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22 [twenty-two]

Small Talk 3


22 [тIокIырэ тIурэ]

ЗэдэгущыIэгъу кIэкI 3


Do you smoke?
Тутын уешъуа?
Tutyn ueshua?
I used to.
But I don’t smoke anymore.
Ау джы сешъожьрэп.
Au dzhy seshozh'rjep.
Does it disturb you if I smoke?
Тутын хэзгъанэмэ узгъэохъущта?
Tutyn hjezganjemje uzgjeohushhta?
No, absolutely not.
Хьау, зыкIи арэп.
H'au, zykIi arjep.
It doesn’t disturb me.
Ащ сэ сигъэохъущтэп.
Ashh sje sigjeohushhtjep.
Will you drink something?
Зыгорэм уешъощта?
Zygorjem ueshoshhta?
A brandy?
No, preferably a beer.
Хьау, пивэмэ нахьышIу.
H'au, pivjemje nah'yshIu.
Do you travel a lot?
Бэрэ зекIо окIуа?
Bjerje zekIo okIua?
Yes, mostly on business trips.
Ары, ау нахьыбэрэмкIэ Iофым ехьылIагъэу сэзекIо.
Ary, au nah'ybjerjemkIje Iofym eh'ylIagjeu sjezekIo.
But now we’re on holiday.
Ау мызыгъэгурэм гъэпсэфакIо мыщ тыщыI.
Au myzygjegurjem gjepsjefakIo myshh tyshhyI.
It’s so hot!
Сыдэу жъоркъ!
Sydjeu zhork!
Yes, today it’s really hot.
Ары, непэ щэч хэмылъэу фэбае.
Ary, nepje shhjech hjemyljeu fjebae.
Let’s go to the balcony.
Балконым тытегъахь.
Balkonym tytegah'.
There’s a party here tomorrow.
Неущ мыщ чэщдэс щыIэщт.
Neushh myshh chjeshhdjes shhyIjeshht.
Are you also coming?
Шъори шъукъэкIощта?
Shori shukjekIoshhta?
Yes, we’ve also been invited.
Ары, тэри тыкъырагъэблэгъагъ.
Ary, tjeri tykyragjebljegag.

Language and writing

Each language is used for communication between people. When we speak, we express what we are thinking and feeling. In doing so, we don't always stick to the rules of our language. We use our own language, our vernacular. It's different in written language. Here, all the rules of our language are displayed. Writing is what enables a language to become a real language. It makes language visible. Through writing, thousands of years' worth of knowledge is passed on. This is why writing is the foundation of every sophisticated culture. The first form of writing was invented more than 5,000 years ago. It was the cuneiform writing of the Sumerians. It was carved into slabs of clay. This cuneiform was used for three hundred years. The hieroglyphics of the ancient Egyptians existed for about as long. Countless scientists have devoted their studies to it. Hieroglyphics represent a relatively complicated writing system. However, it was probably invented for a very simple reason. The Egypt of that time was a vast kingdom with many inhabitants. Everyday life and above all the economic system needed to be organized. Taxes and accounting needed to be efficiently managed. For this, the ancient Egyptians developed their graphic characters. Alphabetic writing systems, on the other hand, go back to the Sumerians. Each writing system reveals a great deal about the people who use it. Furthermore, each country shows its own characteristics through its writing. Unfortunately, the art of handwriting is disappearing. Modern technology makes it almost superfluous. So: Don't just speak, keep writing too!


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