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July 2, 2014

Dovahzul confusion

I have only just started trying to learn Dovahzul, but I'm a little confused about something. I've completely read through the lessons on this site but I still can't seem to clearly understand a few things. One of which is that the lesson said the suffix '-taas' is used when trying to convey something is in the process of doing something, but it's rarely used and instead one should try to use los/lost, dreh/drey, etc. But I'm not sure when is an appropriate time for using '-taas'.

For instance, how would one say "Your meaning is unclear."?

"Hin seiktaas losni baar ." or "Hin seik losni baar" 

Or would it be something completely different?


Also, how would the sentence "Where are you going?" be translated?
"Kolos los hi shurtaas", "Kolos los hi shur?",  "Kolos hi shur?", "Kolos dreh hi shur?",  "Kolos hi shur?" or something else?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks~ :)

Category: General


July 3, 2014

Thanks for your question! The trick with the dragon language is knowing what you can leave to context, but leaving enough that what you're saying still makes sense. Here is how I would translate the above sentences:

"Your meaning is unclear."

Hin seik los vobaar.

Since "your mean" doesn't make sense, we can know that "hin seik" here means "your meaning." -taas wouldn't be used to make "meaning" since "meaning" here is something called a gerund, which is basically a verb that acts as a noun. -taas only forms adjectives, such as in "ok viintaas tuz" "his shining blade." It wouldn't be used in something like "the shining of his sword." (one could just say "the shine of his sword").

I'll add all this to the lessons too, since I don't think this information's there currently.

Now with vobaar, this is baar with a prefix vo-, which means "un-" or "opposite of." You could also say "it is not clear" instead of "it is unclear."

You've got the second one right, it would typically be:

Kolos dreh hi bo?


Kolos bo hi?

The first one is simply "Where do you fly/go?" In the second one you flip bo and hi around to form a question. Another example would be "Hi lost Dovah Tinvaak," "You have the Dragon Speech," versus "Lost hi Dovah Tinvaak?" "Do you have the Dragon Speech?"

I hope this answers everything!


July 3, 2014

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