8.E. Exercises

Your are advised to print the tables with exercises and to fill in. The exercises form a separate page, therefore only the exercises will be printed.
You can check your answers using the Answer book.

Exercise 1 Translate into English: "Habo ra"
Zarma English
Boro marge no kaa ne hunkuna?
Ay si bay; ay mana di ey.
Gondi marge no ni di?
Ba afo. Ay si ba ríey mo.
Iri na tira wo caw, amma a gay; a si te koyne.

I níay donton ŋwari ceciyan se.

Habu koyyan si fala.
Dela way cindi gu si jiney bobo day, amma boro ga du ŋwari hanno sohon.  
Dela waranka ihinka si, a si kilo fo ham day.
Ba boro kan ga ni bay, a si neera ni se fala.
Wayboro bobo ga kaa habu susubey kulu.
I ga kande haamo da kolkoti da labtanda da gunguri.  
Amma han kulu i síi kulu neera.
Ni koy habu susubío, wala?
Abada! Ay mana koy.
Ay mana ba fatta fuwo ra susubío.
Wayborey kan ga kaa habu, i ga kaa ihinka-ihinka wala ihinza-ihinza; i si kaa afo-afo.


Exercise 2 Translate into English: "Zanka darey"
Zarma English
Bi ay koy kwaara fo; zanka fo darey, ay mo nía ceci.

Kwaara borey ne, zanka fo kaa i do; amma manti nga no kan iri go no ga ceci.

Amma boreydin mana cimi ci, zama zankadin go no.



Exercise 3 Translate into Zarma "the snake"
Zarma English
Snakes come in the night.
One came to our door last night.
Did you see it? I didnít.
I didnít even look at it.
Even though it was dead,
I will not look at it.



Exercise 4 Translate into Zarma: "Shopping"
English Zarma
Every morning a woman comes to my compound.

She sells beans, rice, onions, squash, and eggs.

I shall buy eggs three for two delas, but not a dela each.

There are not many oranges, but limes will do for us.

Limes are 8 for 2 delas. (the "for" is not transferable)



Exercise 5 Translate into Zarma: "Food"
English Zarma
Africans make food with guinea corn, but white people like wheat.

Yesterday my mother didnít buy meat, but today she will buy meat and also onions.

They will take the meat out of the dish.

They will take the money from the child.



Exercise 6 Translate into Zarma: negative, past tense
English Zarma
We didnít remove the oranges
We didnít see the European
We didnít obtain the money
We didnít seek you (plural).
We didnít know that African.


Exercise 7 Translate into Zarma: negative, future tense
English Zarma
We wonít remove the oranges
We wonít see the European
We wonít obtain the money
We wonít seek you (plural).
We wonít know that African.



Last updated: 11 maart 2012