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Small Talk 2

Small Talk 2

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Small Talk 2

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Where do you come from? W-ar--om- u---n--a-? Waar komt u vandaan? W-a- k-m- u v-n-a-n- -------------------- Waar komt u vandaan? 0
From Basel. U-t--az--. Uit Bazel. U-t B-z-l- ---------- Uit Bazel. 0
Basel is in Switzerland. B-ze---i---in -----erla-d. Bazel ligt in Zwitserland. B-z-l l-g- i- Z-i-s-r-a-d- -------------------------- Bazel ligt in Zwitserland. 0
May I introduce Mr. Miller? Ma- -k-- de-he-- ----e--v-----e---n? Mag ik u de heer Müller voorstellen? M-g i- u d- h-e- M-l-e- v-o-s-e-l-n- ------------------------------------ Mag ik u de heer Müller voorstellen? 0
He is a foreigner. H-j i- bu-ten-----r. Hij is buitenlander. H-j i- b-i-e-l-n-e-. -------------------- Hij is buitenlander. 0
He speaks several languages. Hi- --re-k-----r--re-tal--. Hij spreekt meerdere talen. H-j s-r-e-t m-e-d-r- t-l-n- --------------------------- Hij spreekt meerdere talen. 0
Are you here for the first time? B--t u voo--d- ee-ste--eer -ier? Bent u voor de eerste keer hier? B-n- u v-o- d- e-r-t- k-e- h-e-? -------------------------------- Bent u voor de eerste keer hier? 0
No, I was here once last year. N--, -k---s vo--g j--r-oo--a- h---. Nee, ik was vorig jaar ook al hier. N-e- i- w-s v-r-g j-a- o-k a- h-e-. ----------------------------------- Nee, ik was vorig jaar ook al hier. 0
Only for a week, though. M-ar --e-h-s-éé---ee-. Maar slechts één week. M-a- s-e-h-s é-n w-e-. ---------------------- Maar slechts één week. 0
How do you like it here? Ho---ev-lt --- u---j-o-s? Hoe bevalt het u bij ons? H-e b-v-l- h-t u b-j o-s- ------------------------- Hoe bevalt het u bij ons? 0
A lot. The people are nice. Zee- g-ed- ---m--s---z--n -ri--d---jk. Zeer goed. De mensen zijn vriendelijk. Z-e- g-e-. D- m-n-e- z-j- v-i-n-e-i-k- -------------------------------------- Zeer goed. De mensen zijn vriendelijk. 0
And I like the scenery, too. E- h-t-l-------p bevalt--e -o-. En het landschap bevalt me ook. E- h-t l-n-s-h-p b-v-l- m- o-k- ------------------------------- En het landschap bevalt me ook. 0
What is your profession? Wa- ---- - van--e---p? Wat bent u van beroep? W-t b-n- u v-n b-r-e-? ---------------------- Wat bent u van beroep? 0
I am a translator. I---en -er-al-r. Ik ben vertaler. I- b-n v-r-a-e-. ---------------- Ik ben vertaler. 0
I translate books. Ik -e-t-al-boek--. Ik vertaal boeken. I- v-r-a-l b-e-e-. ------------------ Ik vertaal boeken. 0
Are you alone here? B-nt-u---------ee-? Bent u hier alleen? B-n- u h-e- a-l-e-? ------------------- Bent u hier alleen? 0
No, my wife / my husband is also here. Ne-- -i-- vrouw-- -ijn-ma- is-o-k----r. Nee, mijn vrouw / mijn man is ook hier. N-e- m-j- v-o-w / m-j- m-n i- o-k h-e-. --------------------------------------- Nee, mijn vrouw / mijn man is ook hier. 0
And those are my two children. E---aa- zi-- --jn-tw-e-k--der-n. En daar zijn mijn twee kinderen. E- d-a- z-j- m-j- t-e- k-n-e-e-. -------------------------------- En daar zijn mijn twee kinderen. 0

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