Lesson 7

Word List

  • imi - we
  • uyu - you (pl.)
  • ete - they (animate)
  • oto - they (inanimate)
  • ke - which
    • kete - who
    • keto - what
  • loga - say, tell
  • cudu - get, take, obtain, acquire
  • idi - go
  • ata - come
  • cel - to (movement)
  • yen - being (human or animal)
  • alim - teach, teaching
    • alimyen - teacher
  • medis - medicine (practice), medicate
    • medisyen - physician
    • medisdom - clinic
  • polisi - police
    • polisiyen - police officer

Quizlet Flash Cards

Notes

Questions

Questions have the same word order as their counterpart declarative sentences.

  • Medisyen yam keto?
    “The doctor eats what?”
    What does the doctor eat?

Compounds with yen

The word yen denotes any life form or personified object. It is often used to create compounds with nouns, verb and adjectives.

With noun/verb words:

  • alim (teach) - alimyen (teacher)
  • polisi (police) - polisiyen (police officer)

With adj/adv words:

  • juni (young) - juniyen (a young being/person, a youth)
  • bala (strong) - balayen (a strong being/person)

The words man and woman can also be expressed as manyen and femyen. Technically, manyen refers to any male (whether boy or man) and femyen refers to any female (whether girl, lady or woman). However, since we would typically use nini for an underage human, manyen and femyen may be used not only when one is not sure of the person's age, but when we're referring to an adult.

Example Sentences

  • Den femyen sen medisyen.
    That lady is a doctor.

  • Alimyen idi cel eskol.
    The teacher goes to the school.

  • Polisiyen hare keto?
    What does the police officer have?

Reading Practice

Multi ixu le idi cel day eskol. Hinto hare bon alimyen. Te alim xwexiyen na koki. Multi te ata cel na xwexi na bon koki.

"Imi xa koki keto?" xwexiyen loga.

"Uyu xa koki neo koki," alimyen loga.

"Koki hare keto?" xwexiyen loga.

"Patato, bwaw ji uma," alimyen loga.

Gao xwexiyen sen polisiyen. Te no sen hox: "Keto?! Dento no sen koki! Bwaw ji uma sen meli! Ete sen doste!"

"Fe lutuf, multi te suki na yam xosu bwaw ji uma. Kam yu aham?" alimyen loga.

"No! Ete no sen yam! Yu xa idi cel polisidom," polisiyen loga.

Lesson Activity

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