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Our Story

Learn about the founding, values, and future of latindictionary.io.

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Our Work

latindictionary.io is an online platform that allows users to parse forms and find definitions of Latin words. It is an extremely helpful tool for students and anyone who is learning Latin because it allows users to focus their time on translating and not stressing over memorizing forms. In addition to the dictionary and form parser, we also have a more traditional dictionary that lists all the words in the dictionary and data on their origins. There are plenty more helpful features, such as personal word lists, audio dictation of words, grammar resources, and more. If you find this site useful and would like to support us, please share it with others and help us grow!

About latindictionary.io

The Problem

 As a Latin student, I have always struggled to find definitions of Latin words. I would usually just make a quick Google search for the definition, but it would take minutes to find. I was frustrated every time I looked up a word for over three years! I knew there had to be a better way, but there were no online Latin dictionaries that solved my problem or that could be understood by anyone except Latin scholars.

Creation

 During the coronavirus pandemic, I decided to learn to program. After spending a few months learning multiple programming languages and building a few projects, I started brainstorming a solution. While deliberating, I stumbled upon William Whitaker's Words (WORDS), which was a Latin tool that provided definitions and parsed forms of words. His program was pretty handy, and I used it for over eight months. Before I built latindictionary.io, I created a prototype called Theo Tarr's Words that was released only to classmates and provided the same functionality of the WORDS program but with a more modern-looking UI. The WORDS program was the gold standard for electronic Latin dictionaries and still is that base that new Latin software is built upon. Thankfully, Whitaker open-sourced his work and provided incredibly descriptive documentation for others to build on and reverse engineer his work. Although William Whitaker sadly passed away in 2010, his work will never be forgotten and he was a massive inspiration for this project. With the same logic in the WORDS program from almost 30 years ago, combined with more modern tools and programming languages I built latindictionary.io.

Our Roadmap

Present

latindictionary.io is currently in its early release and while there are many useful features and resources, there is still more to come!

New Features

In the near future, forums, shareable word lists and flashcards, and video content and resources will be added to the site.

Accessibility

One of latindictionary.io most important goals is to make Latin resources accessible to everyone around the world. So, we are working on adding more languages, such as, Spanish, Italian, and German.

Author's Note

 Salvē! I am Theo Tarr, a high school freshman, in New York. I built this site pro amore laboris (for the love of labor), in the hopes my work can help others. Funnily enough, my mother was a former Latin teacher and my father is a programmer. Even though I did not realize it at the time, I was following in both my parents' footsteps.

 On another note, I hope everyone who uses this site finds it useful and can help spread the word. If you have any ideas for new features or you find information that you don't think is correct, please do not hesitate to email me. I respond in a timely manner and I would love to hear from you.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me at theo@latindictionary.io. I hope you enjoy this site!

Special Thanks

 First and foremost, thank you to all my Latin teachers Magister Ettinger, Profe Grover, Magister Harrop, and Magister Nosonowitz for cultivating my interest in Latin. Without you all this site would have never been possible. Thank you to my parents who have been the most supportive and have helped with the brainstorming and testing of the site.