lojban by Choice/LojbanPod newbie lesson A0002

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Birthday Party


Introduction

How to ask someone to go together to a birthday party—in Lojban? With Liliana's and JP's guidance it's pretty easy. Of course, that doesn't mean that the answer is always “yes”! In any case, the keyword is lo jbedetri nu salci – the birthday party.


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Audio Lesson


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Dialogue

lo nanmu: coi! I .aipei do zvati lo jbedetri nu salci? noicon
lo ninmu: lo jbedetri be ma? noicon
lo nanmu: la .xavier. noicon
lo ninmu: i ai mi zvati. I pei klama co kansa? noicon
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Dialogue with Translation

lo nanmu: coi! I .aipei do zvati lo jbedetri nu salci? noicon
hello (new sentence) (intention question mark) you attend birthday celebration
man: Hello! Are you going to the party?
lo ninmu: lo jbedetri be ma? noicon
birthday of whom
woman: Whose birthday?
lo nanmu: la .xavier. ' ' ' ' noicon
(name marker) Javier ' ' ' '
man: Javier's.
lo ninmu: voy a ir. ¿Vamos juntos? noicon
yes (I) go to go (we) go together
woman: Sure I'm going to go. Shall we go together?
lo jbedetru nu salci – the birthday
kansa – together

Vocabulary for Dialogue

lo nanmu noun (masculine) the man
lo ninmu noun (feminine) the woman
coi! interjection hi!, hello!
klama verb (infinitive) to go
aipei verb (present tense) question asking for intention
zvati preposition attend (even or place)
lo jbedetri noun (feminine) day of birth of ... (someone)
nu salci noun (feminine) celebration
be ma interrogative pronoun of whom
la fiesta de cumpleaños phrase the birthday party
xavier noun (masculine) Javier
ai adverb yes, I intend.
mi klama verb (present tense) I go
pei phrase (question asking for attitude)
mi'ai klama verb (present tense) we go
co adjective (m./f.) (now there will a simple adverb to the right)
kansa adjective (m./f.) together

Vocabulary for Audio Lesson

la piñata noun (feminine) traditional Mexican game
el mariachi noun (masculine) traditional Mexican band or musician
el sombrero noun (masculine) the hat
los sombreros noun (plural, masculine) the hats
el trío noun (masculine) the trio
el bolero noun (masculine) the melancholic love song
los boleros noun (plural, masculine) the melancholic love songs
hasta preposition until
luego adverb then
hasta luego phrase see you later
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More Vocabulary

This section includes grammatically related words. Some of them are required by the exercise Dialogue Recast.

ir infinitive to go
(yo) voy present tense I go
(tú) vas you go (informal, singular)
(él/ella) va he/she(/it) goes
(usted) va you go (formal, singular)
(nosotros/-as) vamos we go (m./f.)
(vosotros/-as) vais you go (informal, plural, m./f.)
(ellos/ellas) van they go (m./f.)
(ustedes) van you go (formal, plural)
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Exercises

Dialogue Translation

Translate from Lojban to English. Click each bar to check your answer. If possible, read the Lojban sentences aloud.

¡Hola! ¿Vas a la fiesta?

Hello! Are you going to the party?

¿Cuál fiesta?

What party?

La fiesta de cumpleaños de Javier.

Javier's birthday party/the birthday party of Javier.

Sí voy a ir. ¿Vamos juntos?

Sure/yes I'm going to go. Shall we go together?

Dialogue Recall

Now translate from English to Lojban. Remember to say the Lojban sentences aloud.

Hello! Do you go to the party?

¡Hola! ¿Vas a la fiesta?

Which party?

¿Cuál fiesta?

The birthday party of Javier.

La fiesta de cumpleaños de Javier.

Sure I'm going to go. Do we go together?

Sí voy a ir. ¿Vamos juntos?

Dialogue Remix

Translate this variant of the dialogue from English to Lojban.

Are you going to go to the party?

¿Vas a ir a la fiesta?

Yes, I'm going to go to the party of Javier.

Sí, voy a ir a la fiesta de Javier.

Are we going to go together to the party?

¿Vamos a ir juntos a la fiesta?

What party?

¿Cuál fiesta?

Hello? Javier's party.

¿Hola? La fiesta de Javier.

Yes, the birthday party of Javier.

Sí, la fiesta de cumpleaños de Javier.

Yes. Do we go together to the party?

Sí. ¿Vamos juntos a la fiesta?

Sure I am going to go to the party.

Sí voy a ir a la fiesta.

Dialogue Recast

This translation exercise requires some of the words from the More Vocabulary section.

Hello! Do you go to the party? (formal)

¡Hola! ¿(Usted) va a la fiesta?

Which party?

¿Cuál fiesta?

The birthday party of Javier.

La fiesta de cumpleaños de Javier.

Sure I'm going to go. Do you go together? (formal, plural)

Sí voy a ir. ¿(Ustedes) van juntos?


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