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At the restaurant 1


29 [ਉਨੱਤੀ]

ਰੈਸਟੋਰੈਂਟ ਵਿੱਚ 1


Is this table taken?
ਕੀ ਇਹ ਮੇਜ਼ ਖਾਲੀ ਹੈ?
kī iha mēza khālī hai?
I would like the menu, please.
ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ ਮੈਨੂੰ ਮੈਨਊ ਦੇਣਾ।
Kripā karakē mainū maina'ū dēṇā.
What would you recommend?
ਤੁਸੀਂ ਕੀ ਸਿਫਾਰਿਸ਼ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋ?
Tusīṁ kī siphāriśa kara sakadē hō?
I’d like a beer.
ਮੈਨੂੰ ਇੱਕ ਬੀਅਰ ਚਾਹੀਦੀ ਹੈ।
Mainū ika bī'ara cāhīdī hai.
I’d like a mineral water.
ਮੈਨੂੰ ਇੱਕ ਮਿਨਰਲ ਵਾਟਰ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਹੈ।
Mainū ika minarala vāṭara cāhīdā hai.
I’d like an orange juice.
ਮੈਨੂੰ ਇੱਕ ਸੰਤਰੇ ਦਾ ਰਸ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਹੈ।
Mainū ika satarē dā rasa cāhīdā hai.
I’d like a coffee.
ਮੈਨੂੰ ਇੱਕ ਕਾਫੀ ਚਾਹੀਦੀ ਹੈ।
Mainū ika kāphī cāhīdī hai.
I’d like a coffee with milk.
ਮੈਨੂੰ ਦੁੱਧ ਨਾਲ ਇੱਕ ਕਾਫੀ ਚਾਹੀਦੀ ਹੈ।
Mainū dudha nāla ika kāphī cāhīdī hai.
With sugar, please.
ਕ੍ਰਿਪਾ ਕਰਕੇ, ਸ਼ੱਕਰ ਨਾਲ।
Kripā karakē, śakara nāla.
I’d like a tea.
ਮੈਂਨੂੰ ਇੱਕ ਚਾਹ ਚਾਹੀਦੀ ਹੈ।
Mainnū ika cāha cāhīdī hai.
I’d like a tea with lemon.
ਮੈਨੂੰ ਨੀਂਬੂ ਨਾਲ ਇੱਕ ਚਾਹ ਚਾਹੀਦੀ ਹੈ।
Mainū nīmbū nāla ika cāha cāhīdī hai.
I’d like a tea with milk.
ਮੈਨੂੰ ਦੁੱਧ ਨਾਲ ਇੱਕ ਚਾਹ ਚਾਹੀਦੀ ਹੈ।
Mainū dudha nāla ika cāha cāhīdī hai.
Do you have cigarettes?
ਕੀ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਕੋਲ ਸਿਗਰਟ ਹੈ?
Kī tuhāḍē kōla sigaraṭa hai?
Do you have an ashtray?
ਕੀ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਕੋਲ ਰਾਖਦਾਨੀ ਹੈ?
Kī tuhāḍē kōla rākhadānī hai?
Do you have a light?
ਕੀ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਕੋਲ ਸੁਲਗਾਉਣ ਲਈ ਕੁਛ ਹੈ?
Kī tuhāḍē kōla sulagā'uṇa la'ī kucha hai?
I’m missing a fork.
ਮੇਰੇ ਕੋਲ ਕਾਂਟਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ।
Mērē kōla kāṇṭā nahīṁ hai.
I’m missing a knife.
ਮੇਰੇ ਕੋਲ ਛੁਰੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ।
Mērē kōla churī nahīṁ hai.
I’m missing a spoon.
ਮੇਰੇ ਕੋਲ ਚਮਚਾ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੈ।
Mērē kōla camacā nahīṁ hai.

Grammar prevents lies!

Every language has particular features. But some also have characteristics that are unique worldwide. Among these languages is Trio. Trio is a Native American language in South America. Around 2,000 people in Brazil and Suriname speak it. What makes Trio special is its grammar. Because it forces its speakers to always tell the truth. The so-called frustrative ending is responsible for this. This ending is added to verbs in Trio. It indicates how true a sentence is. A simple example explains how exactly it works. Let's take the sentence The child went to school. In Trio, the speaker has to add a certain ending onto the verb. Through the ending he is able to communicate whether he saw the child himself. But he can also express that he only knows it from speaking to others. Or he says through the ending that he knows it's a lie. So the speaker has to commit to what he is saying. Meaning, he must communicate how true a statement is. In this way he cannot keep anything a secret or sugarcoat anything. If a Trio speaker leaves the ending off, he is deemed a liar. In Suriname the official language is Dutch. Translations from Dutch into Trio are often problematic. Because most languages are much less precise. They make it possible for the speakers to be vague. Therefore, interpreters don't always commit to what they are saying. The communication with Trio speakers is thereby difficult. Perhaps the frustrative ending would be helpful in other languages too!? Not only in the language of politics…

Guess the language!

*****onian is the native language of around 2 million people. It is counted among the South Slavic languages. It is most closely related to Bulgarian. Speakers of both languages can communicate with each other easily. The two languages differ from each other more in their written forms. There have always been many different ethnic groups in *****onia. Naturally, this is also apparent in the vernacular. It has been influenced by numerous other languages.

The neighboring country of Serbia has especially influenced the *****onian language. The vocabulary contains many terms from Russian, Turkish, and English. Such linguistic variety does not exist in many countries. That is why it has been difficult for *****onian to establish itself as its own language. *****onian literature has especially suffered from this situation. *****onian is now considered an established standard language. For this reason, it is an important part of the *****onian identity.


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