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26 [twenty-six]

In nature


२६ [सव्वीस]



Do you see the tower there?
तुला तो मनोरा दिसतो आहे का?
tulā tō manōrā disatō āhē kā?
Do you see the mountain there?
तुला तो पर्वत दिसतो आहे का?
Tulā tō parvata disatō āhē kā?
Do you see the village there?
तुला तो खेडे दिसते आहे का?
Tulā tō khēḍē disatē āhē kā?
Do you see the river there?
तुला ती नदी दिसते आहे का?
Tulā tī nadī disatē āhē kā?
Do you see the bridge there?
तुला तो पूल दिसतो आहे का?
Tulā tō pūla disatō āhē kā?
Do you see the lake there?
तुला ते सरोवर दिसते आहे का?
Tulā tē sarōvara disatē āhē kā?
I like that bird.
मला तो पक्षी आवडतो.
Malā tō pakṣī āvaḍatō.
I like that tree.
मला ते झाड आवडते.
Malā tē jhāḍa āvaḍatē.
I like this stone.
मला हा दगड आवडतो.
Malā hā dagaḍa āvaḍatō.
I like that park.
मला ते उद्यान आवडते.
Malā tē udyāna āvaḍatē.
I like that garden.
मला ती बाग आवडते.
Malā tī bāga āvaḍatē.
I like this flower.
मला हे फूल आवडते.
Malā hē phūla āvaḍatē.
I find that pretty.
मला ते सुंदर वाटते.
Malā tē sundara vāṭatē.
I find that interesting.
मला ते कुतुहलाचे वाटते.
Malā tē kutuhalācē vāṭatē.
I find that gorgeous.
मला ते मोहक वाटते.
Malā tē mōhaka vāṭatē.
I find that ugly.
मला ते कुरूप वाटते.
Malā tē kurūpa vāṭatē.
I find that boring.
मला ते कंटाळवाणे वाटते.
Malā tē kaṇṭāḷavāṇē vāṭatē.
I find that terrible.
मला ते भयानक वाटते.
Malā tē bhayānaka vāṭatē.

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There are sayings in every language. In this way, sayings are an important part of national identity. Sayings reveal the norms and values of a country. Their form is generally known and fixed, not modifiable. Sayings are always short and succinct. Metaphors are often used in them. Many sayings are also poetically constructed. Most sayings give us advice or rules of conduct. But some sayings also offer obvious criticism. Sayings also often use stereotypes. So they may be about supposedly typical traits of other countries or people. Sayings have a long tradition. Aristotle praised them as short philosophical pieces. They are an important stylistic device in rhetoric and literature. What makes them special is that they always remain topical. In linguistics there is a discipline, which is devoted just to them. Many sayings exist in multiple languages. Thus they can be lexically identical. In this case, speakers of different languages use the same words. Bellende Hunde beißen nicht, Perro que ladra no muerde. (DE-ES) Other sayings are semantically similar. Meaning the same idea is expressed using different words. Appeler un chat un chat, Dire pane al pane e vino al vino. (FR-IT) So sayings help us understand other people and cultures. Most interesting are the sayings that are found worldwide. Those are about the "major" topics of human life. These sayings deal with universal experiences. They show that we're all alike – no matter what language we speak!

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