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"Livia, quomodo tu te habes?"

Translation:Livia, how are you doing?

September 13, 2019



But if you said, "how are you doing, Livia?" it would be Quomodo te habes, Livia? Why the extra "tu" in this way?


It's not necessary to have the tu; therefore, it seems to be emphatic ("you" in contrast to somebody else we've been talking about).


That might be correct.
However, in the Spanish course, DUO often uses unnecessary subject pronouns, perhaps to help people learn them. Many of the native Spanish speaker point out (complain about) the unnecessary subject pronouns.

Possibly the same is happening here.


It's the same, and there's nothing to complain about. It's normal to use the pronouns in the beginning. I never saw a beginner Spanish class where they say "Hey, we don't use the pronouns, because it's less common to use them than to skip them, so you won't learn them". That makes no sense at all.

The people interested in Latin will go on their courses and reading, so they will meet the most common usages, while knowing it's not ungrammatical to use pronouns.


I am a native spanish speaker and you are rigth on your remarks.


It would be Quomodo te tu habes,Livia


It is extremely difficult to understand what she is saying..


I agree.

The female voice is so difficult to understand... One of the male voices changes every 't' and 'd' into an English 'r', and the other male voice seems like almost asleep. And all of them change every vocal into a diphthong. Also, they pronounce initial word 't' as 'ch'.


Sorry, as an English speaker, I don't see the difference between "How are you doing?" and "How are you feeling?" Seems to me as though the se habere bene/male, and the quomodo agere structure, are equivalents.


They essentially are. It's two ways to say basically the same thing, just as the two English phrases are. The habere phrase is a little more closely tied to your physical/mental state (just like "feeling" in English), whereas the agere phrase may invite the discussion of one's work life, etc. in place of emotions & health.


As a non English speaker, I didn't know what "How are you feeling?" was used to greet someone, like "How do you do?"


I wouldn't use "How do you do?" (formal 'hello', the first time you meet someone), and "How are you doing?" (not something you'd ask a stranger) interchangeably.


How do you do? / How are you doing? / Howdy do? / How is it going? • A casual question, possibly genuine, gratuitous, superficial

How are you feeling? • A more deliberate inquiry posed by someone genuinely interested in the well being of the recipient


Why is "Livia, how do you feel?" unacceptable here? Elsewhere in this lesson, "male me habeo" is translated as "I feel poorly." I am having trouble understanding how this verb is precisely translated.


the "quomodo" is very difficult to hear on the listening question. I essentially guessed based on context & unit content.


I thought she said 'c' rather than 'qu'.


Is the tu necessary here?


It's optional in the language, but DL counted it as wrong for lack of "tu" in this sentence.


That's aggravating, I know.


So there is no different meanings with tu and without tu?


Using a subject pronoun (like ) when the verb ending already indicates who the subject is (as the -s of habēs does), and when the object pronoun () also indicates a "you, singular" subject, is emphatic. (It's not needed; so, it's noticeable when it appears.)

I suppose it could be compared to saying "How're ya doing?" in English, with little emphasis on the pronoun "you," and saying "How are YOU doing?", with a special turn to the person addressed as "you," maybe after discussing the issues and needs of a lot of other people first.


For "how are you" we use "Quid agis" in college Latin 301


I think this is more like how do you feel. Like are you sick or stressed


What does te habes mean here? To have or to feel?


When habere ("to have") governs a reflexive object pronoun and is used with an adverb, it means "to be (in a good or bad way)", depending on the adverb chosen.

Tu te habes: "you are feeling..." , "you are in (some state)": we're waiting for the adverb, like male "bad" or bene , "good."

The question-word is the adverb quomodo, "how?" , "in what way?", so the one who asks the question is waiting to hear male or bene in the answer.

Me bene habeo, "I'm doing fine;" Livia se male habet, "Livia's not doing well / is in a bad way," and so on.


So literally it is "how do you have yourself" and it means "how do you feel". Am I correct?


Or "hold yourself," right. Reflexive pronoun in the accusative, plus an adverb.


What is the correct pronunciation of "h"? Is it as in English or is it mute as in Portuguese and Spanish?


A piece of evidence for the fact that h was either mute or at least very weak, is that an initial h (= h at the start of a word) did not prevent elision, in poetry.

In other words: elision happens in poetry regularly, when a word ending in a vowel (like ille) immediately precedes a word beginning with a vowel (like et). So, in line 3 of Vergil's Aeneid Book 1, we see: ... ille et terris iactatus et alto, which would be read metrically as ... illet terris iactatus et alto.

(I didn't quote the first part of the line, because I wanted to explain first that another type of elision happens, when a syllable ending in 'vowel + m' precedes a word that starts with a vowel: The complete line reads: litora, multum ille et terris iactatus et alto. Scanned metrically, with elisions: litora, multillet terris iactatus et alto.)

The relevance to "h" is that a word beginning with "h" will not keep a vowel from being elided with another vowel. I'm not sure I can quickly find an example in Aeneid 1, but I'll keep looking!

There's a (rare-ish) hiatus involving an "h," in Aen. 1. 16:

posthabita coluisse Samo: hic illius arma,

Normally, the -o at the end of Samo would be lost (elided) in front of the vowel "i" in "hic," but, for effect, the elision doesn't happen and we have a hiatus instead.

OK, in Aen. 1. 65: Aeole, namque tibi divum pater atque hominum rex

which is read, with the elision of the -e of atque before the -o of hominum (so the h of hominum doesn't 'block' it): Aeole, namque tibi divum pater atquominum rex.

We can also point out that the "h" doesn't "count" as a second consonant in making a preceding vowel long: at the end of Aen. 1. 63, for example, we have iussus habenas, with the metrical pattern LONG short short LONG LONG; in other words, the final -s of iussus , though followed by the initial h- of habenas, does not cause the -us of iussus to be scanned long.

That's quite technical, but it's the best I can do, to shed some light on the question.


Thank you so much for this detailed explanation. I'm seeing this a year after you sent it, sorry for not replying before. Just by curiosity, how do you study Latin? Have you read the original Aeneid?


I have the great pleasure and privilege of being a high-school Latin teacher. I fell in love with Latin the year I read the Aeneid in high school with a great teacher (Emery Eaton of blessed memory, at Wootton High School in Maryland in the nineteen seventies). I teach it now most years, when I have students enrolled in AP Latin. Currently, I have two advanced students (post-AP) who have read books 1, 2, 4 in their entirety and are now working on 6; and I have one student who has graduated already but is eagerly reading the Aeneid (Books 1, 2, 3 and now starting 4) while waiting to start college next fall. I love Vergil!


Would , " Livia, How do you feel? " be an incorrect translation


No, it's not incorrect.


Shouldnt the v be pronounced like a v not a w


Short answer: no.

Long answer: Noooooooooooooooooooo

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Why is "Livia, how do you do?" incorrect?


My impression is that we use "How do you do?" as a formula of politeness when meeting someone for the first time. In other words, not a real request for information on how the person is feeling.

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Hmm yeah that makes sense.


It should be said, though, that (judging from these comment boards) English speakers in different parts of the world have different responses to/attitudes towards what seem like common or routine sayings...


Whats the difference between "se habes" and "se habet" ?


sē habēs doesn't exist; it would be tē habēs , with 2nd person singular forms. The conjugation is: mē habeō , tē habēs , sē habet , in the singular forms. nōs habēmus , vōs habētis , sē habent , for the plural ones.

The pronouns are in the accusative case, direct object of the verb.

"I feel (well/bad: adverbs bene / male ), you feel ~ , he/she feels ~, " etc.


I think the phrase is" se habet "which means she/he feels and "te habeo" meaning you feel?


The audio said "habes" but also marks "habeo" as correct. Why's that?


I have noticed that in this Latin course the marking is a bit hit and miss. In one answer I heard "Venis" and wrote it, It was deemed correct. It was only when I saw the translation that I realised it should have been "velis". Other answers have been marked correct when they have not been!


This reader is always hard to understand the first word, the rest is fine.. maybe he needs to start recording his voice a couple seconds earlier?


Gosh i hate these english accent latin. Please let europeans speak it.


I have confusion over this. When we ask someone "how are you? " which one we use? " quomodo te habes or quomodo tu te habes"


Either one "works," because the second one (with ) is simply more emphatic.

Both of them have all the elements that mean "How are you?"


Would that literally mean "Livia, how are you doing (feeling) yourself?"


The pronounciation for quomodo the "do" sounds more like " ro " is it correct?


I'm sobbing, my autocorrect changed you to toy and i didn't react on time (now almost said raft)


Can't imagine they had casually said this to others in their time.


People say this in many languages; why not Latin, and why not then? People are basically the same now, as then. /Just my take


If Tu and Te mean the same thing then this sentence would be "How are you you doing, Livia?"


But Tu and Te don't mean the same thing, any more than Ego and Me mean the same thing.

They refer to the same person, yes; but Tu (and Ego) can only serve the subject function: You are fighting/You go to the store / You are happy. And Te (and Me) can only serve the object function: I scold you / I take you with me / I send letters to you.


Audio: the 'd' in 'quomodo' is pronounced like an roling 'r'. Is that a correct pronounciation?


Actually, a quicly rolled r sounds like a d.


Audio: Is correct prononciation of quomodo 'quobodo'? m=b?


Very difficult to hear what she says


i didnt think the audio for this was very good. took me a minute to get that they were saying "quomodo"


I wrote what I heard and did not hear 'quomodo' at all, but something like: 'quotode'


We would appreciate it if Duo has consistency. Other class left tu out, this time they mark it wrong.


I saw this and was confused. I'm looking at this sentence in the incubator right now, all three Quomodo te habes sentences accept having tu as well as allowing you to go without. So... it is consistent?


It there a UK English equivalent to "How are you doing?" that would be accepted by Duo? Would how are you be accepted?


I wrote "how are you" and it corrected me as "how are you doing"!!!! Isn't this non sense?


How could you know? Do you happen to have a recording of classical Latin speakers around 0 BC? How many Americans were speaking Latin then?

I presume it was a joke, and not an insult. But if so, try using an emoji to make that clear.


You're right, we don't know what they might've sounded like--but certainly not like this! My best guess would be something close to an Italian accent.


The American accent is the strongest of all xD Americans will be recognised when speaking any language


Agreed. It's painful to hear it.


Thanks man, I'm glad I cause you pain.

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