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Lesson 12

Tigrigna Dialogue 2


Goitom Ahferom ( [Author Profile]
Thursday, December 18, 1997 04:17 PM PST
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Selam dehaiers,


At School (ab bet t'm'h'r'ti)

In the following Dialogue you should be able to:

* # ask simple questions *
* # form the plural of nouns *
* # use the demonstrative-this,that,these,those *
* # say where things are * 

Yonas meets Genet and Asia who are new arrivals at
school; Genet asks a lot of questions.

(Y = Yonas, and G = Genet) 

Y.:selam, Shimey yonas iyu. Hello my name is
is'Ki-Ke men iyu shim'ki? What are yours?

G.:shimey genet iyu. My name is Genet.
izia kea meHazay iya. and this is my friend
shima kea Asia iyu. her name is Asia.
ane tem'harit iye. I'm a student.
nis'Ka-Ke tem'haray diKa? And you, are you a

Y.:iwe, ane-win tem'haray iye. Yes, I'm a student,
nis'Kat'kin Hadeshti tem'haro Are you new students?

G.:iwe, niHna Hadeshti tem'haro ina. Yes, we're new
iti seb'ay men iyu? Who is that man?
tem'haray diyu? Is he a student?

Y.:itiom seb'ay ato Ibrahim iyom. He is Mr. Ibrahim.
nisom mem'h'rna iyom. He is our teacher.

G.:n'fuE mem'h'r diyom? Is he a good teacher?

Y.:iwe, nifuE mem'hir iyom. Yes, he is a good

G.:nisom in'tay y'm'hru? What does he teach?

Y.:nisom nay engliz'Na qwan'qwa mem'h'r He is an
English language teacher.
iyom.qwanqwa in'gliz bur'rtuE iyu. English language
is difficult .

G.:itia sebey'ti-Ke men iya? And what about that
isa-Ke mem'h'r diya? Who is she? Is she a teacher

Y.:ay'konet'n. nisa nay bet t'm'h'r'ti No, she's a
school secretary.
Sehafit iya

G.:Hiji nay t'm'h'r'ti gize diyu? Is it class time now?

Y.:ay'konen, Hiji nay m'saH gize iyu! No, it's lunch



shim-ey my name (shim = name); another way of
saying natey shim. meHaza-y my friend,companion
(meHaza = friend /girl/) and 
Arkey = friend /boy/) 
kea also 
tem'haray student (tem'haro = students) 
mem'h'r teacher 
bet tim'h'r'ti school (Lit.: 'house study') study,
class; also sometimes said tim'h'riti 
Hadish new (plural = Hadeshti) 
n'fuE good, clever 
iwe Yes 
b'r'tuE difficult, hard, strong 
seb'ay man 
sebey'ti woman 
y'm'h'ru he teaches (for.) 
qwan'qwa language 
in'g'liz' English (for launguage you say -Na like
engliz'Na) SeHafit secretary 
Hiji now 
misaH lunch 
gize time

Some more pronouns

iti that 
itia that (famine) 
men? who? 
in'tay? what?

Some more parts of verb 'to be'

ay'konen he is not, it is not 
ay'konun he (polite) is not 
ay'konet'n she is not

Dear dehaiers, this Dialogue has been done in a very
easy form. I know that One can formulate it in a better
way but as it is for beginners, I think it is okay.

Goitom Ahferom 
Bonn Germany

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