveyed in the English adjectives: It is the wealthy and educated that are "otiosi", moving slowly and spending their time with reflection, thought, philosophy (as an ideal).

I think this might be the reason why the course contributors chose the unusual "leisurely", to convey this particular ancient Roman flavor.

September 11, 2019


I think "unoccupied" is the best option.

September 7, 2019


What does this mean?

August 31, 2019


I think it means that they are enjoying their spare time.

This is what Cambridge online says https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/leisurely:

used to describe an action that is done in a relaxed way, without hurrying: Y We enjoyed a leisurely picnic lunch on the lawn.

It can also be applied for people (or parrots ;-); see dictionary.com: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/leisurely

August 31, 2019


I can translate all this stuff about parrots but I haven't got a clue what the sentences really mean either! The otiosus isn't a problem, I understand that.

September 13, 2019


"Leisurely" as an adjective doesn't really work for me when it describes a person, animal or a static thing.

I don't have a problem with "leisurely" as an adjective describing an action or event, like a "leisurely drive" or a "leisurely Sunday brunch."

I could "spend a leisurely day at the lake," but I can't see how I can "spend a day at a leisurely lake."

Still, I'm not going to spend a lot of time worrying about this.

September 7, 2019


How do parrots work? Search for food? Build a nest? Practice speaking?

August 31, 2019


Well, the other sentence explained that at least one of them writes songs. Maybe for some pirate, who knows.

September 10, 2019


At this point in the course the parrots should just be glad to be alive!

September 11, 2019


"Oh, sweet summer child..."

September 12, 2019


The parrots in the ancient time is strange. They are leisurely and write songs.

September 11, 2019


Otiosus? Otiosus? Hoc psittacus mortuus est, sodalis. Corinna erit tristis.

September 17, 2019, 5:19 PM


This word should be an adjective, not an adverb!

September 5, 2019
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