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Language of Nhoor

Mae esgidiau gwyn yn gwrthyrru
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Dydw i ddim yn mwynhau'r gwiberod du yn y swyddfa


A (very) small grammar of the Nhoor language can be found Linkhere

Basic phrases
  • Welcome: Unswcā

  • Hello: Torh

  • How are you?: Qezi tava?

  • I am well: Nōq hot uno

  • I am not well: Nōq hōr uno

  • Long time no see: Rwch qhamhws im phosur

  • What’s your name?: Qezi tava wlwrdacese̦m?

  • My name is …: Nōq … wlwrdacese̦m

  • Where are you from?: Nhar qɵtar tava wswcae̦syt?

  • I’m from …: Nōq nhar …-ra/-ar wswcae̦sw̦q

  • Pleased to meet you: Im lemey henna tava qhamhanhahen

  • Good morning: Uno pw sārva

  • Good afternoon/day: Uno pw cosy

  • Good evening: Uno pw cow̦rva

  • Good night: Uno pw ōqɵƨ

  • Goodbye: Hohor qhamhanhore

  • Good luck: Lwr pw se̦jo̦ma

  • Cheers! (toasting): Vɵƨy!

  • Have a nice day: Lemey pw cosy gil tavagil

  • Enjoy your meal: Lemey pw olech gil tavagil

  • Have a good trip/journey: Uno pw postos

  • I understand: Meqha ozo̦nhucese̦m oca̦r

  • I don’t understand: Meqha ur ozo̦nhucese̦m oca̦r

  • Yes: Nhanh

  • No: Uru

  • Maybe: Im wrunwch

  • Please speak more slowly: Qa tava hēnheride̦syt, rabēcha im ōgosen

  • Please say that again: Qa tava hēnheride̦syt, wtoch ramhonha im zumeqh

  • Please write that down: Qa tava hēnheride̦syt, wtoch arcala

  • Do you speak English?: Eqlandaswn illarabēcese̦m tā̦r? or Tava arabēcesyt im Eqlanda?

  • Yes, a little: Nhanh, pērh

  • Excuse me: Nōq jucheƨepha

  • Please (request): Qa tava hēnheride̦syt

  • Please / Here you are: Ɵt pwydo̦qha

  • Thank you: Meno gil tavagil

  • You’re welcome: Rwch pw meno

  • Where’s the toilet/bathroom?: Qɵt twalet oso̦nhie̦se̦m?

  • Would you like to dance with me?: Rasa̦d req nōqiriq aƨagate̦se̦m tā̦r?

  • I love you: Tava ēnēsenesyt oca̦r

  • Get well soon: Im ōnhu a̦syta

  • Go away!: Bwtwrha!

  • Leave me alone!: Nōq loq lētoliq sinnanha!

  • Help!: Ajerinha!

  • Fire!: Ī̦!

  • Stop!: Arcasa!

  • Call the police!: Secw̦rītī lwrdacha!

  • Happy birthday!: Wla̦q pw rhēmhicosy!

  • One language is never enough: Sa̦n pw ruqhaqare rwcinis atarruce

  • My hovercraft is full of eels: Malasī̦pruhonc hot ernis wnho sulisw̦n

Text samples

Rune (Things)
Original (diacritics may not be rendered correctly everywhere)
Oqhose̦ anh wtoch pw nuldira sɵcom remhit pw runescom s horamhar pw avwrswn oso̦nhie̦ iscom culstocasim qɵtus rune oso̦nhie̦se̦m loq heraswnoliq, s apw ur ibillode̦ loq heraswnoliq ure̦dar, qɵtus wtochā rere pw rune odoste̦se̦m, wnho im īƨe ramhīa̦nhochā nob pw grādwn wnho harhiswnwn. Anh och pw nuldira copa li jiremili wlwduce jirendar, s apw ur ibillode̦ mesda̦r, qɵtus rune odoste̦se̦m ws ijigae̦se̦m phēr, ws meja phode phēr gil votille anh demhrwch pw ōqɵƨa rop ōrhach pw netusirop.

Adapted version (without diacritics)
Oqhosye anh wtoch pw nuldira sòcom remhit pw runescom s horamhar pw avwrswn osyonhiye iscom culstocasim qòtus rune osyonhiyesyem loq heraswnoliq, s apw ur ibillodye loq heraswnoliq uryedar, qòtus wtochá rer pw rune odostyesyem, wnho im ítse ramhíyanhochá nob pw grádwn wnho harhiswnwn. Anh och pw nuldira copa li jiremili wlwduce jirendar, s apw ur ibillodye mesdyar, qòtus rune odostyesyem ws ijigayesyem phér, ws meja phode phér gil votille anh demhrwch pw óqòtsa rop órhach pw netusirop.

Translation
There shall in that time be rumours of things going astray, and there shall be a great confusion as to where things really are, and nobody will really know where lie those little things with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment. At this time, a friend shall lose his friend's hammer and the young shall not know where lie the things possessed by their fathers that their fathers put there only just the night before, around eight o'clock.

Learning Nhoor
Learning modern Nhoor: Torh. Qezi tava aa̦sytesyt? Gemonc Jɵ̦sy. Nōq soro anh cosa̦. Qɵt twalet oso̦nhie̦se̦m, qa tava hēnheride̦syt?
Learning ancient Nhoor: Cīntos asal s im rasacusi̦twr alosoch. Anh cincu pw cosa̦ amoc pw rholas li billaqoli ecerepese̦m barbardar. Jāqiqo goslote s rwnasonc agamuƨe im rasa harhdar pw pīrāt jeli nho nhemhan lwswq sa̦vijel. Nwqwrh urubow̦q. Ach rumhedoch pw sā̦ƨ! Caw̦lir cim pw nwqwrh emhedw̦q.

Translation
(modern): Hello. How are you? My name is Josh. I am happy today. Where is the bathroom, please?
(ancient): Life is long and unbearably hard. Each day barbarians slaughter another member of my family. Pirates, sailing swiftly across the wine-dark sea, have kidnapped my sister and stolen our grain. We are starving. Oh immortal gods! Soon we all will die.

Phunis (The Godfather)
Nōq ozo̦nhucesw̦q. Paradays mey Amerīcamhi sa̦ndume, uno pw so̦jen jigame, uno pw qhonhwrana rise tā̦r. Secw̦rītīmhana bomhe jan tavaj; s java sɵn cwrdɵs so̦nhime. S nōq sō̦t jiremosy ur ganhwswq tā̦r. Nhā sōty tava wswcae̦syt gil nōqille s apw aramhoe̦se̦m : “Don Corleone, nunwn gil nōqille taqwsa.” Nhā tava ur mequculstocesyt jeza je̦nhireze. Jiremhwn ur erenese̦se̦m tā̦r. Tava urenc sarunat henna nōq lwrdachahen sō̦t Phunisosy. Mey gotey sɵn wtochɵs tava wswcae̦syt umey twtusoncum anh cosa̦ dus mōzo̦nc meqāsādare s nōq uculstocesyt tā̦r henna gwrhos ƨocachahen cen mɵnīca.

Translation
I understand. You found paradise in America, had a good trade, made a good living. The police protected you; and there were courts of law. And you didn't need a friend of me. But now you come to me and you say: 'Don Corleone give me justice.' But you don't ask with respect. You don't offer friendship. You don't even think to call me Godfather. Instead, you come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you ask me to do murder, for money.

Snowwhite and the Seven Dwarfs
Leyjōnha s Cenha Cest

Names of regions
  • Arcadius Federation : Arcadō̦soch pw Bosyƨu̦hemhwn (Arcadyósoch pw Bosytsyuhemhwn)

  • East Pacific : Jōnsoch pw Pasīmhīc (Jónsoch pw Pasímhíc)

  • The Western Isles : Gehermhach pw Bajwr

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