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    Registered Users Posts: 238 ✭✭ Dr.Feelgood

    I am looking for somebody to do a translation for me of English to Latin.

    Or to be perhaps put in contact with someone or some body that could help me with my search. the phrase is.

    "Appreciate what you have when you have it. You can't ignore this."

    I have two versions already accumulated however one is Italian if any of you can give me your opinion on these two.

    "Aestima Quod Habes Cum Habes. Memento"


    "Apprezza Cio Che Hai Quando L'Hai. Non Dimentigarlo."

    Any input wildly appreciated!!


  • "Apprezza Cio Che Hai Quando L'Hai. Non Dimentigarlo."

    I know we love our capital letters in English, but Italians would only put capitals on the first words of each of those sentences.

    There should be a grave accent over the O of "cio", but because it's hard to find on the keyboard, Italians generally just put an apostrophe after the vowel when writing e-mails, etc.

    Any native speakers may contradict me, but I think "quello" instead of "cio" would be more conversational, more natural. Then again, in a quotation, "cio" might fit the bill better.

    The last word is "dimenticarlo" with a C. Was it a Roman who told you this phrase? They would pronounce it "dimentigarlo", but that's not standard Italian... it's kind of like saying "me mother" instead of "my mother".

    So... "Apprezza cio' che hai quando l'hai. Non dimenticarlo."

    Ciao ciao...

  • Thank you for your response there.

    Um in Italian that accent would go: ció is that correct?

  • I'm no "fluent Latin linguist" so I'm not sure whether I'm allowed to reply to this thread :rolleyes:, but I like taking opportunities to keep my Latin fresh so I'll have a go. The translation you have at the moment isn't great; the verb "aestimare" means something more like to appraise than to appreciate, and cum doesn't read right in that sense. Memento just means remember.

    I'm not sure whether the abstract pronouns should be plural or singular, but here's my attempt anyway:

    "Magna face quae habes quandocunque ea habes. Haec tractare te oportet."