Satan: You can have anything you wan—
Me: GIVE ME EVERY LANGUAGE.
Satan: What the—?
Me: YOU SAID ANYTHING. GIVE ME EVERY LANGUAGE IN THE WORLD.
Satan: Wouldn’t you rather have love or money?
Me: EVERY. LANGUAGE. MASTERY OF EVERY LANGUAGE. NOW.
Now, since this is Satan I’m cutting a deal with, I’m going to specify…when you say every language, do you mean just spoken, living languages, or every language? Because think of the possibilities. Mastery of every computer language: boom, all technology is laid open to you. Mastery of dead languages, the ones wiped out by imperialists: you could bring them back, resurrect that piece of cultural and linguistic heritage. Mastery of body language: it’d be nearly impossible to lie or conceal things from you, and you yourself would never give anything away. Mastery of animal body language: figure out if that bear is eyeing you out of curiosity or hunger, and then intimidate it into backing off. Mastery of the language of nature itself: look at the sky and know when storms approach, look at the ocean and feel the shift in the tides as some oil company delves too deep, look at a swarm of bees, a flight of geese, the hunting patterns of wolves, and know how the air shivers as the earth rolls over in its sleep.
Basically, when you ask for mastery of every language, you could have just said, “Satan, give me your throne,” and have done with it.
can any of you help me out in choosing a mobile Latin dictionary? I’m really just looking for something that means I don’t have to lug my dictionary around everywhere with me, and some sort of parsing (like Pocket Oxford Latin) would be great too.
I’m currently tossing up between the SPQR one and the Collins - thoughts?
Spqr is my fav. I love that you can read texts in it and add words you look up to flashcards easily.
I use Lexidium on my iPad. It’s the free dictionary app my college professors recommended to me, and I find it very helpful. Granted, it doesn’t make flashcards, but I already know Latin and don’t use flashcards anymore, so that’s not a big deal to me.