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Friday, October 01, 2010

Check it out, at long last!

This is probably the most important piece of news for Latin this year. Let's try it out:

I have two cats in my house. -- Habeo duas felis in domo Dei.

Hm, that's not quite right. Let's try something longer.

Extrasolar planets became an object of scientific investigation in the nineteenth century. Many astronomers supposed that they existed, but there was no way of knowing how common they were or how similar they might be to the planets of our solar system. -- Planetarum extrasolaris obiectum fuit investigatio scientifica saeculi XIX. Multi existimabant astronomis fuit, non fuit sciens viam communem aut quomodo sunt similes essent duodecim signis nostri Solaris systematis.

I live in Korea. -- Habito in Korea.

Romans go home. -- Romans relinquatis.

Okay, quality is still quite low, as expected. More important than English to Latin though is as this article states the ability to decipher texts written in Latin that otherwise would go completely unnoticed. There are quite a few of these on Google Books for example. Let's see how well it does with Isaac Newton.
Aer duplo densior in duplo spatio quadruplus est. Idem intellige de Nive et Pulveribus per compressionem vel liquefactionem condensatis. Et par est ratio corporum omnium, quæ per causas quascunque diversimode condensantur. Medii interea, si quod fuerit, interstitia partium libere pervadentis, hic nullam rationem habeo. Hanc autem quantitatem sub nomine corporis vel Massæ in sequentibus passim intelligo. Innotescit ea per corporis cujusque pondus. Nam ponderi proportionalem esse reperi per experimenta pendulorum accuratissime instituta, uti posthac docebitur.
The air is twice as twice as were thicker than the four times the space is. I understand about the same thing with snow, and dust through the compression or the melting power condensed. And the reasoning is of all bodies, which are of the causes of any are collected in different ways. Of the medium the mean time, if there was any, of free pervadentis interstices of the parts, here I have a no. But that this is under the name of the quantity or mass of the body in all directions in the following I understand. Is known to them through the body of each, the weight of the. For I have found the weight is proportional to the drawing on his experience of pendulums perfectly accurately for this purpose, is taught to use the hereafter.
And Julius Caesar:
Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres, quarum unam incolunt Belgae, aliam Aquitani, tertiam qui ipsorum lingua Celtae, nostra Galli appellantur. Hi omnes lingua, institutis, legibus inter se differunt. Gallos ab Aquitanis Garumna flumen, a Belgis Matrona et Sequana dividit. Horum omnium fortissimi sunt Belgae, propterea quod a cultu atque humanitate provinciae longissime absunt, minimeque ad eos mercatores saepe commeant atque ea quae ad effeminandos animos pertinent important, proximique sunt Germanis, qui trans Rhenum incolunt, quibuscum continenter bellum gerunt. Qua de causa Helvetii quoque reliquos Gallos virtute praecedunt, quod fere cotidianis proeliis cum Germanis contendunt, cum aut suis finibus eos prohibent aut ipsi in eorum finibus bellum gerunt. Eorum una pars, quam Gallos obtinere dictum est, initium capit a flumine Rhodano, continetur Garumna flumine, Oceano, finibus Belgarum, attingit etiam ab Sequanis et Helvetiis flumen Rhenum, vergit ad septentriones. Belgae ab extremis Galliae finibus oriuntur, pertinent ad inferiorem partem fluminis Rheni, spectant in septentrionem et orientem solem. Aquitania a Garumna flumine ad Pyrenaeos montes et eam partem Oceani quae est ad Hispaniam pertinet; spectat inter occasum solis et septentriones.
This becomes:
All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit, the Aquitani another, a third of those who in their language are called Celts, in our Gauls, the third. All these in language, customs, and laws differ from each other. Garonne separates the Gauls from the Aquitani the river, from the Belgae to the Marne and the Seine separate them. Of all these, Belgians are the bravest, because, as from the culture and civilization of the province they are absent, them the least often visited by merchants, and those things which tend to effeminate the minds of import, they are the nearest to the Germans, who dwell beyond the Rhine, with whom they are continually waging war;. For this reason, the Helvetii also precede the rest of the Gauls in valor, in almost daily battles with the Germans, when they either repel them from their own territories, or the men themselves in their territories, warring with them. One part of these occupied by the Gauls has been said, takes its beginning from the river Rhone, is included in the river Garonne separates the Gauls, the Ocean, and the territory of the Belgians, also attains of the Sequani and the Helvetii, the river Rhine, lies to the north. The Belgae rises from the ends of the frontier of Gaul, extend to the lower part of the river Rhine; and look toward the north and the rising sun. The river Garonne separates the Gauls from the Aquitaine to the Pyrenees mountains and to that part of the ocean which is near Spain: it looks between the setting of the sun and the north star.
That looks much better, at least compared to the other samples. Although I think that sample may be biased as it's probably one of the source documents Google used to create the translation memory to add Latin in the first place.

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