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by Imralu
Sun 12 Aug 2018, 04:54
Forum: Translations
Topic: Fish smoking cigarettes
Replies: 11
Views: 227

Re: Fish smoking cigarettes

:con: Ngehu (AKA Wena) He ho gwe ze zyelubu numbo zywe nggovwo wo. Gwi e bye dazwa wi dwo u bo mo zywe gwe nana i nggehwa zye zyu dwe i mwe bi. Wa i ho! JUSS.E goodE and NEG.E put.on.ground.A remnant GEN.DEF-PL.E cigarette GEN.2S | fish COP leaveA sea ADV-COP blackE ADV wantA consumeA GEN.DEF-PL.E a...
by Imralu
Fri 10 Aug 2018, 18:15
Forum: Translations
Topic: Fish smoking cigarettes
Replies: 11
Views: 227

Re: Fish smoking cigarettes

:tan: Swahili: Tafadhali usitupe chini vipande vyako vya sigara!! Samaki wanatoka baharini usiku ili wavivute na tunajaribu kuwasaidia kuacha. Asante. tafadhali u-si-tup(a)-e chini vipande vy-ako vy-a sigara | samaki wa-na-tok(a) bahari-ni usiku ili wa-vi-vut(a)-e na tu-na-jaribu ku-wa-saidi(a) ku-a...
by Imralu
Mon 06 Aug 2018, 04:03
Forum: Translations
Topic: Fun with questions
Replies: 45
Views: 4935

Re: Fun with questions

:con: Ngehu (aka Wena) Ha wa i zi ngu zyi? - Ndwa. / Ze. Q 2S COP priorE killA GEN.DEF | trueE | NEG.E Did you kill him? - Yes. / No. Ha wa i ze zi ngu zyi? - Ze. / Ndwa. Q 2S COP NEG.E priorE killA GEN.DEF | NEG.E | trueE Didn't you kill him? - Yes. / No. Wa i zi ngu mya(ngo)? 2S COP priorE killA G...
by Imralu
Mon 06 Aug 2018, 03:51
Forum: Translations
Topic: Fun with questions
Replies: 45
Views: 4935

Re: Fun with questions

:tan: Swahili Je, ulimuua? - Ndiyo. / Hapana. je | u-li-mu-u(a) | ndi-yo | ha-pa-na Q | 2S-PST-CL1-kill | COP.EMPH-CL9 | NEG-CL16-COM Did you kill him? - Yes. / No. Je, hukumuua? - Hapana. / Ndiyo. je | h-u-ku-mu-u(a) | ha-pa-na | ndi-yo Q | NEG-2S-NEG.PST-CL1-kill | NEG-CL16-COM | COP.EMPH-CL9 Didn...
by Imralu
Wed 01 Aug 2018, 03:11
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 627
Views: 78113

Re: False cognates

Apparently it survives as "even steven" .... I'd always assumed that that was just a rhyme based on the proper name. how so? What's unclear? was wondering what made him/her think the proper noun possibility at first They likely made that assumption, as I did myself, because the name "Steven/Stephen...
by Imralu
Wed 01 Aug 2018, 01:04
Forum: Translations
Topic: Participles
Replies: 26
Views: 2169

Re: Participles

:tan: Swahili Mwanaume alikuja akitembea barabarani akipiga mbinja ya wimbo unaofurahisha. mwanaume a-li-ku-j(a) a-ki-tembea(a) barabara-ni a-ki-pig(a) mbinja y-a wimbo u-na-o-furahi-sh(a) man(CL1) CL1-PST-EXT-come CL1-SITU-walk street-LOC(CL16/17/18) CL1-SITU-hit whistle(CL9) CL9-GEN song(CL11) CL1...
by Imralu
Tue 31 Jul 2018, 21:42
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 624
Views: 66730

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

GrandPiano wrote:
Tue 31 Jul 2018, 19:54
"Price" and "worth" are similar concepts, but "priceless" and "worthless" are complete opposites.
I remember when I was a kid being amazed that "priceless" doesn't just mean "free" ...
by Imralu
Tue 31 Jul 2018, 21:40
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 624
Views: 66730

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

My ex works for a company that has offices (I think their main ones) in Austria, and she was having a chat with some of the people that work out there about the ein Handy being a mobile phone. Undoubtedly it is a "handy" thing to have around, but she was saying that they weren't aware that English ...
by Imralu
Tue 31 Jul 2018, 15:09
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 624
Views: 66730

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

A false friend that still fucks me up after more than a decade of fluency in German and (in a few hours exactly) five years in Germany:

per Post = by post / by mail
per Mail = by email

When people say "Mail" without the e, I automatically think it means post.
by Imralu
Tue 24 Jul 2018, 23:45
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 80
Views: 8197

Re: Surprising cognates

So car/car belongs in the false cognates thread, not tge surpriding cognates thread.
by Imralu
Mon 23 Jul 2018, 14:42
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: Conlang Conversation Thread
Replies: 8388
Views: 641926

Re: Conlang Conversation Thread

Na i nwivi u gyu zyi lo wo, hwe Mazago. Wa i he ne ho.
1S COP feel.AG-bad.E ADV hear.AG GEN.DEF situation GEN.2S | VOC Masako | 2S COP OPT PASS goodE
I'm sorry to hear about your situation, Masako. I wish you the best.
by Imralu
Fri 20 Jul 2018, 10:14
Forum: Translations
Topic: Do you want to go home?
Replies: 44
Views: 6092

Re: Do you want to go home?

:con: Wena / Ngohu

Ha wa i bo zomba?
Q 2s COP want.AG go.home.AG
Do you want to go home?
by Imralu
Fri 20 Jul 2018, 05:36
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Surprising cognates
Replies: 80
Views: 8197

Re: Surprising cognates

k1234567890y wrote:
Thu 19 Jul 2018, 21:02
Chinese and English wheel, it is possible that the Chinese word was ultimately a borrowing from a word for wheel from Indo-European languages
Posts like this would be more interesting if you include the pronunciation.
by Imralu
Fri 20 Jul 2018, 05:30
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: Linguistic Stages
Replies: 4
Views: 334

Re: Linguistic Stages

Yeah, I don't see why there should be a cycle and I don't think there is any statistically significant evidence for one. Languages don't have a memory of the past and language change doesn't have a direction. There is a rough axis we can put languages on from isolating on one end and polysynthetic o...
by Imralu
Fri 20 Jul 2018, 02:08
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False cognates
Replies: 627
Views: 78113

Re: False cognates

So, generally I'd be skeptical of conlang examples without some pretty involved justification to show that there wasn't even subconscious borrowing, but it just so happens my conlang Wena (which I'm now calling Ngehu ) has this: :con: Ngehu: mwalimu = teacher, mentor, guru (from mwa "leader" + limu ...
by Imralu
Mon 16 Jul 2018, 00:30
Forum: Conlangs
Topic: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here
Replies: 13853
Views: 847862

Re: (Conlangs) Q&A Thread - Quick questions go here

So basically, "you will turn to page 20 in your textbooks" eventually meaning effectively "please turn to page 20 in your textbooks". The basic idea is that the first, when spoken by an authority figure, is sort of an imperative command. This sounds like you're working through stereotypical comedic...
by Imralu
Sun 15 Jul 2018, 14:31
Forum: Translations
Topic: Beans
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: Beans

Why is no one doing the second part?
Imralu wrote:
Mon 09 Jul 2018, 20:44

:eng: I;m thinking about thos Beans [sic]

:tan: Swahili:

Nafikiria maharagwe hayo
by Imralu
Mon 09 Jul 2018, 23:54
Forum: Translations
Topic: Al made Bob convince Carl to give Ellie Dobbin for Fran
Replies: 15
Views: 1226

Re: Al made Bob convince Carl to give Ellie Dobbin for Fran

:tan: Swahili: I'm reasonably confident about this one: Al alifanya Rob amshawishe Carl ampe Ellie Dobbin kwa ajili ya Fran. Al a-li-fany(a) Rob a-m-shawish(a)-e Carl a-m-p(a)-e Ellie Dobbin kwa ajili y-a Fran Al CL1-PST-make Rob CL1-CL1.OBJ-convince-SBJV CARL CL1-CL1.OBJ-give-SBJV Ellie Dobbin INST...
by Imralu
Mon 09 Jul 2018, 20:44
Forum: Translations
Topic: Beans
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Beans

Theme of Mr Bean, original in Latin. :lat: Ecce homo qui est faba. Ecce homo qui est faba Vale homo qui est faba qui est faba qui est faba. :eng: Behold the man who is a bean. Behold the man who is a bean. Farewell the man who is a bean, who is a bean, who is a bean. :tan: Swahili: Angalia mwanaume ...
by Imralu
Sun 10 Jun 2018, 11:48
Forum: Translations
Topic: Sun always...
Replies: 7
Views: 1438

Re: Sun always...

:tan: Swahili

Jua linaangaza sikuzote, hata lisipoonwa.
jua li-na-angaz(a) siku-z-ote | hata li-si-po-on(a)-w(a)
sun(CL5) CL5-PRES-shine nycthemera(CL10)-CL10-all | even CL5-NEG-CL16.REL-see-PASS
The sun always shines, even when (it is) not seen.