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17 [seventeen]

Around the house


‫17 [هفده]‬

‫در خانه‬


Our house is here.
‫اینجا خانه ماست.‬
injâ khâne-ye mast.
The roof is on top.
‫بالا پشت بام است.‬
bâlâ poshte bâm ast.
The basement is below.
‫پائین زیرزمین است.‬
pâin zir-zamin ast.
There is a garden behind the house.
‫پشت خانه یک باغ است.‬
poshte khane yek bâgh ast.
There is no street in front of the house.
‫جلوی خانه هیچ خیابانی نیست.‬
jeloye khâne khiâbâni nist.
There are trees next to the house.
‫درختانی در ‫کنار خانه هست.‬
kenâre khâne derakh-tâni hastand.
My apartment is here.
‫آپارتمان من ‫اینجاست.‬
injâ âpârtemâne man ast.
The kitchen and bathroom are here.
‫اینجا آشپزخانه و حمام است.‬
injâ âsh-paz-khâne va hammâm ast.
The living room and bedroom are there.
‫آنجا اتاق نشیمن و اتاق خواب است.‬
ânjâ otâghe neschiman va otâghe khâb ast.
The front door is closed.
‫درب خانه (درب اصلی) بسته است.‬
darbe khâne baste ast.
But the windows are open.
‫اما پنجره‌ها باز هستند.‬
ammâ panjere-hâ bâz hastand.
It is hot today.
‫امروز خیلی گرم است.‬
emrooz khyli garm ast.
We are going to the living room.
‫ما به اتاق نشیمن می‌رویم.‬
mâ be otâghe neshiman miravim.
There is a sofa and an armchair there.
‫یک کاناپه و یک مبل ‫آنجا است.‬
ânjâ yek kânâpe va yek mobl gharâr dârand.
Please, sit down!
My computer is there.
‫کامپیوتر من ‫آنجا است.‬
ânjâ kâmputer-e man gharâr dârad.
My stereo is there.
‫دستگاه استریوی من ‫آنجا است.‬
ânjâ dastgâhe esterio-ye man gharâr dârad.
The TV set is brand new.
‫تلویزیون کاملاً نو است.‬
televi-zion kâmelan no ast.

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