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21 [twenty-one]

Small Talk 2

Small Talk 2

21 [vint-i-u]

Conversa 2

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Where do you come from? D-o- és-vostè? D’on és vostè? D-o- é- v-s-è- -------------- D’on és vostè? 0
From Basel. De B-s---a. De Basilea. D- B-s-l-a- ----------- De Basilea. 0
Basel is in Switzerland. Ba-ilea -s - Suï-sa. Basilea és a Suïssa. B-s-l-a é- a S-ï-s-. -------------------- Basilea és a Suïssa. 0
May I introduce Mr. Miller? L- pres-n-- ------y-----l--r. Li presento el senyor Müller. L- p-e-e-t- e- s-n-o- M-l-e-. ----------------------------- Li presento el senyor Müller. 0
He is a foreigner. É--es---ng--. És estranger. É- e-t-a-g-r- ------------- És estranger. 0
He speaks several languages. P-r-- di-erses -l-n---s. Parla diverses llengües. P-r-a d-v-r-e- l-e-g-e-. ------------------------ Parla diverses llengües. 0
Are you here for the first time? És -a pri-e---ve-a-a --- é--a-u- v-stè? És la primera vegada que és aquí vostè? É- l- p-i-e-a v-g-d- q-e é- a-u- v-s-è- --------------------------------------- És la primera vegada que és aquí vostè? 0
No, I was here once last year. No---- -----i---e---’----passat. No, ja hi vaig ser l’any passat. N-, j- h- v-i- s-r l-a-y p-s-a-. -------------------------------- No, ja hi vaig ser l’any passat. 0
Only for a week, though. P--- --m-s--e- ----s-tmana. Però només per una setmana. P-r- n-m-s p-r u-a s-t-a-a- --------------------------- Però només per una setmana. 0
How do you like it here? L- -----a e- no-tr- p--- ---a--o--ra-ci-t--? Li agrada el nostre país / la nostra ciutat? L- a-r-d- e- n-s-r- p-í- / l- n-s-r- c-u-a-? -------------------------------------------- Li agrada el nostre país / la nostra ciutat? 0
A lot. The people are nice. M---. La-ge-t és ---t --a--e. Molt. La gent és molt amable. M-l-. L- g-n- é- m-l- a-a-l-. ----------------------------- Molt. La gent és molt amable. 0
And I like the scenery, too. I ta-bé ------da e---a--a--e. I també m’agrada el paisatge. I t-m-é m-a-r-d- e- p-i-a-g-. ----------------------------- I també m’agrada el paisatge. 0
What is your profession? Qu--- és-la s-va--rof-s-i-? Quina és la seva professió? Q-i-a é- l- s-v- p-o-e-s-ó- --------------------------- Quina és la seva professió? 0
I am a translator. S-c t--du---r. Sóc traductor. S-c t-a-u-t-r- -------------- Sóc traductor. 0
I translate books. Tr-d----o l-i----. Tradueixo llibres. T-a-u-i-o l-i-r-s- ------------------ Tradueixo llibres. 0
Are you alone here? Està s---aq-í? Està sol aquí? E-t- s-l a-u-? -------------- Està sol aquí? 0
No, my wife / my husband is also here. No,-la m--a don--- -l--eu-m-r-t --mb- -s-aqu-. No, la meva dona / el meu marit també és aquí. N-, l- m-v- d-n- / e- m-u m-r-t t-m-é é- a-u-. ---------------------------------------------- No, la meva dona / el meu marit també és aquí. 0
And those are my two children. I --l- són -------- -o--fil--. I allà són els meus dos fills. I a-l- s-n e-s m-u- d-s f-l-s- ------------------------------ I allà són els meus dos fills. 0

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