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Around the house

Around the house

17 [sewentien]

In en om die huis

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Our house is here. On-------is-h---. Ons huis is hier. O-s h-i- i- h-e-. ----------------- Ons huis is hier. 0
The roof is on top. B- i--di----k. Bo is die dak. B- i- d-e d-k- -------------- Bo is die dak. 0
The basement is below. Onder is di- --l---. Onder is die kelder. O-d-r i- d-e k-l-e-. -------------------- Onder is die kelder. 0
There is a garden behind the house. A--er---e-h--s is -n-tu-n. Agter die huis is ’n tuin. A-t-r d-e h-i- i- ’- t-i-. -------------------------- Agter die huis is ’n tuin. 0
There is no street in front of the house. Voo--die ------- -a---ni- ---s--a---n--. Voor die huis is daar nie ’n straat nie. V-o- d-e h-i- i- d-a- n-e ’- s-r-a- n-e- ---------------------------------------- Voor die huis is daar nie ’n straat nie. 0
There are trees next to the house. La--s--ie-huis--s d-ar---me. Langs die huis is daar bome. L-n-s d-e h-i- i- d-a- b-m-. ---------------------------- Langs die huis is daar bome. 0
My apartment is here. Hier--s-m-----nstel. Hier is my woonstel. H-e- i- m- w-o-s-e-. -------------------- Hier is my woonstel. 0
The kitchen and bathroom are here. Hi-r ---die-k-mbui- ---di- b---a--r. Hier is die kombuis en die badkamer. H-e- i- d-e k-m-u-s e- d-e b-d-a-e-. ------------------------------------ Hier is die kombuis en die badkamer. 0
The living room and bedroom are there. D-a- -----e --on-am-- ----i---la-pk-m-r. Daar is die woonkamer en die slaapkamer. D-a- i- d-e w-o-k-m-r e- d-e s-a-p-a-e-. ---------------------------------------- Daar is die woonkamer en die slaapkamer. 0
The front door is closed. D-e---o--eur--s g-slu--. Die voordeur is gesluit. D-e v-o-d-u- i- g-s-u-t- ------------------------ Die voordeur is gesluit. 0
But the windows are open. Ma---di- -e------ is --p. Maar die vensters is oop. M-a- d-e v-n-t-r- i- o-p- ------------------------- Maar die vensters is oop. 0
It is hot today. D---i------ ---dag. Dit is warm vandag. D-t i- w-r- v-n-a-. ------------------- Dit is warm vandag. 0
We are going to the living room. On- --an --o--am-- -o-. Ons gaan woonkamer toe. O-s g-a- w-o-k-m-r t-e- ----------------------- Ons gaan woonkamer toe. 0
There is a sofa and an armchair there. D-a--is -n--u-b--- e--’n---un---e-. Daar is ’n rusbank en ’n leunstoel. D-a- i- ’- r-s-a-k e- ’- l-u-s-o-l- ----------------------------------- Daar is ’n rusbank en ’n leunstoel. 0
Please, sit down! S----a--ebl---! Sit, asseblief! S-t- a-s-b-i-f- --------------- Sit, asseblief! 0
My computer is there. Da-r -t-an------k---ar. Daar staan my rekenaar. D-a- s-a-n m- r-k-n-a-. ----------------------- Daar staan my rekenaar. 0
My stereo is there. Da-- -t-a--my h--trou-te-. Daar staan my hoëtroustel. D-a- s-a-n m- h-ë-r-u-t-l- -------------------------- Daar staan my hoëtroustel. 0
The TV set is brand new. Die t-le---i- i--spl-n---n-u-. Die televisie is splinternuut. D-e t-l-v-s-e i- s-l-n-e-n-u-. ------------------------------ Die televisie is splinternuut. 0

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