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by Imralu
Wed 10 Oct 2018, 03:32
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Language practice thread
Replies: 6160
Views: 419675

Re: Language practice thread

Mimi sijambo ingawa nimevunjiwa moyo. Kazini vyote vinaendelea vikiwa na matata machache lakini siyo makubwa. Sasa nina daktari wa magonjwa ya akili na namtembelea mara mbili kwa juma. Ewe mambo vipi kwako? I'm doing fine although I've had my heart broken. At work, everything is going along, with a...
by Imralu
Sat 08 Sep 2018, 03:52
Forum: Translations
Topic: A fable I wrote
Replies: 7
Views: 1867

Re: A fable I wrote

:tan: Swahili No time for a gloss just yet but I'd like to come back to this. Hapo zamani za kale kulikuwa na mfalme aliyejenga kasri nzuri sana. Alitaka mnyama kipenzi mkamilifu, hivyo akanunua wanyama wengi. Kwa kweli alinunua sabini, lakini hakutoshelezwa na yeyote, mpaka aliponunua panya wa kawa...
by Imralu
Sat 08 Sep 2018, 02:00
Forum: Translations
Topic: Kilimanjaro
Replies: 1
Views: 382

Re: Kilimanjaro

:tan: Swahili: Juu ya savana za Tanzania vinainuka vilele vya Kilimanjaro. Ni mlima mrefu zaidi barani Afrika (mita 5,895 au futi 19,341) na pia ni volkeno iliyozimika. juu y-a savana z-a Tanzania vi-na-inu-k-a vilele vy-a Kilimanjaro | Ni mlima m-refu zaidi bara-ni Afrika (mita 5,895) au futi 19,34...
by Imralu
Fri 31 Aug 2018, 03:00
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Conlanger stereotype poll
Replies: 35
Views: 2180

Re: Conlanger stereotype poll

1. cismale
2. gay
3. right-handed
4. Australian, Irish
5. white ... ginger
6. depression
7. scoliosis
8. no glasses but I am short sighted
9. full beard
10. average body-type
11. no subculture
12. no pets
13. no religion (atheist)
by Imralu
Thu 30 Aug 2018, 19:19
Forum: Linguistics & Natlangs
Topic: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences
Replies: 700
Views: 81647

Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

:eng: sport
:de: Sport (sport, exercise)
by Imralu
Sun 12 Aug 2018, 04:54
Forum: Translations
Topic: Fish smoking cigarettes
Replies: 15
Views: 1043

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: 15
Views: 1043

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: 5898

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: 5898

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: 654
Views: 89381

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: 2736

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: 700
Views: 81647

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: 700
Views: 81647

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: 700
Views: 81647

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: 81
Views: 10821

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: 8450
Views: 699807

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: 7383

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: 81
Views: 10821

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: 629

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: 654
Views: 89381

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 ...