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Lesson 11

Tigrigna Dialogue


[DEHAI] TgriNa GRAMMAR (10)

Goitom Ahferom (@germany.net) [Author Profile]
Wednesday, December 17, 1997 02:30 PM PST
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Selam tedaheiti!

DIALOGUE 
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Selam'ta ^Greetings^
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In the following Dialogue you should be able to:

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*# use some personal pronouns (I, you, etc.) *
*# form the present tense of the verb 'be'(I am, you
are, etc.) *
*# form some simple possessive phrases (my, your,
etc.) *
*# use some simple formal and informal greetings *
* *
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A Formal meeting
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Mr.(ato) Jemal and Mrs.(wey'zero) Letay meet. 
They do not know ane another very well.

( L = wey'zero Letay;and J = ato Jemal)
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L: T'Ena y'habeley ato Jemal! Hello Mr. Jemal!
kemey aleKum? How are you? 

J: ane S'buq aloKu wey'zero Letay. I am well Mrs.
Letay.
isiKin-ke kemey aloKin? And you,how are you?

L: ane S'buq aloKu. I am well. 
beAlti bet'kum kemey alowa? How is your wife?

J.: beAlti betey S'buq ala. My wife is well.
igz'her y'mesgen. Thanks God.
n'Hna k'l'te-na S'buq alona. We are both well.

L.: deHan wiAl-u. Goodbye.

J.: deHan wiAl-a. Goodbye. 

An informal meeting
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Haile and Senait are old friends who meet by 
chance in the street.

(H = Haile and S = Senait)
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H.: selam senait. Hello, Senait! 
kemey aloKi? How are you?

S.: selam Haile. Hello, Haile.
ane S'buq aloKu. I am well.
is'Ka-Ke kemey aloKa? And you, how are you?

H.: ig'z'her y'mesgen. Thanks God.
ane-win S'buq aloKu. I am fine, too.

S.: Iyob-ke kemey alo? Is Iyob well?

H.: nisu-win S'buq alo. He is fine too.

S.: aboKan adeKan kemey alowu? Are your father &
mother well?

H:. nisatom-win Sibuq alowu. They are well too.

S.: bel deHan wiAl. Well, Goodbye.

H.: deHan wiAli Senait. Goodbye, Senait.

Vocabulary 
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T'Ena y'habeley hello! {Lit.: may he (God) 
give(you) good health for my sake!} 
kemey how 
S'buq good, fine
-Ke or -ke how about.....(added to the end of the
word)
-win also, too (added to the end of the word) 
ig'ziher yimesgen thank you (Lit.: may God be
praised!) abo father 
ade mother
-n and...(added to the end of the word, like 
aboKan-n adeKan ^father-yours and 
mother-yours) 
bel well

Month names in TgriNa
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T'ri January 
yekatit February 
megabit March 
miyaz'ya April 
g'n'bot May 
sene June 
Ham'le July 
neHase August 
mes'kerem September 
T'k'm'ti October 
H'dar November 
taH'sas December

deHan H'deru! (good night!)

Goitom Ahferom 
Bonn - Germany

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