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46 [forty-six]

In the discotheque


46 [நாற்பத்தி ஆறு]



Is this seat taken?
இந்த இடத்திற்கு யாரும் வருகிறார்களா?
inta iṭattiṟku yārum varukiṟārkaḷā?
May I sit with you?
நான் உங்களுடன் உட்காரலாமா?
Nāṉ uṅkaḷuṭaṉ uṭkāralāmā?
How do you like the music?
உங்களுக்கு இசை பிடித்தமாக இருக்கிறதா?
Uṅkaḷukku icai piṭittamāka irukkiṟatā?
A little too loud.
கொஞ்சம் சத்தமாக இருக்கிறது.
Koñcam cattamāka irukkiṟatu.
But the band plays very well.
ஆனால் இசைக்குழு மிகவும் நன்றாக வாசிக்கிறார்கள்.
Āṉāl icaikkuḻu mikavum naṉṟāka vācikkiṟārkaḷ.
Do you come here often?
நீங்கள் இங்கு அடிக்கடி வருவதுண்டா?
Nīṅkaḷ iṅku aṭikkaṭi varuvatuṇṭā?
No, this is the first time.
இல்லை, இதுதான் முதல் தடவை.
Illai, itutāṉ mutal taṭavai.
I’ve never been here before.
நான் இங்கு வந்ததே இல்லை.
Nāṉ iṅku vantatē illai.
Would you like to dance?
உங்களுக்கு நடனமாட விருப்பமா?
Uṅkaḷukku naṭaṉamāṭa viruppamā?
Maybe later.
சிறிது நேரத்திற்கு பிறகு பார்க்கலாம்.
Ciṟitu nērattiṟku piṟaku pārkkalām.
I can’t dance very well.
எனக்கு நன்றாக டான்ஸ் ஆட தெரியாது.
Eṉakku naṉṟāka ṭāṉs āṭa teriyātu.
It’s very easy.
ரொம்ப சுலபம்.
Rompa culapam.
I’ll show you.
நான் உங்களுக்கு காண்பிக்கிறேன்.
Nāṉ uṅkaḷukku kāṇpikkiṟēṉ.
No, maybe some other time.
இல்லை,வேறே சமயம் பார்க்கலாம்.
Illai,vēṟē camayam pārkkalām.
Are you waiting for someone?
நீங்கள் யாருக்காவது காத்துக்கொண்டு இருக்கிறீர்களா?
Nīṅkaḷ yārukkāvatu kāttukkoṇṭu irukkiṟīrkaḷā?
Yes, for my boyfriend.
ஆமாம்,என்னுடைய ஆண் நண்பனுக்கு.
Āmām,eṉṉuṭaiya āṇ naṇpaṉukku.
There he is!
அதோ அவர்தான்!
Atō avartāṉ!

Genes influence language

The language we speak is dependent on our ancestry. But our genes are also responsible for our language. Scottish researchers have come to this conclusion. They examined how English differs from Chinese. In doing so they discovered that genes play a role, too. Because genes influence the development of our brain. That is to say, they shape our brain structures. With this, our ability to learn languages is determined. Variants of two genes are crucial to this. If a particular variant is scarce, tonal languages develop. So tonal languages are spoken by people without these gene variants. In tonal languages, the meaning of words is determined by the pitch of the tones. Chinese is included in the tonal languages, for example. If this gene variant is dominant, however, other languages develop. English is not a tonal language. The variants of this gene are not evenly distributed. That means they occur with differing frequency in the world. But languages only survive if they are passed down. In order to do this, children must be able to imitate the language of their parents. So they must be able to learn the language well. Only then will it be passed down from generation to generation. The older gene variant is the one that promotes tonal languages. So there were probably more tonal languages in the past than there are today. But one mustn't overestimate the genetic components. They can only add to explaining the development of languages. But there isn't a gene for English, or a gene for Chinese. Anybody can learn any language. You don't need genes for that, but rather only curiosity and discipline!

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Thai is a member of the Tai-Kadai language family. It is the native language of 20 million people. In contrast to most western languages, Thai is a tonal language. In tonal languages, the pronunciation of syllables changes their meaning. Most Thai words consist of only one syllable. A word takes on a different meaning depending on the pitch in which a syllable is spoken. Altogether Thai distinguishes between five pitches. Thai society was strictly divided over many centuries.

As a result, Thai still recognizes at least five different levels of speech today. These range from a simple vernacular to a very polite form of speech. Furthermore, Thai is divided into many local dialects. The language's semiotic system is a hybrid of an alphabet and syllabic writing. The grammar construction is not very complex. Because Thai is an isolating language, there are no declensions or conjugations. Learn Thai - it is really a fascinating language!


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