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Those of you with a recent history of language learning, especially Romance languages might find it easy. It is designed to see if you can spot language patterns in a language you don't know. It is in fact a made-up language, devised by the authors Terry Doyle and Paul Meara, and is taken from their book "Lingo", a BBC publication (a very worthwhile buy for the aspiring language learner).

Read the examples and their translations trying to spot the language patterns, (i.e. which bit is the verb, which is the subject and so on.) Then try to work out the sentences by applying the patterns that you have seen.

ek kum chuchu The train is coming
ek namas chuchu The train is very big
nek kum niva chuchu The train isn't coming
ek chuchu It's a train.
ek moris It's a car.
ek flup trakibus There isn't any room in the bus
ek tichi moris The car is very small
ek bast trakibus The bus has broken down
nek niva bast moris The car hasn't broken down
nek niva flup trakibus There's lots of room in the bus
ek bast trakibus akid? Has the bus broken down?
ek stop chuchu. The train has stopped
nek stop niva chuchu The train hasn't stopped


Now have a go at translating these sentences. They're not as easy as you might think.

1. It's a bus ek trakibus
ek chuchu
ek moris

2. The bus is very small ek namas trakibus
ek tichi trakibus
ek bast moris

3. The train is full. ek flup chuchu
ek bast chuchu
nek niva flup chuchu

4. The car has broken down. nek niva bast moris
ek stop moris
ek bast moris

5. Is the train coming? ek bast chuchu akid?
ek kum chuchu akid?
nek niva flup chuchu?

6. Isn't the bus full? nek niva flup trakibus akid?
ek bast trakibus?
nek flup trakibus akid?

7. The car is very big. ek tichi moris
nek namas moris akid
ek namas moris

8. Has the car stopped? nek stop niva moris akid?
ek stop moris akid?
ek bast moris

9. Isn't the bus coming? nek niva flup trakibus akid?
nek kum niva trakibus akid?
nek niva bast chuchu akid?

10. Is the bus full? ek flup trakibus akid?
ek stop trakibus?
ek bast moris akid?

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