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natales grate numeras

English translation: Grow old gracefully.

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17:07 Sep 6, 2000
Latin to English translations [Non-PRO]
Latin term or phrase: natales grate numeras
This was a question sent to me by a friend...I haven't a clue to the meaning
Courtney
English translation:Grow old gracefully.
Explanation:
The best rendition is: "Grow old gracefully."

Yes indeed, the literal meaning is in fact, "Number your birthdays willingly." HOWEVER...

With proverbial sayings like this one, it is far better to find a close proverb in the target language, if possible, rather than a literal translation. "GROW OLD GRACEFULLY" is the best selection for three reasons:

1) The Latin saying alliterates two of its three words, with the initial N sound. The equivalent English proverb also alliterates two of its three words, on the initial GR consonant cluster.

2) The English saying includes a word ("gracefully) derived from a Latin root ("grat-") that actually occurs in the source text. This is generally a happy coincidence, when a translation can actually re-use a bit of the original without irritating target-language listeners.

3) The English proverb is completely nativized, that is, none of the words or the grammatical features are perceived as odd, and the proverb itself is well-worn, like a comfortable shoe.

Enjoy!
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Wigtil
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Thank you so much, my friend laughed when I told him other answer which was proposed. You hit the nail on the head, I think he'll be impressed.
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Summary of answers provided
naGrow old gracefully.Wigtil
naNumber willingly (your) birthdays
Dr Claudio De Marchi


  

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Number willingly (your) birthdays


Explanation:
That means:
don't mind if you become older and older (don't worry, be happy, as the song says...)

It's a motto Latins were used to say for "Happy birthday"
Also found as NGN

SVBEEV
Latin greetings (Si vales, bene est, ego valeo=If you're all right, that's good. I'm fine)

Dr Claudio De Marchi
Local time: 11:22
Native speaker of: Native in ItalianItalian
PRO pts in pair: 4
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1 day 21 hrs
Grow old gracefully.


Explanation:
The best rendition is: "Grow old gracefully."

Yes indeed, the literal meaning is in fact, "Number your birthdays willingly." HOWEVER...

With proverbial sayings like this one, it is far better to find a close proverb in the target language, if possible, rather than a literal translation. "GROW OLD GRACEFULLY" is the best selection for three reasons:

1) The Latin saying alliterates two of its three words, with the initial N sound. The equivalent English proverb also alliterates two of its three words, on the initial GR consonant cluster.

2) The English saying includes a word ("gracefully) derived from a Latin root ("grat-") that actually occurs in the source text. This is generally a happy coincidence, when a translation can actually re-use a bit of the original without irritating target-language listeners.

3) The English proverb is completely nativized, that is, none of the words or the grammatical features are perceived as odd, and the proverb itself is well-worn, like a comfortable shoe.

Enjoy!


Wigtil
PRO pts in pair: 67
Grading comment
Thank you so much, my friend laughed when I told him other answer which was proposed. You hit the nail on the head, I think he'll be impressed.
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