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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Useful Phrases in Enu Aba: A Constructed Language Primer

Enu Aba (easy language) is a mini conlang I invented recently.  It has 100 root words and 7 grammatical suffixes. This should make the language much easier to learn than English or even another systematic conlang like Esperanto. It does contain sounds like l, r, v, w, th, h, or s which are absent in many major natural languages and are difficult for people with speech impediments.

Useful Phrases in Enu Aba

Note on pronunciation: the letter "e" can pronounced either like in the English word  "bed" or as in the Spanish word "de", whichever is easier for the speaker. Similarly, it's OK to shorten "a" to the English unstressed vowel /ə/ if that letter comes at the end of the word.

Hello/Goodbye/Thanks/Peace- abe

Please/Sorry/Excuse me- omobona enekama (lit. my bad [action])

What is your name?- Omi okobona aba?

My name is...: Omobona aba...

How do you say ... in Enu Aba?- Omi aba bo ... ni Enu Aba?

It was nice talking with you- Bokami na oko obo oke.

I like it/I don't like it- Omo ma eku/Omo no ma eku

How many people are in your family?- Omi obe akukana ni okobona aku?

My hovercraft is full of eels- Ni omobona ebemona eke, obe akimona ebukana (lit: In my aerial boat, many aquatic snakes)

ebemona-aerial- lit: air + adjective suffix
akimona-aquatic- lit water +  adjective suffix

The suffixes when combined with the roots can make many different words:

Omo- I
Omobona- my, mine (bona is the possessive suffix)
Omokana- we, us      (kana is the plural suffix)
Omomona- private, personal (mona is the adjective suffix)
Omonanu- individualize, personalize (nanu is the noun/adj/adv-to-verb suffix)

oki- he/she
okibima- he
okibimabona- his
okiboma- she
okibomabona- her/hers

be- come
bemoka- attract (lit: to cause to come- moka is the causative suffix)
mu- learn
mumoka- to teach (lit: to cause to understand)
enu- easy, light, soften
enumoka- simplify, lighten, soften
ku- bone, death
kumoka- kill (lit: to cause death) kunanu (lit: to death, to [be] bones = to die)


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