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28 [twenty-eight]

In the hotel – Complaints

 


28 [ਅਠਾਈ]

ਹੋਟਲ ਵਿੱਚ – ਸ਼ਿਕਾਇਤਾਂ

 

 
The shower isn’t working.
ਫੁਹਾਰਾ ਕੰਮ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰ ਰਿਹਾ।
phuhārā kama nahīṁ kara rihā.
There is no warm water.
ਗਰਮ ਪਾਣੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਆ ਰਿਹਾ।
Garama pāṇī nahīṁ ā rihā.
Can you get it repaired?
ਕੀ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਠੀਕ ਕਰਵਾ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋ?
Kī tusīṁ isa nū ṭhīka karavā sakadē hō?
 
 
 
 
There is no telephone in the room.
ਕਮਰੇ ਵਿੱਚ ਟੈਲੀਫੋਨ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ।
Kamarē vica ṭailīphōna nahīṁ hai.
There is no TV in the room.
ਕਮਰੇ ਵਿੱਚ ਟੈਲੀਵੀਜ਼ਨ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ।
Kamarē vica ṭailīvīzana nahīṁ hai.
The room has no balcony.
ਕਮਰੇ ਵਿੱਚ ਛੱਜਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ।
Kamarē vica chajā nahīṁ hai.
 
 
 
 
The room is too noisy.
ਕਮਰਾ ਬਹੁਤ ਰੌਲੇ ਵਾਲਾ ਹੈ।
Kamarā bahuta raulē vālā hai.
The room is too small.
ਕਮਰਾ ਬਹੁਤ ਛੋਟਾ ਹੈ।
Kamarā bahuta chōṭā hai.
The room is too dark.
ਕਮਰੇ ‘ਚ ਬਹੁਤ ਹਨੇਰਾ ਹੈ।
Kamarē ‘ca bahuta hanērā hai.
 
 
 
 
The heater isn’t working.
ਹੀਟਰ ਕੰਮ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰ ਰਿਹਾ।
Hīṭara kama nahīṁ kara rihā.
The air-conditioning isn’t working.
ਵਾਤਾਅਨੂਕੂਲਣ ਕੰਮ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰ ਰਿਹਾ।
Vātā'anūkūlaṇa kama nahīṁ kara rihā.
The TV isn’t working.
ਟੈਲੀਵੀਜ਼ਨ ਸੈੱਟ ਖਰਾਬ ਹੈ।
Ṭailīvīzana saiṭa kharāba hai.
 
 
 
 
I don’t like that.
ਮੈਨੂੰ ਇਹ ਚੰਗਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਲੱਗਦਾ।
Mainū iha cagā nahīṁ lagadā.
That’s too expensive.
ਇਹ ਮੇਰੇ ਲਈ ਬੜਾ ਮਹਿੰਗਾ ਹੈ।
Iha mērē la'ī baṛā mahigā hai.
Do you have anything cheaper?
ਕੀ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਕੋਲ ਹੋਰ ਸਸਤਾ ਕੁਛ ਹੈ?
Kī tuhāḍē kōla hōra sasatā kucha hai?
 
 
 
 
Is there a youth hostel nearby?
ਕੀ ਇੱਥੇ ਨੇੜੇਤੇੜੇ ਕੋਈ ਯੂਥ – ਹੋਸਟਲ ਹੈ?
Kī ithē nēṛētēṛē kō'ī yūtha – hōsaṭala hai?
Is there a boarding house / a bed and breakfast nearby?
ਕੀ ਇੱਥੇ ਨੇੜੇਤੇੜੇ ਕੋਈ ਗੈੱਸਟ – ਹਾਊਸ ਹੈ?
Kī ithē nēṛētēṛē kō'ī gaisaṭa – hā'ūsa hai?
Is there a restaurant nearby?
ਕੀ ਇੱਥੇ ਨੇੜੇਤੇੜੇ ਕੋਈ ਰੈਸਟੋਰੈਂਟ ਹੈ?
Kī ithē nēṛētēṛē kō'ī raisaṭōraiṇṭa hai?
 
 
 
 
 

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Positive languages, negative languages

Most people are either optimists or pessimists. But that can apply to languages too! Scientists repeatedly analyze the vocabulary of languages. In doing so they often come to astounding results. In English, for example, there are more negative than positive words. There are almost double the number of words for negative emotions. In western societies, the vocabulary influences the speakers. The people there complain quite often. They also criticize many things. Therefore, they use language with an altogether more negative tone. But negative words are interesting for another reason too. They contain more information than positive terms. The reason for this could lie in our evolution. It was always important for all living things to recognize dangers. They had to react quickly to risks. Besides that, they wanted to warn others of dangers. Therefore it was essential to be able to pass along information very quickly. As much as possible should be said with as few words as possible. Apart from that, negative language doesn't have any real advantages. That is easy for anyone to imagine. People who only speak negatively are surely not very popular. Furthermore, negative language affects our emotions. Positive language, on the other hand, can have positive effects. People that are always positive have more success in their career. So we should use our language more carefully. Because we choose which vocabulary we use. And through our language we create our reality. So: Speak positively!

Guess the language!

______ is counted among the Indo-Iranian languages. It is spoken in western and central India. ______ is the native language of more than 70 million people. For this reason it is counted among the 20 most-spoken languages in the world. ______ is written with the same script that is used for Hindi. In this alphabet, each symbol represents exactly one sound. There are 12 vowels and 36 consonants. The numbers are relatively complex.

There is a distinct word for 1 through 100. Each number must therefore be learned individually. ______ is divided into 42 different dialects. They all say a lot about the development of the language. Another feature of ______ is its long literary tradition. There are texts that are over 1000 years old. If you are interested in the history of India, you should study ______!

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