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"Ego Anglice loquor."

Translation:I speak English.

September 3, 2019



No English at this time.
But Ænglisc
This language with no Latin roots, only Germanic.
No luck for who wants to learn Latin!

Fæder ure þu þe eart on heofonum, sie þin nama gehalgod. To becume þin riċe, geweorþe ðin willa, on eorðan swa swa on heofenum. Urne gedæġhwamlican hlaf sele us todæġ...


No England, only Britannia (adj. Britannicus)



These words of heroism, from "The Battle of Maldon" describing the defence of Wessex against the Danes, should be known by any patriotic English person. They encapsulate the doggedness of the English in defeat.

Bryrtwold maþelode, bord hafenode (Se wæs eald geneat); æsc acwehte He ful baldlice beornas lærde: "Hige sceal þe heardra, heorta þe cenre mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægan litlað."

Byrtwold spake, he raised his shield aloft (He was an old loyal retainer) and brandished his spear. Full boldly he spake to his men: "Our hearts must grow resolute, our courage more valiant, Our spirits must be greater, though our strength grows less".

He continues

"Here lies our lord, all hewn down The good man in the dust. Long may he mourn Who from this war-play seeks now to withdraw. I am advanced in years: I do not desire to be taken away,

But here by my liege lord, by that most blessed of men Mean I to lie." Ac ic me be healfe, minum hlaforde, be swa leofan man, licgan ðence.


Yes I was wondering how the Romans chanced upon the English on their European tours


Ic þeah on englisce sprece, hit is fæger and gamenlic spræc and ic fyrðrie þæt oðran leorniað to sprecenne.


Lusitanice, hispanice et anglice loquor, et tecum latinam disco.


certe, amice? ubi es? in Germania?

in Britannia, nondum huc Hengestus et Horsa adsunt.

igitur hic in Britannice - videlicet Cymraeg nomine - loquimur.



I live in Kent, not far from the village of Aylesford where Hengist and Horsa defeated Vortigern in battle in AD 455. Horsa died, but Hengist survived to set up a Jutish kingdom in Kent. The village has a restaurant called the Hengist in his name, and a Carmelite Priory which was established in 1242, destroyed in Tudor times and revived in the 20th Century. Worth a visit.


would you be:

a . tourism development officer (north kent region),


b. mine host at the Hengist? :)


2020-03-13 Aye, and it's only a ten-minute walk between the two (according to Google).


Does this mean I am currently speaking English, or that I have the ability to speak English, or both?

I know I shouldn't rely on Google translate, but I entered the English "I speak English" and was told the Latin was "Linguam Anglicam loquor", which makes sense to me when earlier in the course we have seen Latin translated by linguam Latinam (in the accusative case). On the other hand, when I entered "I am speaking English" in the hope that I'd get back "Ego Anglice loquor" I was returned utter nonsense, so I feel none the wiser.


Anglice didn't exist in the Roman times, so it solves your question:

For the language, use either "lingua anglica" (without the English uppercase), or "anglica", but when you want to use it to say "I speak", as we learned here, you have to use the adverbialised adjective "anglice".

I think it means you know how to speak English, or, you are speaking in English right now (as no -ing form in Latin), depending on the context.


Loquor is passive voice.


It's a deponent verb, which means it's passive in form but active in meaning. Those kinds of verbs are weird


2020-03-13 I was just thinking how weird a verb it is. Thanks for confirming! ;) and for the explanation. Have a Lingot.


Ubi tempus machina est?


Tempus machina seems too much an English calque (Time machine). They wouldn't use "tempus" like an adjective in my opinion.

The neo-Latin word found in Wikipedia is: Machina temporis.



It tickles me to learn there's a Latin Wikipedia.


How do they create Neo-Latin vocabularies? Do they like follow patterns or do they make the words up? How about the grammars?


Great question. I hope someone answers, I'm curious too.

I know we can see what all of the romance languages did (spanish, french, etc) as those are all latin that evolved.

Beyond that, I am only aware of modern latin in the sciences.


And it begs the question of how the crowds could have been speaking Spanish...

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