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29 [twenty-nine]

At the restaurant 1


29 [ఇరవై తొమ్మిది]

రెస్టారెంట్ వద్ద 1


Is this table taken?
ఈ టేబుల్ ని ఎవరైనా బుక్ చేసుకున్నారా?
Ī ṭēbul ni evarainā buk cēsukunnārā?
I would like the menu, please.
నాకు మెనూ ఇవ్వండి
Nāku menū ivvaṇḍi
What would you recommend?
మీరు దేన్ని సిఫారసు చేస్తారు?
Mīru dēnni siphārasu cēstāru?
I’d like a beer.
నాకు బీర్ కావాలి
Nāku bīr kāvāli
I’d like a mineral water.
నాకు మినరల్ వాటర్ కావాలి
Nāku minaral vāṭar kāvāli
I’d like an orange juice.
నాకు బత్తాయి రసం కావాలి
Nāku battāyi rasaṁ kāvāli
I’d like a coffee.
నాకు కాఫీ కావాలి
Nāku kāphī kāvāli
I’d like a coffee with milk.
నాకు పాలతో కలిపిన కాఫీ కావాలి
Nāku pālatō kalipina kāphī kāvāli
With sugar, please.
చెక్కరతో ఇవ్వండి
Cekkaratō ivvaṇḍi
I’d like a tea.
నాకు టీ కావాలి
Nāku ṭī kāvāli
I’d like a tea with lemon.
నాకు నిమ్మకాయ రసంతో టీ కావాలి
Nāku nim'makāya rasantō ṭī kāvāli
I’d like a tea with milk.
నాకు పాలతో కలిపిన టీ కావాలి
Nāku pālatō kalipina ṭī kāvāli
Do you have cigarettes?
మీ వద్ద సిగరెట్లు ఉన్నాయా?
Mī vadda sigareṭlu unnāyā?
Do you have an ashtray?
మీ వద్ద యాష్ ట్రే ఉందా?
Mī vadda yāṣ ṭrē undā?
Do you have a light?
మీ వద్ద దీపం ఉందా?
Mī vadda dīpaṁ undā?
I’m missing a fork.
నా వద్ద ఫోర్క్ లేదు
Nā vadda phōrk lēdu
I’m missing a knife.
నా వద్ద చాకు లేదు
Nā vadda cāku lēdu
I’m missing a spoon.
నా వద్ద స్పూన్ లేదు
Nā vadda spūn lēdu

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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…

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