Are you learning a new language?

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Re: Are you learning a new language?

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:con: O Kanã

This challenge actually gives me an opportunity to show off some of the fun particles O Kanã has.

‘ae põkõtrẽtã o kanã ero?
[ʔae̯ põkõ↓ʈʳẽtã o kanã eɽo]
‘ae põ-kõtrẽ-tã o kanã ero
INT INC-understand-2.ERG N speak other
Are you learning a new language?

This one is the most neutral form. Not much to say here.

The addition of the hearsay evidential indicates that this question was prompted by information received from someone else. A translation which better catches that sense might be "Is it true that you're learning a new language?".

‘ae cea põkõtrẽtã o kanã ero?
[ʔae̯ t͡se̯a põkõ↓ʈʳẽtã o kanã eɽo]
‘ae cea põ-kõtrẽ-tã o kanã ero
INT hearsay INC-understand-2.ERG N speak other
(Same as above)

The addition of the inferential indicates that the speaker has supporting evidence other than testimony from someone else (e.g. hey found language learning books in the listener's room). As with the previous statement the translation "Is it true that you're learning a new language?" would better catch that overtone.

‘ae dakai põkõtrẽtã o kanã ero?
[ʔae̯ (ⁿ)da↓kaɪ̯ põkõ↓ʈʳẽtã o kanã eɽo]
‘ae dakai põ-kõtrẽ-tã o kanã ero
INT inferred INC-understand-2.ERG N speak other
(Same as above)

For the second question, the WH word is fronted plus an interrogative focus particle.

tro kanã põkõtrẽtã?
[ʈʳo ka↓nã põkõ↓ʈʳẽtã]
tro kanã põ-kõtrẽ-tã
INT.FOC speak INC-understand-2.ERG
What language are you learning?
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Re: Are you learning a new language?

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:con: griuskant (without the conscript)

ost kanda thusti jeth urva?
/'ɔst 'kanda 'θusti 'dʒəθ urva/
2SG learn-V new-A language Q
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Re: Are you learning a new language?

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:con: Ladoçei Htoleiþe

Are you learning a new language? (addressee is a member of the Htolian species)
Hiko nitseþ wihkoçsa dabutsar?
/ˈʔi.ko ˈni.tseþ ʋiˈˀkoç.ʃɑ ˈdɑ.bu.tsɑɹ/
hiko nits-eþ wihk<oç>s<a> dabu-ts-ar
Q learn-2SG.AN1 be.subjectively.new<ADJ.INAN.INDEF.SG> speak-method-INDEF.ACC

Are you learning a new language? (addressee is a member of a non-Htolian species)
Hiko nitsus wihkoçsa dabutsar?
/ˈʔi.ko ˈni.tsuʃ ʋiˈˀkoç.ʃɑ ˈdɑ.bu.tsɑɹ/
hiko nits-us wihk<oç>s<a> dabu-ts-ar
Q learn-2SG.AN2 be.subjectively.new<ADJ.INAN.INDEF.SG> speak-method-INDEF.ACC

What language are you learning? (addressee is a member of the Htolian species)
Leikeir dabutseir nitseþ?
/ˈleɪ̯.keɪ̯ɹ ˈdɑ.bu.tseɪ̯ɹ ˈni.tseþ/
leik-eir dabu-ts-eir nits-eþ
PRO.INT.INAN.SG-DEF.ACC speak-method-DEF.ACC learn-2SG.AN1

What language are you learning? (addressee is a member of a non-Htolian species)
Leikeir dabutseir nitsus?
/ˈleɪ̯.keɪ̯ɹ ˈdɑ.bu.tseɪ̯ɹ ˈni.tsuʃ/
leik-eir dabu-ts-eir nits-us
PRO.INT.INAN.SG-DEF.ACC speak-method-DEF.ACC learn-2SG.AN2
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Re: Are you learning a new language?

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:tan: Swahili:

Unajifunza lugha mpya?
u-na-ji-funz-a lugha ny-pya
2s-PRES-REFL-learn language(9/10) 9/10-new


I'm not positive that -pya can be used in this context though.


Unajifunza lugha gani?
u-na-ji-funz-a lugha gani
2s-PRES-REFL-learn language(9/10) what.kind.of/which


Unajifunza lugha ipi?
u-na-ji-funz-a lugha i-pi
2s-PRES-REFL-learn language(9/10) 9-which
Glossing Abbreviations: COMP = comparative, C = complementiser, ACS / ICS = accessible / inaccessible, GDV = gerundive, SPEC / NSPC = specific / non-specific, AG = agent, E = entity (person, animal, thing)
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Re: Are you learning a new language?

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:chn: Mandarin

你在学习新语言吗?
Nǐ zài xuéxí xīn yǔyán ma?
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2SG PROG learn new language PART
Are you learning a new language?

你学习什么语言?
Nǐ xuéxí shénme yǔyán?

2SG learn which language?
What language do you learn?
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Re: Are you learning a new language?

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Spoken Niofean:
Šam dzi hal nem dzačuaw?
be-2s new language 2s.REFL CAU-know
/ʃam d͡zi hal nɛm d͡zat͡ʃwaʍ/
Are you learning a new language?

Literary Niofean:
Me-me dzi hal dzačuwa?
2s-2s new language CAU-know-PRES.2s
/mim(i) d͡zi hal d͡zat͡ʃ(u)ʍa/
Are you learning a new language?

Spoken Niofean:
Šam nues hal nem dzačuaw?
be-2s which language 2s.REFL CAU-know
/ʃam nwɛs hal nɛm d͡zat͡ʃwaʍ/
What language are you learning?

Literary Niofean:
Nues šta me-me hal dzačuwa?
which be-3s 2s-2s language CAU-know-PRES.2s
/nwɛs ʃta mim(i) hal d͡zat͡ʃ(u)ʍa/
What language are you learning?
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Re: Are you learning a new language?

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:con: Undercommon/Sialhzuņ

Lles fý Sprakj broşoh?
/ɬɛs ɸɨi̯ ˈspɾax ˈbro.sʲɔʔ/
llo-e-s fý sprakj brot-şe-oh
2sg:DUR.VOL-IRR-2sg other language leave-know-Q
Are you learning a new language?

Llomus Sprakjallt broşo?
/ɬo.mʊs ˈspra.xʲaɬt ˈbro.sʲɔ/
llo-mu-s sprakj-allt brot-şe
2sg:DUR.VOL-REPORT-2sg language-Q leave-know
What language are you (as you say) learning?

The first sentence is in the irrealis mood; the second is not, and has a reportative evidential (since presumably the speaker was just told "Yes, I am learning a new language"). This is assuming the speaker has no particular reason in the first sentence to think the person in question is learning a new language. If they did, they'd use (instead of lles) some sensory inferential particle instead (lloz, lloteus, llodos, llots, llolls) or the reportative or dubitative (llomus or llovos), or the speculative (llef).
Edit: Substituted a string instrument for a French interjection.

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Re: Are you learning a new language?

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:con: Ular

你语新能头你?
Má jō phŏng párthā má?

TOP.2SG language new learn 2SG
Are you learning a new language?

你语么能头你?
Má jō nú párthā má?

TOP.2SG language which learn 2SG
Which language do you learn?
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Re: Are you learning a new language?

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:con: Shurturian

Lernos du niuwa zungûn?
[ˈlernos du ˈniu̯wa ˈsuŋgu:n]
learn-2SG.PRS 2SG new-ACC language-ACC
Are you learning a new language?
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:con: Nyan Myat

Are you learning a new language?
Rhä̰ rhä̰ myat nyip myiw nyíw.
/ʀæ̰ ʀæ̰ mʲɑt ɲɪp mʲiʊ̯ ɲiʊ̯˧˥/
hunt hunt language new PRO.2 Q

What language are you learning?
Rhä̰ rhä̰ myat ngí myiw.
/ʀæ̰ ʀæ̰ mʲɑt ŋɪ˧˥ mʲiʊ̯/
hunt hunt language which PRO.2
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Re: Are you learning a new language?

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wow, it's so interesting watching you guys discussing different languages. The only language I know is English and a bit of Spanish, but there are y'all who know Korean, Chinese, and even Japanese! How hard it is to become fluent in Japanese anyway? My sister is learning it, and she told me that it's super hard. There are like three alphabets, and you have to memorize all the symbols, right? Btw, she has been playing some language-learning gameson the internet. Idk exactly what they are, but she claimed that they helped.
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