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Exercises lesson 6

6.E Exercises

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  1. Exercise 1. Translate to English: possible passives
  2. Exercise 2. Translate to English: numbers
  3. Exercise 3. Translate to English: adjectives
  4. Exercise 4. Translate to English: relatives
  5. Exercise 5. Translate into English: miscellaneous
  6. Exercise 6. Translate into Zarma: adjectives and indirect objects
  7. Exercise 7. Translate into Zarma: relatives and passives
  8. Exercise 8. Translate into Zarma: miscellaneous

6.E.1 Translate to English: possible passives

Zarma English
I na daari kankamante te, wala?  


I na goyo ban, wala?  


I na Musa donton ni do bi.  


I kand'ay se ŋwari.  


I ga ne ay se Fati.  



63.E.2 Translate to English: numbers

Zarma English
Ay di zanka way cindi iddu da haw way cindi ahakku.  



Fu waranka afo si go no kwaara ra.  


Ahakku ga beeri, iway cindi fo kaŋ cindi mo ga kayna.  




6.E.3 Translate to English: adjectives

Zarma English
Iri fuwo meyo ga beeri; fenetarey ga kayna.  



Ni daaro kankam.  


Araŋ hansi beero ga boori no.  


A faro ga kayna.  


Fari kayna kaŋ go ay se, ay g'a no ni se.  



6.E.4 Translate to English: relatives

Zarma English
Nga hinne no kaŋ koy haabu hunkuna.  


Nga no kaŋ kaa ciino ra.  


Ŋwaro no kaŋ go taasa ra.  


Iri fuwo no kaŋ a meyo ga hay.  


Haro kaŋ i haŋ, hari hanno no.  


Waybora kaŋ ni ce go fuwo ra.  



6.E.5 Translate into English: miscellaneous

Zarma English
Mate ni izo go?  


A go baani samay.  


Mate ni go?  


Ay g'Irikoy saabu.  


Mate ni maa (= name)?  


Ay maa Hayssa no.  


I ga ne ay se Hayssa no.  


Mate i ga ne ni se?  


Mate no?  


Taali kulu si.  


Boro ga goy zaaro ra; a ga jirbi ciino ra.  


Ni ya man boro no?  


Ay ya Ingilise no.  


Araŋ ya butikkoy yaŋ no.  



6.E.6 Translate into Zarma: adjectives and indirect objectss

English Zarma
My horse is good and his donkey is mean.  


The house is big and it has twelve windows and four (house) doors.  



Did you bring two cows and three mares?  


I bought (for) you a fine sheep yesterday.  


He will sell (to) me his three camels today.  


Madame made (for) me a fine shirt.  


Will you bring me a little shirt tomorrow?  


You will sell (to) me your cow, you understand?  


The child brought (to) me food.  


Will you give (to) me meat?  


I will buy millet and a chicken (question: how many chickens?) for you in the market tomorrow.  



He gave (to) me money.  


She gave (to) me her goat (to keep).  


Madame gave (to) me a rooster (not necessarily to keep).  


6.E.7 Translate into Zarma: relatives and passives

English Zarma
It is tomorrow that he is going.  


It was you whom I saw yesterday.  


I was send to the lady.  


I was born in America (= Amerik laabu).  


She had her child in Niamey.  


The dog, which they saw, ate the small bird.  


The food, which the children brought, has it been eaten?  



Work was done which is good.  


You are being called.  


6.E.8 Translate into Zarma: miscellaneous

English Zarma
You will leave the day after tomorrow.  


I saw a man yesterday who has a fine shirt.  


She brought a goat.  


The lady left yesterday afternoon.  


She is going to the market.  


We came home on horseback (horse on.) and dismounted.  


They arrived by truck and they got off.  


We greeted the village chief; we thanked him, too.  


They will sleep (lie down) in the house today.  


The woman went to the river; she will bring (to) us water.  


She is an American woman.  


They are drivers (= mootokoy yaŋ).  


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