Latin on LingQ

Hi all,

Hope you’ve had an awesome summer (or winter, for some of you)!
Today we’re very pleased to announce the newest beta language on LingQ: Latin!

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We have added Google Translate for Latin now, but if you have any other dictionaries that you would like to suggest, please post them below!

And of course we need some content now, all you people who requested Latin! I will be definitely dabbling in Latin once I wrestle Czech to the ground, get a little further in my Korean, try to improve my Russian, and do whatever else awaits me, but I will get to Latin. Marcus Aurelius or Epictetus in the original!!!


Dictionaries Latin - German:

Ehm, Steve, I really DON’T want to disappoint you, but if you really want to read Epictetus in the original, you will have to push your friends to vote for ancient Greek… :slight_smile:

Anyway, I will start adding some Latin content within few hours.

One of the pleasures of LingQ is the general knowledge, erudition, and helpfulness of our community. I knew that Epictetus was a Greek but thought he wrote in Latin. Shows how little I know! Thanks Michele. Here is something I found on the Internet. I will read him Latin though if I get the chance, just so I can show off to someone who does not know that his words were first written down in Greek.

EPICTETUS - some quotes

55 - 135 AD

Epictetus was a Greek-born slave of Rome in the first century. He became a great philosopher and teacher, and was eventually granted his freedom. Although he didn’t write his teachings, which are based in Stoic philosophy, thankfully, others did. These quotes appeared (in Greek, then Latin) in “The Enchiridion” which was written by Arrian, a student of Epictetus. The quotes are translations from the original and can therefore vary slightly.

I have selected some of my favourite quotes, which suggest that Epictetus had a good handle on what we might today call Cognitive Therapy, or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.


  Try not to react merely in the moment.  Pull back from the situation.  Take a wider view.  Compose yourself.

  Consider the bigger picture.....think things through and fully commit!

  It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

  When something happens, the only thing in your power is your attitude toward it; you can either accept it or resent it.

  Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.

  Ask yourself:  Does this appearance (of events) concern the things that are within my own control or those that are not?  If it concerns anything outside your control, train yourself not to worry about it.

  What really frightens and dismays us is not external events themselves, but the way in which we think about them.  It is not things that disturb us, but our interpretation of their significance.

  Don't demand or expect that events happen as you would wish them do.  Accept events as they actually happen.  That way, peace is possible.

  As you think, so you become.....Our busy minds are forever jumping to conclusions, manufacturing and interpreting signs that aren't there.

  No matter where you find yourself, comport yourself as if you were a distinguished person.

  Regardless of what is going on around you, make the best of what is in your power, and take the rest as it occurs.

  Ask yourself, "How are my thoughts, words and deeds affecting my friends, my spouse, my neighbour, my child, my employer, my subordinates, my fellow citizens?"

  Do not seek to bring things to pass in accordance with your wishes, but wish for them as they are, and you will find them. 

  First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. 

  If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it. 

  Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public. 

  It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting. 

  We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. 

  Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.

  What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are.

  He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

  Learn to distinguish what you can and can’t control.  Within our control are our own opinions, aspirations, desires and the things that repel us.  They are directly subject to our influence.

  Keep your attention focused entirely on what is truly your own concern and be clear that what belongs to others is their business, and not yours.

  Survey and test a prospective action before undertaking it.  Before you proceed, step back and look at the big picture, lest you act rashly on raw impulse. 

  It is not external events themselves that cause us distress, but they way in which we think about them, our interpretation of their significance.  It is our attitudes and reactions that give us trouble.  We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.

  What is a good person?  One who achieves tranquillity by having formed the habit of asking on every occasion, “what is the right thing to do now?”

  Freedom and happiness are won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.

  When we name things correctly, we comprehend them correctly, without adding information or judgements that aren’t there.  Does someone bathe quickly?  Don’t say be bathes poorly, but quickly.  Name the situation as it is, don’t filter it through your judgments.  Give your assent only to that which is actually true.

Just to clarify, the integrated Google Translate doesn’t seem to be working with Latin at this time, but the popup dictionary does work. Just click “Search Dictionary” and select Google Translate as your default dictionary.

I’m curious to know: whose country is the flag you gave to Latin? The Vatican and the Roman Empire (and Roman Republic) has/had different flags.

Who needs a dictionary when we have Steve’s collection of quotations? Thank you so much, Epictetus / Steve!

Still no flag for Latin, Adalberto…

(I wonder why there is no flag for Czech, either.)

UPDATE: There is a flag with a yellow Latin cross on a red background for Latin in the dropdown menu. I don’t know what flag it is.
When I said there are no flags for Latin and Czech, I was referring to the flags accompanying the language names in the “Submit writing” and “Join conversation” templates on the profile pages.

It’s great to see Latin on LingQ. Let’s hope that Ancient Greek (an even more venerable ancient tongue) comes soon! :wink:

Indeed! But it needs more support on Facebook!

Hello! Perseus digital library might be a useful website for Latin learners.

Thanks for the useful link. It’s a pity there are no recordings (as far as I can see).

I’m a little bit worried about the flag for Latin. (Hopefully we’re not about to create the 4th Reich, or something…)

I’m worried about flags being related to language in general. I’ve always found it to be rather short-sighted. It seems to be the common practice to give everything a ‘logo’. The different languages need a theme. What is going to happen when two languages from one country are added? Typically the smaller language either gets ignored or given the same flag.

English = Britain or America? hmm I’m from neither of those.
Languages of which speakers have no homeland and are spread throughout many countries?
Only Spanish is spoken in Spain, Portuguese in Portugal and Chinese in China?

Though, there’s probably nothing to be done about this unfortunate occurrence.

By the way, something based on this would be so much nicer for Latin:


Portuguese LingQ has two flags.

Just to say that I’m very happy about having Latin here. I’m sort of intermediate in Latin, and I’ve found LingQ to be extremely useful at this stage.

This development at LingQ concided almost exactly with my PhD thesis submission and thus with my having again time to work on my languages. I’m once again subscribed to a basic paying account and ready to go with Latin, Korean and German. Gaudeo igitur.

the flag proposed by Imyirtseshem is here

I like it. What do others think?

I like it too. Perhaps the Vatican flag is better for a tiny image, its layout is simpler, and no letters are to be read.