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by hippopotame
Fri 24 Jul 2015, 10:08
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 50
Views: 11990

Re: Greetings

In Telugu, you can just say "కులాసానా" ( kulaasaanaa ), which literally just translates to "happy?" Of course you can also use the usual namaskaaram which tends to be more formal. And elaa unnaavu (informal) or elaa unnaaru (formal) are often used as well, they translate literally to "how are you?"
by hippopotame
Mon 09 Dec 2013, 01:00
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlang Conversation Thread
Replies: 8380
Views: 592455

Re: Conlang Conversation Thread

Táálamensa sooradheem tázhehònyará, efë táála nadhysëmi áteen. now-before week.PL.PTV here-snow.PAST.3S but now melt.REFL.PRES.PERF.3S it-all It snowed here a few weeks ago, but it's all melted now. Zhehònen inrhidhuurhyami sááyáás, uhhnaasiffa iyá. snow.PREP with-when-cover.PASS.PRES.PERF.3S city ...
by hippopotame
Sat 16 Nov 2013, 03:47
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.
Replies: 29
Views: 5826

Re: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.

Now, on to "to be". There's a lot of stuff to cover here. Lesson 5 -TO BE: Verbs in Telugu have different conjugations based on the subject, gender, and tense. First of all, let's go over the verb "to be," because it can be seen in the various conjugations. It is unique in that it has both a present...
by hippopotame
Fri 15 Nov 2013, 04:30
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.
Replies: 29
Views: 5826

Re: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.

I would resist the temptation to look at non-IE languages through Sanskrit glasses. Either Telugu has only three cases (nominative, genitive and in the pronouns, accusative) and the rest are simply postpositions, or it has a full inventory of cases (including all the weird ones found in Estonian). ...
by hippopotame
Sun 10 Nov 2013, 01:43
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.
Replies: 29
Views: 5826

Re: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.

nominative, accusative, instrumental, dative, ablative, genitive, locative, and vocative. Those would of course be the 8 cases in Sanskrit (or PIE, if you will). I wouldn't analyze Dravidian languages that way (any more than I would analyze Estonian as having the same case system as German or Russi...
by hippopotame
Sat 09 Nov 2013, 21:15
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.
Replies: 29
Views: 5826

Re: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.

Hello again, Hippopotame garu ! I've never formally studied a Dravidian language before, and I find your lessons very insightful and interesting. It's kind of strange that many grammatical features are just like Estonian -- maybe that's why I find Estonian grammar so intuitive. Thank you! Wow, yeah...
by hippopotame
Sat 09 Nov 2013, 05:12
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.
Replies: 29
Views: 5826

Re: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.

Alright, sorry, I keep wanting to get to verbs, but right now I need to talk a little bit about nouns. LESSON 4: Definite/Indefinite Nouns, and the Genitive, Accusative, and Dative Cases: Definite and Indefinite Nouns, Demonstrative Adjectives In Telugu, there is no word for "the"; it all depends on...
by hippopotame
Mon 04 Nov 2013, 20:37
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.
Replies: 29
Views: 5826

Re: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.

Just a note before I begin talking about verbs -
In most Telugu words that end with "-అము" (-amu) this ending can be interchanged freely with "-అం" (-am)
For example,
మనము manamu ("we") can also be written/said as మనం manam
by hippopotame
Sun 03 Nov 2013, 18:24
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.
Replies: 29
Views: 5826

Re: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.

DesEsseintes wrote:[:D] I really like this thread, Hippopotame! Dravidian langs have such fantastic agglutination. Please do continue!
Thanks! I definitely will continue! I'm working on the next lesson on verbs, which will hopefully answer Ambrisio's questions.
by hippopotame
Sun 03 Nov 2013, 04:59
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.
Replies: 29
Views: 5826

Re: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.

Lesson 3: PERSONAL SUBJECT PRONOUNS There are a number of pronouns in Telugu. Singular Pronouns: 1st Person - నేను nēnu 2nd Person - నువ్వు nuvvu 3rd Person - These pronouns have different forms based on gender, formality, and location (proximal vs distal). Masc, dist, very informal (this boy here)...
by hippopotame
Sun 03 Nov 2013, 04:33
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.
Replies: 29
Views: 5826

Re: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.

Here are my answers. u:ru - city? maNTa - ? ra:kshasi - monster kaLa - ? vangkAya - eggplant ( It's one of my favorite dishes! ) antahpuramu - ? Great job, they're all correct! Here're the translations ఊరు city మంట fire రాక్షసి female monster కళ art వంకాయ eggplant (that is also one of my favorite d...
by hippopotame
Sun 03 Nov 2013, 04:30
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.
Replies: 29
Views: 5826

Re: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.

'learn.1PL.HORT' or 'learn.1PL.PRES' Estonian does it both ways - 'õppigem' (hortative) and 'õpime' (present). So how would you say 'we learn' and/or 'we're learning'? And let's see ... would 'let's see' be 'ju:chukunda:m'? (Or would that be Classical Telugu?) And here's a nice song: sahityam.net/w...
by hippopotame
Sun 03 Nov 2013, 04:01
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.
Replies: 29
Views: 5826

Re: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.

Lesson 2 - CONSONANTS: On to the consonants. After the IPA, I will provide a romanization that I will be using in future lessons (it will correspond somewhat to English orthography, just because we're learning through English). The alphabet (like other Indic alphabets) is organized by place of arti...
by hippopotame
Sun 03 Nov 2013, 03:41
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.
Replies: 29
Views: 5826

Re: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.

ne:rt͡ʃukund̪a:m /t͡ʃ/? I thought it was more like ts (like Russian ц). I'm pretty familiar with the phonology from Carnatic music, and I heard /ts/ more often than /t͡ʃ/. And "let's.learn" is not a gloss -- it's more like a word-for-word translation. If I understand it correctly, Telugu, like othe...
by hippopotame
Sun 03 Nov 2013, 03:00
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.
Replies: 29
Views: 5826

Re: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.

Namaste again, hippopotame! I think it would be a lot easier if you used some sort of romanization -- so I can start learning vocab and grammar without the initial hurdle of learning the script. To start, how would you gloss "తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం"? I guess that would be a good idea. I do think I'll ...
by hippopotame
Fri 01 Nov 2013, 23:39
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Learn Sanskrit - Saḿskŗtaḿ adhigacchasi!
Replies: 17
Views: 3604

Re: Learn Sanskrit - Saḿskŗtaḿ adhigacchasi!

Oh my this is old...
But I'd love to see more Sanskrit lessons!
by hippopotame
Fri 01 Nov 2013, 23:04
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.
Replies: 29
Views: 5826

Telugu! తెలుగు నేర్చుకుందాం.

Hey guys, I saw the threads for Devanagari and all those other scripts and languages, and I figured there wasn't enough about Dravidian languages on this forum. So here's Telugu! So a little general information about Telugu: It's the Dravidian language with the most native speakers, spoken mainly in...
by hippopotame
Thu 31 Oct 2013, 21:49
Forum: Teach & Share
Topic: Lesson/Guide Requests
Replies: 301
Views: 62836

Re: Lesson/Guide Requests

Would anyone be interested in Telugu lessons?
by hippopotame
Mon 28 Oct 2013, 21:15
Forum: Anthropology, Culture & History
Topic: Flägs & vexillology!
Replies: 161
Views: 28925

Re: Flägs & vexillology!

For a similar reason, India. I like the wheel in the middle too. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/4/41/Flag_of_India.svg/500px-Flag_of_India.svg.png And maybe I'm biased, but I think my home state of Maryland has a cool flag. http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/usa/maryland/ima...
by hippopotame
Mon 09 Sep 2013, 18:28
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Lexicon sculpting
Replies: 2260
Views: 184228

Re: Lexicon sculpting

Kelahsa: Next: ƛisúqʼ [t͜ɬiˈsuqʼ] gently tap or pat with an open palm xlissûs [ɬissys] v. to touch Next: garhats [gaˈXats] n. Venus, the morning/evening star kahasklahi [kahasklahi] n. Venus Next: klahi [klahi] A star, or a planet, or any other object in the sky that appears similar from the Earth ...