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If you want to learn Latin, you've come to the right place! This website has all the basics you need – for absolutely free!

Although Latin is not spoken in the modern world, knowing some of this language is a sign of good education. Latin is the language of law, medicine, and classical science, as well as the Catholic Church. The language of the Ancient Romans, Latin has laid the foundation to many modern languages: all Romance languages (Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese), as well as English. A lot of words in the English language are based on the Latin roots, so learning Latin will also improve your English.

Latin Words

Learn some Latin words, which you can either use in the written and oral speech, legal discussions, or simply gain better understanding of many English words.

Latin English
Adflicto Affligo to injure, weaken, discourage, damage, break
Amplitudo size, breadth, dignity, grandeur, greatness
Animus courage, vivacity, bravery, will, spirit, soul
Attollo to raise, lift up, elevate / excite, exalt
Casso to bring to naught, destroy, annul, make void
Cogito to think, ponder, consider, plan
Consulo to reflect, consider, ponder, reflect
Corrumpo to break up, destroy, annihilate / spoil, weaken
Decorus beautiful, charming, proper, fit, becoming
Decretum decree, judgment, edict, order
Excellentia excellence, merit, worth
Exhibeo to show, present, allow, display, present, offer
Facultas power, opportunity, capacity, stock
Haud no, not at all, by no means
Malum damage, evil, misfortune, crime, injury
Modo now, just now, only
Novus novel, unusual, extraordinary / news, novelty
Pendo to weigh, value, consider, judge, esteem
Pulcher / Pulchra / Pulchrum beautiful, handsome, fine
Rectus right, correct, proper, upright, natural, plain
Reddo to repeat, recite, represent, imitate
Repens sudden, unexpected, fresh, recent
Servo to watch over, keep, protect, observe, save, reserve
Sino allow, suffer, permit, let
Solvo to loosen, untie, release
Somnium dream, fancy, day-dream / foolishness, nonsense
Suscipio to raise up, maintain, support, accept, receive, undertake
Velut adv just as, like, even as
Vis Vires (pl) force, power, strength, influence

Latin Phrases

Learn common Latin phrases and idiomatic expressions. No more feeling awkward when someone drops a quote in Latin – we’ve got you covered with most used Latin phrases.

  • Que sera sera - What will happen, will happen (whatever will be, will be)
  • Aut viam inveniam aut faciam - I will either find a way or make one
  • Castigat ridendo mores - One corrects customs by making fun of them
  • Beneficium accipere libertatem est vendere - To accept a favor is to sell one's freedom
  • Adde parvum parvo magnus acervus erit - Add a little to a little and there will be a great heap
  • De gustibus non est disputandum - There is no argument about taste
  • Legum servi sumus ut liberi esse possimus - We are slaves of the law in order that we may be able to be free
  • Non omnis moriar - Not all of me shall die
  • Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus - Mountains will be in labour, and an ridiculous mouse will be born (hard work with little results)
  • Crede quod habes, et habes - Believe that you have it, and you do
  • Absentem laedit cum ebrio qui litigat - To argue with a drunk is to wrong a man who is not even there
  • Cura te ipsum - Take care of your own self (before trying to help others)
  • Curriculum vitae - Course of life
  • Custos morum - Keeper of morals
  • Dulce bellum inexpertis - War is sweet to those who have never fought
  • De dato - Of the date
  • De facto - By deed
  • De fideli - With faithfulness
  • Vinculum juris - "The chain of the law" (legally binding)
  • Vis legis - Power of the law
  • Vir visque vir - "Every man a man"
  • Virile agitur - "The manly thing is being done"
  • Viriliter agite - "Act in a manly way"
  • Viriliter agite estote fortes - "Quit ye like men, be strong"
  • Virtus et labor - Virtue and hard work
  • Virtus et scientia - Virtue and knowledge
  • Virtus in media stat - Virtue stands in the middle
  • Virtus junxit mors non separabit - That which virtue unites, let not death separate
  • Virtus sola nobilitas - Virtue alone [is] noble
  • Virtus tentamine gaudet - Strength rejoices in the challenge
  • Virtus unita fortior - Virtue united [is] stronger

Latin Verbs

We have hand-picked some popular Latin verbs, many of which are still used in the modern culture, medicine and legal science. These are all the Latin verbs you need.

Latin English Latin English
abstineô, abstinêre abstain accidô, accidere happens
accipiô, accipere take adhibeô, adhibêre use/apply
aggredior, aggredî attack agô, agere do
amô, amâre love, to love audeô, audêre dare say
audiô, audîre listen auferrô, auferre take away
augeô, augêre increase cadô, cadere fall
caedô, caedere slaughter capiô, capere seize
cêdô, cêdere yield careô, carêre be without
comedô, comesse eat cônor, cônâri try
dîcô, dîcere say, speak dô, dare give
doceô, docêre teach dûcô, dûcere bring
faciô, facere I will do faveô, favêre favor
ferô, ferre bear fruor, fruî feel there
gaudeô, gaudêre rejoice gerô, gerere carry on
haereô, haerêre be the heir jaceô, jacêre lies
jaciô, jacere shoot irâscor, irâscî be angry
jûbeô, jûbêre grant jûdicô, jûdicâre judge
jûrô, jûrâre swear legô, legere read the script
loquor, loquî speak malô, malle prefer
meminî, meminisse remember nâscor, nâscî to be born, to grow
noceô, nocêre harms nôlô, nôlle unwilling, to
oblîvîscor, oblîvîscî forget, forget it teneô, tenêre hold
terreô, terrêre scare timeô, timêre fear
tollô, tollere be away valeô, valêre bye
videô, vidêre see vincô, vincere win
volô, velle want

Latin in Global Culture

Latin has been the official and commonly used language in the Ancient Rome and its provinces, in Latin Empire, and, partially in the Holy Roman Empire. Over the centuries, it became (and still remains) the official language of the Roman Catholic Church and the Vatican.

As the Romans continued the Greek tradition of sciences and have created the modern approach to the law and medicine, Latin is still used in medicine, law, and other sciences. Speaking some Latin, as well as understanding the Latin culture, especially the Roman Empire, is a must for a well-educated person.

Romans have developed and preserved the classic culture, which started from the Greek sculpture, architecture, philosophy, ways of life and more. This is what has laid the foundation to the modern Western culture the way we know it today. Knowing Latin opens the doors to the Western culture - ancient, medieval and modern.

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