Useful Latin phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Latin.

To see these phrases in many other languages click on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal, sg = singular (said to one person), pl = plural (said to more than one person)

English Lingua Latina (Latin)
Welcome Salve
(General greeting)
Heus (inf)
Salve (sg)
Salvete (pl)
How are you? Quomodo vales?
Quid agis? (sg)
Quid agitis? (pl)
Quid res tecum sunt?
Esne salvus/salva?
Reply to 'How are you?' Valeo (sg)
Valemus (pl)
Long time no see Quantum tempus!
What's your name? Quid est nomen tibi?
My name is ... Nomen mihi est ...
Where are you from? Unde es?
I'm from ... ... sum
Pleased to meet you Libens sum
Mihi placet
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Quid agis mane?
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Bonum Vesper!
Good night Bonam Noctem!
(Parting phrases)
Vale (sg)
Aveto (sg)
Valete (pl)
Avetote (pl)
Good luck Bonam Fortunam!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Bonam sanitatem!
Bene tibi!
Have a nice day Die dulci fruimini
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bonum appetitionem!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Bonum cursum!
I understand Intellego
I don't understand Nullo intellego
Please speak more slowly Sodes, loquere paulo lentius
Please say that again Dic iterum sivis
Iterum dicere potes?
Please write it down Sodes, id scribes?
Do you speak Latin? Loquerisne Latine?
Loquerisne linguam latinam?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Sic, paululum linguae Latinae dico
How do you say ... in Latin? Quomodo ... Latine dicas?
Excuse me Me excusa (sg)
Me excusate (pl)
How much is this? Quanti constat?
Sorry Ignosce mihi!
Thank you Gratias tibi ago (inf)
Gratias vobis ago (frm/pl)
Multas gratias vobis ago
Reply to thank you Precare (sg)
Precamini (pl)
Where's the toilet? Ubi sunt latrinae?
Ubi sunt loca secreta?
Ubi est conclave necessarium?
Ubi est balneum?
This gentleman will pay for everything Hic dominus toto pendet
This lady will pay for everything Haec domina toto pendet
Would you like to dance with me? Mecum ballare vis?
I love you Te amo
Get well soon Convalescas ex aegroto mox
Leave me alone! Abi! (sg)
Abite! (pl)
Help! Adiuva! (sg)
Adiuvate! (pl)
Fire! Ignis!
Stop! Siste! (sg)
Sistete! (pl)
Call the police! Denuntiatores voca! (sg)
Denuntiatores vocate! (pl)
Christmas and New Year greetings Natale hilare et annum faustum
Easter greetings Prospera Pascha sit
Birthday greetings Felix dies natalis
Felix sit natalis dies
One language is never enough Una lingua numquam satis est
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Mea navis volitans anguillis plena est
Navis volitans mihi anguillis plena est

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