9.E. Exercises

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You can check your answers using the Answer book.


Exercise 1  Translate into English
Zarma English
Ifo se no ni mana wodin bay?
Ay mana bay zama ay mana koy kwaara hunkuna.
I mana ci ay se hay kulu mo.

 
Man Adamu windo
(= compound) go?
To. Ay ga cebe ni se.

 
Ifo no araŋ caw hunkuna?
Iri na sanney caw kanyan go Irikoy tira ra.
Ay ci i se iri ga koy cawyan fu subasi.
Iri si koy jingarey do koyne, zama cin no.
Iri go ga maa Irikoy Sanno se.

 
Ifo se ni go no ga goro ne ni karga bon?
To. Zama fejey no ay go no ga guna. May fejey no?
Iri baba fejey no.

 
Hassan di ni nya; a go nga fuwo ra. Ifo na ne a se?
A mana ne a se hay kulu.
A mana ba ne fo-fo.


 
Man hansodin koy?
Hansi wofo no?
Iri mana di a.
Ay wayme hanso no; a ga ba ra.
Cin bindo ra no a zuru.


 
Bi ay di goroŋgari kwaare fo habo do.
I ga neera dela waranka.
Iri ga day; Isaka no ne nga ga wi iri se.

 
Boro kuku wo ga to kwaara koyo.
A ga jingar zama a go ga Mohammadu gana.
Zarmey ga jingar ce gu zaari kulu.
 

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Exercise 2  Translate into Zarma
English Zarma
Yesterday someone said to me: "If you go into the bush, you will see a lion."
I said to him, "Who told you that?"
He said to me: "We saw it day before yesterday. It is a red lion."


 
Every morning we pray, but the religious teacher does not pray; he recites the Muslim "prayers".
Do they not all go into the big mosque?
 
How much is this white kitten?
Its ninety-five Francs.
Who killed its mothers?
I dont know.
I didnt even know she was dead (= she died).
Who told you that?
 
I am sitting down at my house.
I see your brother. He is running.
 
Why is it that it is now, this soon (= nda hineydin), that you (p) got up? Well, we didnt sleep during the night.
Why was it you didnt sleep?
Because guests arrived to stay with us (= guests descended upon us).
 
Which chair did they take that which is green or that which is black?
They didnt tell me, but I know they took both (= all two).
 

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Practise doing the questions in the following table from the opposite direction, by covering the Zarma side and working them out.
 
Exercise 3  Questions with "mate"
Zarma English
Mate ni ma? What is your name? (How are you named?)
Mate ni go? How are you?
Mate ni gahamo? How is your body? (After illness, for example)
Mate fu borey? How is your family?
Mate ni te? Mate ni ga te? How did you do? How to do it?
Mate iri ga te ka bay? How shall we know?
Mate ay ga te? What shall I do?
Mate ni te ka maa ra? How did you hear about it?
Mate no? How about it? (How does that happen to be?)
Mate i ga ne a se? How do they call it?

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Practise doing the questions in the following table from the opposite direction, by covering the Zarma side and working them out.
 
Exercise 4  Questions with "man"
Zarma English
Man a go? Where is (s)he (it)?
Man ni fuwo go? Where is your house?
Man ay ga du a? Where shall I get it?
Man a? Where? Whereabouts?
Man ga ni fun? Where did you come from?
Man ni koy? Where did you go?
Man ni du a? Where did you get it?

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Practise doing the questions in the following table from the opposite direction, by covering the Zarma side and working them out.
 
Exercise 5  Questions with "ifo"
Zarma English
Ifo se no ni mana kaa? Why didnt you come?
Ifo se no ni na wodin te? Why did you do that?
Ifo se no ni na te? Why did you do it?
Ifo se no ni koy? Why did you go?
Ifo no? What is it? What is the matter?
Ifo no ni te? What did you do?
Ifo nay ga te? What shall I do?
Ifo no wo? What is this?
Ifo ga ti ? What is the meaning of ?
( = word you wish to be explained)

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Practise doing the questions in the following table from the opposite direction, by covering the Zarma side and working them out.
 
Exercise 6  Questions with "marge"
Zarma English
Marge? How many? How much?
Marge no? How much is it?
Marge-marge? How much is each one?
 nooru marge no ni se? How much money do you have?
Hari marge go tassa ra? How much water is in the dish?

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Practise doing the questions in the following table from the opposite direction, by covering the Zarma side and working them out.
 
Exercise 7  Questions with "wati"
Zarma English
Wati fo no? When was it? When is it?
Watifo no ni kaa? When did you come?

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Practise doing the questions in the following table from the opposite direction, by covering the Zarma side and working them out.
 
Exercise 8  Questions with "may"
Zarma English
May no? Who was it? Who is it?
May do no i koy? To whose place did they go?
May se no ni na no? To whom did you give it?

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Practise doing the questions in the following table from the opposite direction, by covering the Zarma side and working them out.
 
Exercise 9  Questions with "wofo"
Zarma English
Wofo no? Which one is it?
Wofo no ni di? Which one did you see?
Wofo no ni ga ba? Which one do you want?
Tira wofo no kan ni hantum? Which letter did you write?
Boro wofo ga ti ni baba? Which person is your father?

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Practise doing the questions in the following table from the opposite direction, by covering the Zarma side and working them out.
 
Exercise 10  Miscellaneous questions
Zarma English
Man a ga no wone fun? Where did that come from?
Ifo no ni te nda? What did you do with it?
Ni ga ti may no? Who are you?
Ni ya may no? Who are you?
Nin no may? Who are you?
May no nin? Who are you?

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Last updated: 11 maart 2012