Some grammar and structures - revision 1-11

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Some grammar and structures - revision 1-11

Postby nighean-neonach » 2007-03-06, 9:58

This forum has become rather silent... what about a bit of practice before I post too much new stuff?
You could try translating the following sentences into Greenlandic, maybe trying out of your memory as much as possible?
If you like you could also write your own Greenlandic sentences and we'll see if they are correct, or you could give each other (and me) some more English sentences to translate :)

The man buys a car.
My dogs are not in Nuuk.
Our daughter is clever, but my younger brother is not clever.
My grandmother lives in Denmark.
My father has a shop.
The shop is not big.
Is your friend tired?
My friend has written a book.
We go to the airport, my mother travels to Nuuk.
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Re: Some grammar and structures - revision 1-11

Postby Steisi » 2007-03-06, 10:37

nighean-neonach wrote:The man buys a car.
My dogs are not in Nuuk.
Our daughter is clever, but my younger brother is not clever.
My grandmother lives in Denmark.
My father has a shop.
The shop is not big.
Is your friend tired?
My friend has written a book.
We go to the airport, my mother travels to Nuuk.


Angut auto pisivaa? (translative?)
Qimmikka Nuumminngillat.
Paniput* silatuvoq, kisianni aqqaluterput* silatunngilaq.
Aanara Danmarkimi najugaqarpoq.
Ataataga pisianarfiiqarpoq.*
Pisianarfik mikivoq.
Ikinngutit* qasuva?
Ikinnguga* allap...(Total problems with this :D)
Angalavut mittarfimut*, anaanaga angalavoq Nuummuqarpoq.

*= I have problems joining the conjugations, I think there were posts on it but I just did this quick ^_^
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Re: Some grammar and structures - revision 1-11

Postby nighean-neonach » 2007-03-07, 21:59

Angut auto pisivaa? (translative?)
-> as it is "a car" you use the intransitive form of the verb here: Angut biilimik pisivoq.

Qimmikka Nuumminngillat.
-> Nuummiinngillat.

Paniput* silatuvoq, kisianni aqqaluterput* silatunngilaq.
-> panipput, aqqaluga
(The little German book has some nice tables in the back, where you can see how the endings work with the various noun classes)

Ataataga pisianarfiiqarpoq.*
-> pisiniarfeqarpoq, I'd say (pisiniarfik + qarpoq, this cuts off the last consonant, and i becomes e before q)

Ikinnguga* allap...(Total problems with this :D)
-> Ikinngutiga atuakkamik allappoq.
(This one was actually tricky, because atuagaq belongs to the 2nd noun class, which we haven't looked at yet)

Angalavut mittarfimut*, anaanaga angalavoq Nuummuqarpoq.
-> Here I would probably have said something like: Mittarfimmukarpugut, anaanaga Nuuliarniarpoq.
But there are various ways to express these things... and I'm only a learner as well ;)

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