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RE: KLBC: T'Anna/ nu translation

> > > > > Now you try "Two days from now the boy will visit
> > > > > the embassy."
> > :) Translation: cha'leS rIvSo' Such loDHom.

Yes, this is correct.  See, you can do it.  (You have already gone farther
than what my wife has done in two years.)

> :)I hope I understood you correctly.  I hope this was
> :)what you wanted.

Yes, this is right.

> :)Right now I don't think I'm
> :)ready for sentences like this yet.

Not a problem.  I had to get a feel of where you are.

> :)I'll try practicing on long sentences off line, before I send
> :)another one via e-mail.

If you don't send them you won't know if you're getting them right.

Ok, so, leaving off the time stamp we go back to "The boy visits the
embassy."  You can do that one.  Now let's change the subject of the

"I will visit the embassy."

You know "embassy" - rIvSo'.
You know "visit" - Such.
Instead of "boy" we want "I" - jIH.

But, before we put these together like we did with the last lesson, we need
to look at the verb prefix chart on page 33.  Don't get scared by it; we'll
take these slowly.

The subject is "I".  We find the row in the chart that is for "I".  In that
row we see:
I     jI-   -   qa-   vI-   -   Sa-   vI-

At the top of each column we see more labels, these are the object.  We
already chose rIvSo' "embassy" to be the object.

Is "embassy" a "none"?  no.
Is "embassy" a "me"?  no.
Is "embassy" a "you"?  no.
Is "embassy" a "him, her, or it"?  An embassy is a thing, an "it".
Is "embassy" an "us"?  no.
Is "embassy" a "you" (refering to a group)?  no.
Is "embassy" a "them"?  no.

So as we see here, we want "it".  We read across that row and we find that
vI- is the one that is under the label for "him/her/it".  We want vI-.

This is a verb prefix.  This means it is attached to the front of the verb.
In English we have prefixes like re-, mis-, un-.
 write -> rewrite
 understand -> misunderstand
 do -> undo

We already know the verb we want is Such "visit".  Now we attach the prefix
vI- to it; we get vISuch.

Now we can put this into our sentence.
rIvSo' vISuch jIH - "I will visit the embassy."

Now we will change this to "You will visit the embassy."

We look up "you" and find  SoH.
("you (plural)" is when you are talking to a group of people.)

On that chart we find the row for "you" (not the plural version).  We find:
you     bI-   cho-   -   Da-   ju-   -   Da-

We already determined that the embassy is an "it".  Under the label for
"him/her/it" we find Da-.  Attach this to the verb Such; we get DaSuch.

Put this in our sentence:
rIvSo' DaSuch SoH - "You visit the embassy."

Now if we make this "He visits the embassy.", on the chart we find 0.  This
does NOT get attached to the verb.  Where ever you find 0, it means there is
no prefix.
So "He visits the embassy" would be  rIvSo' Such ghaH.

Now I want you to write "They visit the embassy."
You need to look up "they", and you need to look on the chart on the row for

DloraH, BG

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