Lesson 18

Word List

  • ban - some, certain
    • bante - somebody
    • banto - something
    • bankwanti - some (quantity of)
    • bannumer - several, a few, some
  • fe - at, in, on (with phrases denoting time)
  • mara - time (occasion)
    • (fe) ban mara - once (on a certain occasion), once upon a time
    • (fe) duli mara - sometimes, at times, on occasion
  • mesaje - message; (send) message
  • neto - net, web
  • posta - mail
    • netoposta - email; (send) email)
  • adresu - address
    • netoadresu - email address
  • eskri - write
  • gibe - give
  • tas - to, for (recipient marker)
  • irsal - send
  • maydo - sale; sell
  • jixi - know (information)
  • kone - know (be acquainted/familiar with)
  • fikir - thought; think
  • ki - that (conjunction)
  • kal - empty; -less

Quizlet Flash Cards


Recipient Marker tas

The recipient (commonly known as the indirect object) is marked with the preposition tas (to, for). It is always obligatory, meaning that it should never be omitted. The recipient may come right after the direct object or between the verb and the direct object.

Am gibe tas mi kamisa.
Give me the shirt.

Am gibe kursi tas mi.
Give the chair to me.


The word ki is a conjunction meaning that, not to be confused with the determiner den (that, as opposed to this). It always introduces a clause (a sentence within a sentence).

Mi fikir ki yusu netoposta sen daymo lungo.
I think (that) your email is very long.

In the sentence above, your email is very long is a clause, or a complete sentence within the larger sentence. Notice that in English the word that is optional. In Globasa, on the other hand, ki is obligatory, never optional.

Compound Words with kal

The word kal (empty) is the opposite of pul. Like pul, it may be used as a suffix meaning without sufficient and is often translated as -less in English.

Fill in the blanks below:

hungry (meal-empty/-less): thirsty (water-empty/-less): poor (money-less):

Phrases Denoting Time

The word fe is also used with expressions of time but is usually optional in these cases, such as in (fe) ban mara or (fe) duli mara. In the phrase duli mara, the word duli is a derived word using the prefix du-. In Lesson 19, you will learn another way to use duli.

Example Sentences

Nini le gibe sesu roti tas yamkal manixu.
The child gave their bread to the hungry man.

Mi fikir ki misu myaw sen suikal.
I think (that) my cat is thirsty.

Reading and Listening Practice

Mi ogar in Usa ji misu bete ogar in Espani. Mi irsal mesaje tas te duli mara. Te eskri tas mi lungo netoposta. Te loga ki Espani sen daymo meli. Te loga, "Kam yu vole na turi hinloka?" Mi fikir ki mi xa dao cel Espani cel na visita misu bete.

Lesson Activity

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