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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:15 pm 
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I was browsing Omniglot’s Useful Phrases, and of course I just had to try to come up with a list for D’ni. Here’s a draft:

[Reveal] Spoiler: Useful phrases in D’ni
Welcome --- mehoor

Hello --- shorah

How are you? --- thoeh kehnehm?

I’m fine --- kehn ahgo

Long time no see --- gor tonah ril yim (?)

What’s your name? --- kam foosahtahv sehkhehm? (?) (lit. “what name you have?”)

My name is ... --- foosahtahvoy kehnehn ... (?)

Where are you from? --- mehkamto kehnehm? (?)

I’m from ... --- kehn meh ...

Pleased to meet you --- mehoor b’tsoonoo shehm (?) (lit. “a pleasure to greet you”)

Good morning --- yahrglotahn rahm (?) (lit. “good day-beginning”)

Good evening --- yahrzuhnuh rahm (?) (lit. “good day-ending”)

Goodbye --- shorah

Good luck --- moodehn rahm (?)

Cheers/Good health! --- glahsehm b’fahsee! (?) (lit. “drink a lot!”)

Have a nice day --- yahrom kehnehn yehreht mehooreht (?) (lit. “may your day be good”)

Bon appetit --- reesehm b’fahsee! (?) (lit. “eat a lot!”)

Bon voyage --- lehnah rahm (?)

I don’t know --- ril tahgahm

Please speak more slowly --- meesehm voohee nehrimehtsehsh (?) (lit. “could you speak nerim-like?”)

Please say that again --- meesehm voohee mot prehniv (?)

Please write it down --- gehlehm voohee mot (?)

Do you speak D’ni? --- meesehm voohee D’nee? (?)

Yes, I speak a little --- mees D’nee b’bree (?)

How do you say ... in D’ni? --- thoe meesehm ... t’D’nee? (?)

Excuse me --- tikoleet (?)

How much (is this/that)? --- pradnureetee kamher khehmeht / khehmot? (?) (lit. “which number of money-stones for this/that?”)

Sorry --- tikoleet

Please --- voohee (?)

Thank you --- chehv shehm

Response --- mehoor

Where’s the toilet? --- kamto kehnehn rehshosehv? (?) (lit. “where is the dirt Age?”)

I love you --- taigahn shehm

Get well soon --- ahnee-ehmah ahgo gorvehn!

Leave me alone! --- ahnee-ehmah oshahnin! (?) (lit. “get lost!”)

Help! --- tayrtee zoo!

Fire! --- tahm!

Stop! --- ahtmaiehmah!

Call the police! --- foosahehmah rehBeereetahntee! (lit. “call the Maintainers!”)

Merry Christmas --- Khreesvokanyahr rahm gah shoraht (?) (lit. “good and peaceful Christ-birthday”)

Happy New Year --- hahr rahm gah shoraht

Happy Easter --- Eester rahm gah shoraht (?) (lit. “good and peaceful Easter”)

Happy Birthday --- vokanyahr lorahgeht (?) (lit. “joyful birthday”)

One language is never enough --- meestahv fah kat ril kehnehn rahm (?) (lit. “one speech only is not good”)

My hovercraft is full of eels --- doyhahoy pradteegahl kehnehn tsahroo tso keemotee (?) (lit. “my rock-working machine is full of Kemo fishes”)

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:55 pm 
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korovev wrote:
My hovercraft is full of eels --- doyhahoy pradteegahl kehnehn tsahroo tso keemotee (?) (lit. “my rock-working machine is full of Kemo fishes”)
:lol:

That's a great collection, Korovev. But, don't you think you should clarify that shorah doesn't literally mean hello & goodbye, but means "peace" and is used as a greeting and farewell?

Thanks for creating the list and sharing it with us.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:03 pm 
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True! But that’s the attested D’ni usage. The phrases marked with “lit.” are my renditions, others might have better ideas 8)

I should perhaps also clarify the usage of “voohee” for “please”: for lack of an actual word, I reformulated those phrases as “could you ... ?”. Bit of cheating :lol:

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