lojban by Choice/LojbanPod newbie lesson A0116

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Do You Want a Mint?


The topic of this lesson is irregular breath and how to deal with it. Our keyword is also irregular: huele – it smells from the irregular verb oler – to smell.

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Audio Lesson

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lo nanmu: ¿Quieres una menta? noicon
lo ninmu: ¿Por qué? ¿Me huele la boca? noicon
lo nanmu: Sí, ¡toma! noicon
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Dialogue with Translation

lo ninmu: ¿Quieres una menta? noicon
(you) want a mint
woman: Do you want a mint?
lo nanmu: ¿Por qué? ¿Me huele la boca? noicon
why (to) me smells the mouth
man: Why? Does my mouth stink?
lo ninmu: Sí, ¡toma! noicon
yes (you) take
woman: Yes, take this!
la menta – the mint
la boca – the mouth

Vocabulary for Dialogue

la mujer noun (feminine) the woman
el hombre noun (masculine) the man
querer verb (infinitive) to want
(tú) quieres verb (present tense) you want (informal, singular)
un/una article (m./f.) a
la menta noun (feminine) the mint
¿por qué? adverb why?
me indirect object pronoun (to) me
oler verb (infinitive) to smell
(él/ella) huele verb (present tense) he/she(/it) smells
la boca noun (feminine) the mouth
adverb yes
tomar verb (infinitive) to take
¡(tú) toma! verb (imperative) you take! (informal, singular)

Vocabulary for Audio Lesson

hasta luego phrase see you later
hasta mañana phrase until tomorrow
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More Vocabulary

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

querer infinitive to want
(yo) quiero present tense I want
(tú) quieres you want (informal, singular)
(él/ella) quiere he/she(/it) wants
(usted) quiere you want (formal, singular)
(nosotros/-as) queremos we want (m./f.)
(vosotros/-as) queréis you want (informal, plural, m./f.)
(ellos/ellas) quieren they want (m./f.)
(ustedes) quieren you want (formal, plural)
me indirect object pronoun (to) me
te (to) you (informal, singular)
le (to) him/her(/it)
le (to) you (formal, singular)
nos (to) us
os (to) you (informal, plural)
les (to) them
les (to) you (formal, plural)
oler infinitive to smell
(yo) huelo present tense I smell
(tú) hueles you smell (informal, singular)
(él/ella) huele he/she(/it) smells
(usted) huele you smell (formal, singular)
(nosotros/-as) olemos we smell (m./f.)
(vosotros/-as) oléis you smell (informal, plural, m./f.)
(ellos/ellas) huelen they smell (m./f.)
(ustedes) huelen you smell (formal, plural)
tomar infinitive to take
¡(tú) toma! imperative (you) take! (informal, singular)
¡(usted) tome! (you) take! (formal, singular)
¡(nosotros/-as) tomemos! (let's) take! (m./f.)
¡(vosotros/-as) tomad! (you) take! (informal, plural, m./f.)
¡(ustedes) tomen! (you) take! (formal, plural)
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Dialogue Translation

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

¿Quieres una menta?

Do you want a mint?

¿Por qué? ¿Me huele la boca?

Why? Does my mouth stink?

Sí, ¡toma!

Yes, take this!

Dialogue Recall

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

Do you want a mint?

¿Quieres una menta?

Why? Does my mouth stink?

¿Por qué? ¿Me huele la boca?

Yes, take this!

Sí, ¡toma!

Dialogue Remix

Translate this variant of the dialogue from English to Lojban.

Take a mint! Do you want to?

¡Toma una menta! ¿Quieres?


¿Por qué?

For (= por) the mouth.

Por la boca.

Does my breath smell?

¿Me huele la boca?

Yes, take it!

Sí, ¡toma!

Dialogue Recast

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

Do you want a mint? (formal)

¿Quiere una menta?

Why? Does my mouth stink?

¿Por qué? ¿Me huele la boca?

Yes, take this! (formal)

Sí, ¡tome!

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