Posts about Reisu every Monday and Thursday

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Paxido emodohaa! Let's talk about greetings. I'm going to start with an example conversation, and then translate it.

Two people meeting for the first time.
Susanna: Paxido.
Eddie: Paxido, o hola pa xidoki aku nei?
Susanna: Ihola, o nei?
Eddie: Ihola, xati.
Susanna: Naapa. Oo ono kikila kei?
Eddie: Kikila Eddie, oo ono nei?
Susanna: Susanna.
Eddie: Gutula aku, Susanna.
Susanna: Gutula aku, okiaku.
Eddie: Okiaku.

Translation (Not Literal).
Susanna: Hello
Eddie: Hello, how are you?
Susanna: Good, and you?
Eddie: Good, thank you.
Susanna: You're welcome. What's your name?
Eddie: Eddie, and yours?
Susanna: Susanna.
Eddie: Nice to meet you, Susanna.
Susanna: Nice to meet you too, goodbye.
Eddie: Goodbye.

So there's lots of grammar things I can talk about which have examples in the above conversion, but the one I'm going to pick deals directly with pronunciation. The double vowel. When the vowel is written twice It's held out longer. Ideally each syllable takes up one "beat", unless the vowel is written twice. Then the vowel is held for two "beats". The length of the "beat" depends on how quickly you are speaking, and isn't always precise depending on where the stress is in the sentence.

So for the sentence, What is your name?, there are 7 beats, even though there are only 6 syllables
Beats: O-o-o-no-ki-ki-no-kei?
Syllables: Oo-o-no-ki-ki-no-kei?

And for those that want more grammar explanation it will come, but see what you can reason out with this. Word by word literal transaction.
Susanna: Hello
Eddie: Hello, you feel in spirit good [question]?
Susanna: Feel(positive), you [question]?
Eddie: Feel(positive), thank.
Susanna: Welcome(as in you're welcome). Name your call(past) what?
Eddie: Call(past) Eddie, name your [question]?
Susanna: Susanna.
Eddie: Meet(past) good, Susanna.
Susanna: Meet(past) good, Goodbye.
Eddie: Goodbye.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Alphabet with examples - Consonants 2/2

Second part of the consonants. you get the format by now :) IPA chart

f - ɸ - No good English words for this one. Imagine the sound you make when blowing out a candle.
v - v - violin
s - s - snake
z - z - xylophone
x - ʃ - ship
j - ʒ - journey
h - h - hat
l - l - letter
y - ʎ - yes

And here are the words! First nouns, then the verbs.
Fage - Blanket
Vexu - Bird
Sinaa - Cloud
Zaba - Wrist
Xudo - Fish
Jeva - Flower
Huzo - Table
Laza - Ocean
Yefo - Shirt

Fahei - Need
Vita - Know
Sixu - Sleep
Zoga - Use
Xako - Give
Jeipa - Keep
Heiti - Find
Leika - Make
Yata - Go

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Alphabet with examples - Consonants 1/2

This is a continuation for the vowels post. Like that one the Latin character is on the left, the IPA is in the middle, and the right is a sample English word. Here's my favorite IPA chart for those that want to hear examples of the IPA sounds.

p - p - put
b - b - bat
t - t - toil
d - d - doll
k - k - cat
g - g - goal
m - m - most
n - n - never
r - ɾ - There aren't any good examples of this in English. In American English we pronounce Ts like this sometimes, but in an effort to not confuse just go listen to ɾ on the IPA chart

And here's some Reisu words that start with these sounds!
Puho - Horse
Befi - Tree
Tozai - Mountain
Denu - Baby
Kigu - Foot
Gapa - Apple
Meku - Pencil
Nebu - Dog
Rigi - Sun

Puma - Ask
Bubu - Drink
Tiki - Run
Daxi - Come
Kixa - Walk
Geki - Think
Maino - Have
Neina - Say
Ragu - Want

AND as promised, a video that goes with the first post!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Alphabet with examples - Vowels

For my first post I'm going to cover the vowels and how they sound, with example words in English as well as the Reisu.

The five vowels only make a small range of sounds. On the left is how I am writing them with a Latin based alphabet, in the middle is their IPA symbols, and on the right is an example in an English word.
a - ɑ - as in father
i - i - as in see
u - ø - as in food
e - ɛ - as in bed
o - o - as in home

Now to pair them up with words of Reisu.
Ata - Cup
Inoko - Corn
Ulemi - Egg
Etaro - Eye
Okoko - House

And some common verbs.
Amu - Eat
Iyavi - Put
Ukago - Take
Eroro - Get
Oki - See

I plan at some point to release videos with pronunciation, so that you can hear and see examples of the words. For now please just do the best you can with this.