You'll never walk alone

By Anonymous, in 'English to Latin Translation', Sep 10, 2008.

  1. Anonymous Guest

    Hello.

    Can anyone help?

    I have seen different ways to translate You will never walk alone.
    Among others:
    - numquam soli vadete
    - Numquam solus ambulabis

    How do you translate it?:wondering:


    Thanks
  2. Bitmap Civis Illustris

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    both translate to "you will never walk alone". The first one addresses a group of people though (as in "you guys will never walk alone"), the latter addresses a single person.
  3. QMF Civis Illustris

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    Actually the first one should be vaditis, not vadete, in order for it to mean what Bitmap said. Otherwise Bitmap is correct.
  4. Bitmap Civis Illustris

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    whoops... :/

    Anyway, vaditis or vadetis works. But of course "vadete" doesn't make sense
  5. Anonymous Guest

    I want to get a celtic cross with the phrase, "You'll never walk alone". I've seen topics on here about the translation but I wanted to ask myself.
    So far I have "Vos Mos Nunquam Ingredior unus" or "Numquam solus ambulabatis"

    I'm not sure which one is correct or if I should just write it in english but old english font.
    Let me know, thanks!
  6. Decimvs Aedilis

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    Re: Need help with tattoo idea

    Just to clarify what you mean before making suggestions in Latin....

    By "You'll never walk alone", do you mean it like you are saying it to someone specifically, like "Don't worry, I will always be around" or are you trying to say it more generally like "No one ever has to go through things alone because there are always close friends, etc, who are there for support."

    Try to give us a really nice concrete idea of what you are trying to say with the tattoo.
  7. Matthaeus Vemortuicida strenuus

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    Re: Need help with tattoo idea

    First of all, there is a distinction in Latin between the second person singular and second person plural, so it's ambiguous whether you're addressing one person or more than one. Second, the verb ambulare denotes rather 'taking a walk', which I don't think you want here. Your sense is 'to walk' in general. I would use ire or ingredior. Third, word order is free. So here'a possible version addressing one person: Numquam solus ibis or Numquam ingredieris solus. If you're talking to at least two persons: Numquam soli ibitis or Soli ingrediemini numquam. Pick your choice.
  8. Chamaeleo New Member

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    Re: Need help with tattoo idea

    I think you should go with the idea of just putting it in English.
  9. Quasus Civis Illustris

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    Re: Need help with tattoo idea

    Why Latin and not Gaelic?
  10. Matthaeus Vemortuicida strenuus

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    Re: Need help with tattoo idea

    Forget ingredior, that means rather 'to step in, enter', so stay with ire.
  11. Anonymous Guest

    Re: Need help with tattoo idea

    I haven't researched gaelic, but that is a really smart idea. If you could get me the translation for "You'll never walk alone" that would be great.

    and by "You'll never walk alone" I'm trying to say it in a more general way. If it isn't known this is the motto of the Celtic football club, meaning that none of our brothers will ever have to be alone

    Thanks again for the help
  12. Matthaeus Vemortuicida strenuus

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    Re: Need help with tattoo idea

    Maybe there is a Gaelic forum online?
  13. Imber Ranae Ranunculus Iracundus

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    Re: Need help with tattoo idea

    This is also in the Common Translation Requests sticky thread.
  14. Anonymous Guest

    Re: Need help with tattoo idea

    I was just told that you spell it

    Numquam Solus Ambulabis
  15. Chamaeleo New Member

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    Melbourne
    Re: Need help with tattoo idea

    That literally means “you (referring to one male person) will never walk alone”. Change “-us” to “-i” and “-is” to “-atis”, and it will address more than one person.

    It is still debatable whether “ambulare” is the best verb at all. You risk saying that they'll never stroll alone, essentially.

    A thing to remember is that languages are not codes that English can be encoded into and decoded from. Each language is a separate, self-contained system, whose purpose is the expression of concepts.
  16. Anonymous Guest

    Re: Need help with tattoo idea

    Well than what would be the proper translation to generally say "You'll never walk alone", as in a brother will never have to be alone. I understand that english was derived from latin as were most/all languages, so what would be the closest to proper phrase
  17. Matthaeus Vemortuicida strenuus

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    Re: Need help with tattoo idea

    As already mentioned above, and as Chamaeleo said, forget ambulare, so instead we're using the verb ire here: Numquam solus ibis to one brother, Numquam soli ibitis to more than one. Ire conveys the general sense of walking, going. Clear enough? :p
  18. Quasus Civis Illustris

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    Re: Need help with tattoo idea

    :shock: :shock: :shock:

    I just can't leave it without a comment.

    MrMarine, you should know that although English was greatly influenced by Latin, it's by no means it's descendent. English as well as other Germanic languages (German, Dutch, Swedish, Gothic, etc.) originated from so-called Proto-Germanic language.

    The descendents of the Latin language are called Romance or Romanic, they include Italian, French, Spanish, Romanian etc. The exact number of Romanic languages is not defined, because sometimes it's hard to distinguish between dialects and separate languages; roughly speaking there are a dozen of them. So, only few languages of the world "were derived from Latin".
  19. Decimvs Aedilis

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    Re: Need help with tattoo idea

    Double fail.

    :silenced:
  20. Anonymous Guest

    Re: You'll never walk alone translation

    Hi,

    I've been looking up this phrase in Latin and from what I gather "Nunquam Sola Vades" is what I'm looking for. Feminine and singular. However if one wants to get away from Liverpool and their slogan and go for

    "May you never walk alone" instead of "You will never walk alone", is it the same translation? If not, how would you say 'may you never walk alone'?

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