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29 [twenty-nine]

At the restaurant 1


‫29 [تسعة وعشرون]‬

‫فى المطعم 1‬


Is this table taken?
‫هل هذه الطاولة شاغرة؟‬
hl hadhih alttawilat shaghart?
I would like the menu, please.
‫من فضلك، لائحة الطعام.‬
mn fidalaka, layihat altaeama.
What would you recommend?
‫بما تنصحني؟‬
bima tunsihuny?
I’d like a beer.
‫أريد كأساً من الجعة؟.‬
arid kasaan min aljieat?.
I’d like a mineral water.
‫أريد مياه معدنية.‬
arid miah muedniat.
I’d like an orange juice.
‫أريد عصير البرتقال.‬
arid easir alburtaqal.
I’d like a coffee.
‫أريد فنجان قهوة.‬
arid funajan qahwata.
I’d like a coffee with milk.
‫أريد القهوة مع الحليب.‬
arid alqahwat mae alhaliyba.
With sugar, please.
‫مع السكر، من فضلك.‬
me alsikari, min fadlaka.
I’d like a tea.
‫أريد فنجان شاي.‬
arid fanajaan shaya.
I’d like a tea with lemon.
‫أريد الشاي مع الليمون.‬
arid alshshay mae allaymuna.
I’d like a tea with milk.
‫أريد الشاي مع الحليب.‬
arid alshshay mae alhalib.
Do you have cigarettes?
‫ألديكم سجائر؟‬
aludikum sajayra?
Do you have an ashtray?
‫ألديكم منفضة؟‬
aludaykum munafadat?
Do you have a light?
‫ألديكم ولاعة؟‬
aludikum walaeata?
I’m missing a fork.
‫تنقصني شوكة.‬
tnaqusni shawkata.
I’m missing a knife.
‫ينقصني سكين.‬
ynqusni sakina.
I’m missing a spoon.
‫تنقصني ملعقة.‬
tnaqusni muleaqatan.

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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*****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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