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Bumthang conversation

Basic Bumthang phrases:

Conversation: ༡
ཀུ་ཟུ་ཟང་པོ
Kuzuzangpo
hello 
'Hello.'

(In Dzongkha this is analysable, but it is a monomorphemic set-phrase in Bumthang)

Conversation: 2
ཨ་དར་ ན་ཀེ་
Adar na-ke?
how  be-QUEST 
'How are you?'

Conversation: 3
ཨའོ་ གའེ་སང་
Ao gae-sang?
where  be-FUT 
'Where are you going?'

Conversation: 4
ངཡ་ མེ་བྲན་
Ngai me-bran.
1SG.ERG  NEG-know 
'I don't know.'

Conversation: 5
ཝི་ཇི་ མིང་ ཤྲ་ ཡོ་
Wiji ming sra yo?
2SG.GEN  name  what  be.INT 
'What's your name?'

Conversation: 6
ངའེ་ མིང་ མག་ ཝེན་
Nga-e ming Mark wen.
1SG-GEN  name  Mark  be.EQUAT 
'My name is Mark.'

Conversation: 7
ངའེ་ མིང་ དོ་ཇི་ ཝེན་
Nga-e ming Doji wen.
1SG-GEN  name  Dorji  be.EQUAT 
'My name is Dorji.'

Conversation: 8
དོམ་ཟེཡ་ གས་
Dom-zé ga-s
meet-SEQ  happy-IMPF 
'Pleased to meet you.'

Conversation: 9
ཤྲ་ བུ་ཟི་གེ་
Sra bu-zi-ge
what  do-SEQ-QUEST 
'What are you doing?'

Conversation: 10
གའེ་བ་ ཏྲོ་
gae-ba tro
go-xxx  prior 
'I'm leaving now.'

Conversation: 11
ངད་ མའེ་རྭོ་ གའེ་སང་
Ngat mae-ro gae-sang.
1SG  house-LOC  go-FUT 
'I'm going home.'

Conversation: 12
ཀ་ཅན་ ནི་ལའེ་
kacan ni-lae
fine  sit-IMP 
'Stay well.'

Conversation: 13
ཀ་ཅན་ བུ་ཟི་ ག་ལའེ་
Kacan bu-zi ga-lae
fine  go-SEQ  go-IMP 
'Go well.'

Conversation: 14
ངཡ་ བུམ་དང་བེཡ་ཁ་ མེ་ཁན་
Nga-i Bumdang-bé-kha me-khan
1SG-AGT  Bumthang-xx-language  NEG-able 
'I can't speak Bumthang.'

Conversation: 15
ཝི་ ཨིང་ལིཤ་ཁ་ ཁན་ད་
W(e)-i Inglish-kha khan-da
2SG-AGT  English-language  able-PERF.INT 
'Can you speak English?'

Conversation: 16
ཧྲུ་བའེ་
Rzub-ae
help-IMP 
'Help!'

Updated:  5 November 2013/ Responsible Officer:  Mark Donohue/ Page Contact:  Mark Donohue