Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Disce Ut Doceas

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Disce Ut Doceas
Et labor et studium doctos genuere magistros;
   Quod numquam didicit, nemo docere potest.

Source: Giuseppe Gatti, Sales Poetici, Proverbiales, et Iocosi (1703). Meter: Elegiac. Note that genuere = genuerunt.

The vocabulary is keyed to the DCC Latin Vocabulary list. All the words in this poem are on that list:

discō -ere didicī: learn
doceō -ēre -uī doctum: teach
et: and
gīgnō gīgnere genuī genitum: beget, bear, bring forth
labor -ōris m.: toil, exertion
magister, magistrī m.: master, chief
nēmo: no one (gen. nullius, dat. nulli, abl. nullo or nulla > nullus -a -um)
numquam: never
possum posse potuī: be able
qui quae quod: who, which, what / quis quid: who? what? which?
studium -ī n.: eagerness, zeal

Learn So That You Can Teach
Both hard work (et labor) and study (et studium) has produced learned teachers (genuere doctos magistros); no one is able to teach (nemo potest docere) that which (quod) he has never learned (numquam didicit).

Et labor ~ et studi~um doc~tos genu~ere ma~gistros;
   Quod num~quam didi~cit, | nemo do~cere po~test.