Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Part seven of the Mondial example sentences and it looks like we have about four or five days left before they will all be complete. Today we learn how to say things like "yes, there is nothing like going shooting in the forest" (Si, nulo vala da andar chasar in le foreste).
While we're at it I'll mention two interesting articles I found today and yesterday:
This one, the first of three, on why a return to the moon makes more sense than a near-Earth asteroid. It includes the very valid point that a near-Earth asteroid really is a misnomer: they are asteroids that just happen to fly close by the Earth every decade or two, and really aren't near-Earth asteroids at other times.
This article from the Globe & Mail on Gaelic in Canada, more specifically a small area in Ontario where it is spoken by about 1000 people.
Back to Mondial: the French - Mondial dictionary now has about 1900 entries and now that the long weekend is over progression will be somewhat slower than over the past three days. Should be done in about a week or a bit more. The most recent term is dormir, so still a ways to go.
Sporte -- Sport
Quel e votre sporte favorite? -- What is your favourite sport?
Yo ama avan tuto da jocar futbol (bala a mano), ma in le estate yo prefera tenis (golf) i natacion.
Ha vu un equipe de futbol a votre scola? -- Have you a football team at your school?
Si, un bon equipe, que ha ganiate multe maches. Le ultim volte nu ha ganiate con cuar metas contre du. -- Yes, a good team, which has won a lot of matches. Last time we won by four goals to two.
U vavi le mache jocate? -- Where was the match played?
Il vavi jocate in G. -- It was played at G.
Lo deva ser fatigante da jocar bala a mano? -- It must be tiring to play handball?
Si, on e obligate da curar a devante, a deriere tute le tempo. Avoltes le bala va gectate in alto i cada a baso multo lontano. -- Yes, you must run backwards and forwards the whole time. Sometimes the ball is thrown up and comes down far away.
Come rapidemente pova vu curar? -- How fast can you run?
Cente metres in duce secondes, ma ora yo non pova curar. -- A hundred metres in twelve seconds, but now I cannot run.
Por coi non? Coi ha evenate a vos? -- Why not? What has happened to you?
Yo ha fate me mal in le pede. -- I have hurt my foot.
Come altemente (lontanmente) salta vu? -- How high (far) can you jump?
Yo salta cente sexante sentimetres (cuin metres). -- I jump one hundred and sixty centimetres (five metres).
Ama vu da piscar o da cavalcar? -- Do you like fishing or riding?
Yo non pisca sovente, ma yo cavalca cuandunque yo sucesa da empruntar un bon caval. -- I don't fish very often, but I ride whenever I succeed in borrowing a good horse.
Vu non chasa? -- You don't shoot?
Si, nulo vala da andar chasar in le foreste. -- Yes, there is nothing like going shooting in the forest.
Le scola -- School
Si tu e preste, nu pova andar al scola. (Andamo al scola!) -- If you are ready, we can go to school. (Let us go to school!)
Atenda un momente, yo va prendar mi libres. -- Wait a moment, I am going to fetch my books.
Cuante tempo prenda lo? -- How long will it take?
Solo algue secondes. -- Only a few seconds.
Ha tu multe leciones hodie? -- Have you many classes today?
Si, yo ha tri le matin in cuar le dopo-midi. -- Yes, I have three in the morning and four in the afternoon.
Cuante lezones ha tu? -- How much homework have you?
Cuin lezones, i le francese e multo dificulte. Yer sera yo travaliavi a lo tute un hora. -- Five subjects and the French is very difficult. Last night I worked a whole hour on it.
Ma non trova tu francese plu interesante di latin i historia? -- But don't you find French more interesting than Latin and history?
Si. Yo non sava ancor mi historia. Yo va aprendar lo duran le recreacion. -- Yes. I don't know my history yet. I am going to learn it during the break.
Ma tu non studia matematica, fisica, quimía i biología. -- But you don't study mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.
No, ma yo studia german, englese i filosofia. -- No, but I study German, English and philosophy.
Le profesor de matematica ha date nos un grande lezon. Yo ama melio gimnastica i desin di tute le altre materias. -- The mathematics teacher has given us a lot of homework. I like gymnastics and drawing better than the other subjects.
Yo ha anque un composicion da scribar. -- I have a composition to write, too.
I yo ha un proba de matematica i un tema englese. -- And I have a test in mathematics and a translation into English.
Yo decovra que yo ha ubliate un libre in casa. Il non e in mi porta-folie. -- I find that I have left a book at home. It isn't in my satchel.
Ha tu multe camarades in tui clase? -- Have you many boys and girls (classmates) in your class?
Si, nu e triante eleves, octece garsones i duce filies, ma plures e absente, car li e malade. -- Yes, there are thirty pupils, eighteen boys and twelve girls, but several are absent because they are ill.
Yo tima que nu arivara tro tarde al scola. -- I am afraid we shall be late for school.
Oh no, tu ha torto. Come tu e stulte! Nu ha bastante tempo. nu sera la in dece minutes, i le scola comenza solo in un cuarte de hora. Tu non besonia curar. -- Oh no, you are wrong. Don't be silly! We have plenty of time. We shall be there in ten minutes, and school does not begin for a quarter of an hour. You need not run.
In le estate yo sola andar al scola a biciclete (motociclete). -- In summer I usually go to school on my bicycle (motorcycle).
Dopo le scola nu pova jocar futbal algue tempo avan returnar a casa por le diner. -- After school we can play football for a while before going home for dinner.
Si, lo seria amusante. Yo atenda te fuor le scola, ma yo deva andar che le dentiste cil dopo-midi. -- Yes, that would be fun. I'll wait for you outside the school, but I have to go to the dentist's this afternoon.