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Creating the Albalian Language (WIP)

Okay guys, this factbook is going to be a huge WIP because as far as I can tell, creating a language is not a short affair. So, as you might be able to tell from words I already have, Albalian takes some words and its structure from a few real-world languages. I'm going to be using the Latin alphabet for simplicity's sake, even though an alien race wouldn't use Latin characters. If you spot any errors, let me know.

Standard 26-letter English alphabet plus:

Ä/ä - pronounced ɛ - bet
Á/á - pronounced au - cow, mouth
É/é - pronounced i - bee
Ü/ü - pronounced yː - shoot, shoes

S-O-V; Subject, Object, Verb
Subject comes first, the object second, and the verb third.
Examples:
Albalian
Literally translated
Translated to English

"On toitnée somio."
"He food ate."
"He ate food."

"Ona d'poltenü jubida."
"She on the path will run."
"She will run on the path."

"d'poltenü jubi."
"on the path run."
"Run on the path."

"Oni a'lablie saanio."
"They the ball caught."
"They caught the ball."

Real-life examples of this word order can be found in Japanese, German and Korean.

All nouns can be pluralised by the prefix 'ne-'.
Examples:
lablie (ball) becomes nelablie (balls)
puldee (bottle) becomes nepuldee (bottles)

Present tense verbs are the base for the tenses; the suffix '-io' is added for past tense verbs, and '-da' is added for future tense verbs. The word 'io' means 'was', and the word 'da' means 'will' as in 'will [do x]'. 'a' is added to the end of a verb if it refers to something present, in the 3rd person.
There is no modifier for the suffix '-ing', as in 'eating' or 'running'. Instead, the present tense word is used. To say 'I am eating', one would say 'O'én somi'
Examples:
Past - Present - Future
somio - somi/somia - somida
ate - eat/eats - will eat

istuáio - istuá/istuáa - istuáda
sat - sit/sits - will sit

An adjective can be turned into a noun by adding the suffix '-zaru'. This functions a lot like the suffix '-ness' in English; for example, the adjective 'like' becomes a noun - 'likeness'. In addition, the suffix '-nia' is used like the English suffix '-ly', such as in 'quickly'.
Examples:
Adjective - Noun - Adverb
Meeten - Meetenzaru - Meetenia
Like - Likeness- Likely

Terávi - Terávizaru - Terávinia
Sharp - Sharpness - Sharply

Liksiü - Liksiüzaru - Liksiünia
Flat - Flatness - Flatly

--English--

--Albalian--

He/She

On/Ona

They/It

Oni/Ono

I am

O'én

You are

Tei'én

He/She is

On/Ona'éna

Was

Io

Will

Da

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-

*More to come, promise*

So guys, if you find a few minutes I'd appreciate it if you wrote a sentence or two in Albalian using what few words I've provided, along with an English translation. It'll help me see if this factbook is actually understandable to others.

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