Láadan/Láadan Phrase Book

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Introductions[edit]

Add your own Speech Act morpheme and Evidence morpheme as you see fit. Generally for a statement, you should use *Bíi*, but this can be left off as well. It's also a good rule to use an evidence morpheme, but once you've said it once you don't need to repeat it.

Láadan English Literal
Wil sha Hello Let there be harmony
Báa tháa ne? How are you? Are you good?
Aril Goodbye Literally, "Later"
Didebedihá le. I am a beginner. I'm an early-learner.
Bodibodá le. I am a programmer.
Bedi le Láadan áabede. I learn Láadan from a book.
X zha letha. My name is X. X is my name-by-birth.
X zha letho. My name is X. X is my name-by-other.

Basic Conversation[edit]

Láadan English Literal
En le. I understand.
En ra le. I don't understand.
Em Yes
Ra No
Lu Please
Áala Thank you
Oho You're welcome
An ra le. I don't know (a person)
Lothel ra le. I don't know (a topic)

What are you doing?[edit]

Láadan English Literal
Báa shub le bebáath? What are you doing? You're doing what-thing?
Ril hal le. I am working right now.
Amedara be. S/he dances. She dances. (No specific time)
Eril yod le. I ate earlier.
Aril rúu le. I am going to lie down later.
Báa eril om ne? Did you teach?
Eril yod le baleth. I ate bread.
Eril di be Láadan. She spoke Láadan.
Aril sháad le wehedi. I will go to the market.
Eril ban le thuzheth bedi. I gave the cake to her.
Eril bedi le Láadaneth áabede. I learned Láadan from a book.
Báa eril láad ne déelath oyinan? Did you see the garden? Did you perceive the garden with your eyes?

What is it?[edit]

Láadan English Literal
Bíi áya be wa. She is beautiful.
Bíi le with wa. I am a woman.
Bíi le withid wa. I am a man.
Bíi le eduthá wa. I am an engineer.
Bíi yide holanemid wi. The wolf is hungry. It is obvious to everyone, that the wolf is hungry.

What do you want?[edit]

Láadan English Literal Breakdown
Néde le mahinath. I want the flower. want I flower-object.
Néde wéedan le. I want to read. want to-read I.
Ban shinehal thenath ledi. I like the computer. Computer gives me joy. to-give computer joy-object me-destination.

What do you perceive?[edit]

Láadan English Literal
Bíi láad le neth oyinan wa. I see you. I perceive you with my eyes.
Bíi láad le neth oyunan wa. I hear you. I perceive you with my ears.
Bíi láad le neth omanan wa. I feel you. I perceive you with my hands.
Bíi láad le hisheth oyanan wa. I feel snow. I perceive snow with my skin.
Bíi eril loláad with lasheth wá. The woman felt indifference.