Lesson 14

New words in this lesson:

kepul - like what, how (question word which asks to describe the object or action)
maxim... te/to - the most
minim... te/to - the least
of - off (of), (out) of, from
bimar - sick
seha - healthy
asan - easy
katina - difficult
muhim - important
sahi - correct
gale - wrong, incorrect
insan - human (being), people
fale - do, make
abil - can, be able to
musi - must

Notes

kepul

The question word kepul asks the listener/reader to describe the object or action. Like all question words, it is used in the same spot where the answer to the question would be.

Example 1:

  • Bwaw is kepul?
    How is the dog? or What is the dog like?

Although the question above is ambiguous, the context of the conversation will typically make the question clear.

  • Bwaw is kox.
    The dog is happy.

Example 2:

  • Yu hare kepul ergo?
    What is the job that you have like? or What kind of job do you have?

Notice how convoluted the question in English is. In Globasa, the question is straight-forward because it works the same way as the statement. Notice how the answer (asan) below will fit in the exact same spot as kepul.

  • Mi hare asan ergo.
    I have an easy job.

Example 3:

  • Kepul uma abil na pawbu velosi?
    What kind of horse can run fast?

  • Bala uma abil na pawbu velosi.
    A strong horse can run fast.

Example Sentences

  • Maria is maxim juni te of misu bete.
    Maria is the youngest of my children.

  • Piu is kepul?
    What is the bird like? or How is the bird?

  • Manixu wole kepul pantalun?
    What kind of pants does the man want?

Reading Practice

Mi hare multi doste. Maxim gao te of misu doste velosi pawbu. Maxim bala te is polisiyen. Minim bala te is bimar. Te musi na idi cel medicidom. Maxim juni te multi suki na ore musika ji na danse. Maxim lawo te no abil na danse. Te suki na oko Fransesa filme. Maxim humorpul te is alimyen in newe eskol.

Lesson Activity

Create your own sentences using the example above, and examples from previous lessons, as sentence patterns. Tell a story.