Ring E: 14/22: Nesheti

Tony Hogard
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Nesheti

Yes zif spafigu anan amus, an rad memisitu twen, haf husnusun ertik lubef ates.

Anda kuhenak, getuzike karevak, klubenuluk, watarak, manudelak uwusulus il halkilas, zalek, selek, lukuluk meyiki, peresek, semelek kum skusuluk pet (ge anda rinekilik lamanenzi sisandare), is sausak, haf hezape.

Anda relkek, rubike karevak, lukuluk, is klubenuluk. Nasta mefake watarak, zalek, selek, peresek, sisandarek, is sausak. Husnusuke testek is pregike kus haman lumutuk sarfas. Litike pri sitak hamak is varike kus maselan hamak.


Smooth Translation

If you ask my mother, she'll be glad to tell you how to make her favorite food.

In the kitchen, gather beef, potatoes, water, oat or wheat flour, fat, salt, a lot of onion, pepper, seeds with five flavors (which is called "sisandare"(?) in the market), and a sauce, like catsup.

Chop the beef, onion, potatoes into a bowl. Now mix the water, fat, salt, pepper, "sisandare", and sauce. Make a dough and wrap a chunk of the filling in it. Put it through a strainer and fry it in oil.


Grammar

Nesheti enjoys SVO word order, and adjectives and adverbs follow the nouns or verbs they modify. Passives are expressed by use of the 3rd person plural with no nominative subject. Nouns are affixed for accusative, dative, and genitive cases. Verbs are conjugated for future, present, past (imperfective, habitual or continual action), and preterite (perfective, completed action).

Noun declension suffixes:

-- nominative
-k accusative
-n dative
-s genitive
-l plural

Verb inflections:

Present tense:

-nzi third person plural

Future tense:

-gu second person singular
-tu third person singular

Imperative:

-ke singular

Vocabulary

(verbs are given in the infinitive)

an 3rd person active pronoun (dat. aten, gen. ates)
ana mother
anda in, within, during
watar water
ge relative pronoun
getuzin to prepare, to gather
erti (type of) food
varin to fry
il or
is and
yam 1st person pronoun (gen. amus)
yes if
karev beef
kluben tuber
kum with, having, accompanied by
kus with, via, by means of
kuhena kitchen
lamanen to call, to name
litin to pour
lubef favorite
luk onion
lumut chunk, good-sized amount
manudel flour
masel oil
meyiki many, much
memisin to say, to tell
mefan to mix together
nasta now
peres pepper
pet five
pregin to cover, to wrap
pri through
rad happy
relk bowl
rinek marketplace
rubin to chop
sarf filling
saus sauce
sel salt
sem seed
sisandare (a foreign word)
sita strainer, sieve
skus flavor
spafin to ask
test dough
uwus oat
halki wheat
han 3rd person neuter pronoun (acc. hamak, dat. haman)
haf how; as, like
hezape (a foreign word)
husnusun to make, to create
zale lard, fat
zif 2nd person pronoun (dat. twen)

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June 14th, 2005
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