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Learning Perligataby ailie (Friar)
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Not long ago I was lucky enough to hear TheDamian's Perligata talk. I suppose you could say it inspired me (one could also say that I have more time than sense) and I decided to try my hand at writing something simple. Those five years of Latin in school have to be good for something, right? Surely I could write one of the exercises from Learning Perl in Latin.
A couple of hours later I had this:
Here's a closer look.
Enter tum radius inquementum tum biguttam tum lacunam egresso scribe.
meo radiuso vestibulo perlegementum da.
meo multipliero multiplicamentum II tum MMMCXLI Mimum da.
meo circumferenceo multiplicamentum multiplierum tum radiusum da.
scribe egresso dictum sic Circumference cis. biguttam tum lacunam tum cirfumferenceum tum novumversum egresso scribe.
If you use Lingua::Romana::Perligata 'converte' you can see what the translated-back-to-Perl is.
This is really helpful when writing Perligata.
Did I learn something from this? You bet. Even though my Latin is extremely rusty, thinking about Perl in terms of a spoken (albeit dead) language gave me a new outlook. Plus it looks cool. I also found that the best way to approach writing in Perligata is not to take regular Perl and try to translate it one line at a time, but to actually think in Perligata. (Your milage may vary, of course.)