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54 [fifty-four]



54 [шъэныкъорэ плIырэ]



I want to buy a present.
Сэ шIухьафтын сщэфы сшIоигъу.
Sje shIuh'aftyn sshhjefy sshIoigu.
But nothing too expensive.
Ау мылъэпIэ дэдэу.
Au myljepIje djedjeu.
Maybe a handbag?
Iалъмэкъ цIыкIумэ хъущта?
Ialmjek cIykIumje hushhta?
Which color would you like?
Сыд ышъоу уикIаса?
Syd yshou uikIasa?
Black, brown or white?
ШIуцIэу, хьаплъэу е фыжьэу ара?
ShIucIjeu, h'apljeu e fyzh'jeu ara?
A large one or a small one?
Инэу хьаумэ цIыкIоу ара?
Injeu h'aumje cIykIou ara?
May I see this one, please?
Мыщ сеплъымэ хъущта?
Myshh seplymje hushhta?
Is it made of leather?
Мыр шъуа зыхэшIыкIыгъэр?
Myr shua zyhjeshIykIygjer?
Or is it made of plastic?
Хьаумэ къэугупшысыгъэ гора зыхэшIыкIыгъэр?
H'aumje kjeugupshysygje gora zyhjeshIykIygjer?
Of leather, of course.
Шъо, Iо хэлъэп.
Sho, Io hjeljep.
This is very good quality.
Дэгъу дэдэу хъурэм фэд.
Djegu djedjeu hurjem fjed.
And the bag is really very reasonable.
Iалъмэкъым ыуаси шъыпкъэмкIэ бэп.
Ialmjekym yuasi shypkjemkIje bjep.
I like it.
Ар сыгу рехьы.
Ar sygu reh'y.
I’ll take it.
Can I exchange it if needed?
ИщыкIагъоу хъумэ, къысфызэблэшъухъужьыщта?
IshhykIagou humje, kysfyzjebljeshuhuzh'yshhta?
Of course.
Адэ ары.
Adje ary.
We’ll gift wrap it.
ШIухьафтын фэдэу къызэкIоцIытщыхьащт.
ShIuh'aftyn fjedjeu kyzjekIocIytshhyh'ashht.
The cashier is over there.
Кассэр мокIэ щыт.
Kassjer mokIje shhyt.

Who understands whom?

There are about 7 billion people in the world. They all have a language. Unfortunately, it's not always the same. So in order to speak with other nations, we must learn languages. That is often very arduous. But there are languages that are very similar. Their speakers understand one another, without mastering the other language. This phenomenon is called mutual intelligibility. Whereby two variants are distinguished. The first variant is oral mutual intelligibility. Here, the speakers understand each other when they talk. They do not understand the written form of the other language, however. This is because the languages have different written forms. Examples of this are the languages Hindi and Urdu. Written mutual intelligibility is the second variant. In this case, the other language is understood in its written form. But the speakers do not understand each other when they speak to each other. The reason for this is that they have very different pronunciation. German and Dutch are examples of this. The most closely related languages contain both variants. Meaning they are mutually intelligible both orally and in written form. Russian and Ukrainian or Thai and Laotian are examples. But there is also an asymmetrical form of mutual intelligibility. That is the case when speakers have different levels of understanding each other. Portuguese understand Spanish better than the Spanish understand Portuguese. Austrians also understand Germans better than the other way around. In these examples, pronunciation or dialect is a hindrance. He who really wants to have good conversations must learn something new…


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