Lojban/Vocatives

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jbovla English -cu'i -nai brivla
coi greeting
do'u (terminates vocative)
doi (vocative director)
co'o parting
ju'i attention jundi
nu'e promise nupre
ta'a interruption tavla
pe'u request cpedu
ki'e appreciation/gratitude ckire
fi'i welcome friti
be'e request to send benji
re'i ready to recieve bredi
mu'o completed message mulno
je'e confirm success jimpe
vi'o will comply
ke'o please repeat krefu
fe'o end communication fanmo
mi'e self-identification mi
y pause


Since {ki'e} means approximately "Thank you," it might seem appropriate to respond by saying {fi'i}, seemingly corresponding to the English "You're welcome." However, {fi'i} means "welcome" in the sense of an invitation/acceptance only. In order to respond, {je'e} should be used.

{coi co'o} means "Greetings in passing." English speakers generally just say "Hi."

Exercises[edit]

In Exercises 1-7, give the most suitable Lojban word(s) to say in each situation.

01. The beginning of a conversation.
02. Begging.
03. During an oath.
04. Inviting a guest into your house.
05. Getting a group of people to listen to your announcement.
06. You desire the floor while someone else has it.
07. Leaving a party.

In Exercises 8-43, give the closest Lojban translation of the English sentences.

08. Attention!
09. Listen to me, Victoria.
10. I swear, Benjamin.
11. I don't understand, Christian.
12. I am Pete.
13. Goodbye, Jonathan.
14. Roger, Logan.
15. Wilco.
16. Hello, Rodrigo.
17. Hi, Bertand.
18. Wait! We're not done discussing this!
19. Hark!
20. Agreed.
21. Can I say something, Jose?
22. Just a minute, Jennifer.
23. I'm not done talking, Morgan.
24. Please, Sydney.
25. Over and out.
26. I appreciate that, Chloe.
27. Make yourself at home, Rachel.
28. May I speak, Jasmine?
29. Sorry for interrupting, Sophia, but...
30. I promise, Megan.
31. Thanks, Samuel.
32. Hold on, Nathan.
33. What did you say, Natalie?
34. I interrupt.
35. Greetings, Justin.
36. Uh-huh.
37. Thank you, Dylan.
38. At your service, Austin.
39. I'm listening, Kevin.
40. I understand, Julia.
41. "Houston, we have a problem."
42. Hello! Susan has just left Harold.
43. Hello, Susan! Harold has just left.

Answers to exercises[edit]

01. coi
02. pe'u
03. nu'e
04. fi'i
05. ju'i
06. ta'a
07. co'o


08. ju'i
09. ju'i. vektarias.
10. nu'e. bendjamen.
11. je'enai. krestien.
12. mi'e. pit.
13. co'o. janaten.
14. je'e. logen.
15. vi'o
16. coi. radrigos.
17. coi. bertrend.
18. fe'onai
19. ju'i
20. vi'o
21. be'e. xozeis.
22. re'inai. djenefer.
23. mu'onai. morgen.
24. pe'u. sednis.
25. fe'o
26. ki'e. clos.
27. fi'i. reitcel.
28. be'e. djezmen.
29. ta'a. sofias.
30. nu'e. meigen.
31. ki'e. semiul.
32. re'inai. neitan.
33. ke'o. netalis.
34. ta'a
35. coi. jesten.
36. je'e
37. ki'e. delen.
38. fi'i. .asten.
39. re'i. keven.
40. je'e. djulias.
41. doi xustyn. mi'a se nabmi
42. coi do'u la suzyn. la xeirold. puzi cliva
43. coi la suzyn. la xeirold. puzi cliva

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