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Héısaqko chỉetoaı – Lesson 13

Hu páı (Dear) friend
Je chủfaq tûı jí anınyaq da. Kảqsı jí hóeshıy da. Hủosı jí súy da. I am sitting on the beach. I am watching the sunset. I am listening to the waves.
Gỉ tu rảı da. Cả hóq jâı jí da. Everything is good. That make me happy.
Keo bủ tî súq ní da. Cả hóq mêo jí da. But you are not here. That makes me sad.
Dủa bũ súq tîo dẻ ríaq da. You don’t know how beautiful this place is.
Zảı jí jîa fâ súq ní da. Zỏaıcıa jí âo chô súq ríaq da. I hope that you will come here in the future. I am certain that you would like the place.
Púchaq bı pủ fâ jí méı ru múaome da. Yesterday, I went to the mountains and the woods.
Jíachaq bı jỉa gêq jí mí Sảmı da. Bủa mí Sảmı ní da. Tomorrow, I will meet Sami. Sami lives here.
Jỉa fâ mýı dóaq da. Gẻo máq da. We will go to the village. It is old.
Jỉa tûa hó kâqgaı jí chíjıo ru (pu)sejıo da. They will make me see the church and the museum.
Jíajoa bı jỉa rîufa jí búe da. Next week, I will return home.
Súq bı gỉ tu rảı ba. Hỉo ka. As for you, may everything be well. Goodbye.

Notes

  1. chufaq expresses that a given thing is ongoing, in the middle of taking place. In English, this is usually expressed by the -ing form of a verb: Chủfaq fâ jí “I am going”. Note that the ongoing action can be in the past, present, or future: Pủ chûfaq fâ jí “I was going”, Jỉa chûfaq fâ jí “I will be going”.

  2. means “to be attentive (to something)”. Combined with kaq “visual”, and huo “auditory”, we get kaqsı “to watch something”, and huosı “to listen to something”.

  3. tîo “to what extent”, is a family member of “whether” and it follows the same pattern. Dẻ ríaq “the place is beautiful”, tîo dẻ ríaq “to what extent the place is beautiful”, or “how beautiful the place is”. Like , it also has a falling tone counterpart: Tỉo sảo jío moq? “How big is the building?”.

  4. puchaq “yesterday” and jıachaq “tomorrow” both use familiar components, so they should be easy to remember.

  5. chıjıo “to be a church” is another easy-to-remember compound. chı “to believe”, jıo “to be a building” — a building for believers.

  6. jıajoa “next week”, from jıa “future” and joa “week”. This word parallels jıachaq.

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