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46 [forty-six]

In the discotheque

In the discotheque

46 [apatnapu’t anim]

Sa Diskohan

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Is this seat taken? Ma- na----o -a-dito? M__ n______ b_ d____ M-y n-k-u-o b- d-t-? -------------------- May nakaupo ba dito? 0
May I sit with you? Maaa-- -- --ong--m--o--a---b---o? M_____ b_ a____ u____ s_ t___ m__ M-a-r- b- a-o-g u-u-o s- t-b- m-? --------------------------------- Maaari ba akong umupo sa tabi mo? 0
Sure. S-g-. S____ S-g-. ----- Sige. 0
How do you like the music? N-g--us---an ---ba---g Mus-ka--/-Gus-- mo--a yun---u---ga-? N___________ m_ b_ a__ M______ / G____ m_ b_ y___ t________ N-g-g-s-u-a- m- b- a-g M-s-k-? / G-s-o m- b- y-n- t-g-u-a-? ----------------------------------------------------------- Nagugustuhan mo ba ang Musika? / Gusto mo ba yung tugtugan? 0
A little too loud. Medy---al----. M____ m_______ M-d-o m-l-k-s- -------------- Medyo malakas. 0
But the band plays very well. N-uni- -agand--an----g-ugt-g -g b----. N_____ m______ a__ p________ n_ b_____ N-u-i- m-g-n-a a-g p-g-u-t-g n- b-n-a- -------------------------------------- Ngunit maganda ang pagtugtog ng banda. 0
Do you come here often? Madala- k- b- r--o? M______ k_ b_ r____ M-d-l-s k- b- r-t-? ------------------- Madalas ka ba rito? 0
No, this is the first time. H-ndi,-i----n- -nan--be---. H_____ i__ a__ u____ b_____ H-n-i- i-o a-g u-a-g b-s-s- --------------------------- Hindi, ito ang unang beses. 0
I’ve never been here before. H-n---pa-a-o--akap---a-dit-. H____ p_ a__ n________ d____ H-n-i p- a-o n-k-p-n-a d-t-. ---------------------------- Hindi pa ako nakapunta dito. 0
Would you like to dance? Gus-o -- -a-g-s-may--? G____ m_ b___ s_______ G-s-o m- b-n- s-m-y-w- ---------------------- Gusto mo bang sumayaw? 0
Maybe later. B-ka -a--ya. B___ m______ B-k- m-m-y-. ------------ Baka mamaya. 0
I can’t dance very well. H-n-i -ko--an-on------i-- ---a-aw. H____ a__ g_____ k_______ s_______ H-n-i a-o g-n-o- k-g-l-n- s-m-y-w- ---------------------------------- Hindi ako ganoon kagaling sumayaw. 0
It’s very easy. Ma---- lang -on. M_____ l___ y___ M-d-l- l-n- y-n- ---------------- Madali lang yon. 0
I’ll show you. I--p---t---o-say-. I________ k_ s____ I-a-a-i-a k- s-y-. ------------------ Ipapakita ko sayo. 0
No, maybe some other time. Hi-d-, --- ---uti--- i-a---p-gkak-t-on-n- --n-. H_____ m__ m_____ s_ i____ p__________ n_ l____ H-n-i- m-s m-b-t- s- i-a-g p-g-a-a-a-n n- l-n-. ----------------------------------------------- Hindi, mas mabuti sa ibang pagkakataon na lang. 0
Are you waiting for someone? M-y---ni--nta-----ba? M__ h_________ k_ b__ M-y h-n-h-n-a- k- b-? --------------------- May hinihintay ka ba? 0
Yes, for my boyfriend. Oo, a---n-by- -o. O__ a__ n____ k__ O-, a-g n-b-o k-. ----------------- Oo, ang nobyo ko. 0
There he is! Ay-n-n---iy-! A___ n_ s____ A-u- n- s-y-! ------------- Ayun na siya! 0

Genes influence language

The language we speak is dependent on our ancestry. But our genes are also responsible for our language. Scottish researchers have come to this conclusion. They examined how English differs from Chinese. In doing so they discovered that genes play a role, too. Because genes influence the development of our brain. That is to say, they shape our brain structures. With this, our ability to learn languages is determined. Variants of two genes are crucial to this. If a particular variant is scarce, tonal languages develop. So tonal languages are spoken by people without these gene variants. In tonal languages, the meaning of words is determined by the pitch of the tones. Chinese is included in the tonal languages, for example. If this gene variant is dominant, however, other languages develop. English is not a tonal language. The variants of this gene are not evenly distributed. That means they occur with differing frequency in the world. But languages only survive if they are passed down. In order to do this, children must be able to imitate the language of their parents. So they must be able to learn the language well. Only then will it be passed down from generation to generation. The older gene variant is the one that promotes tonal languages. So there were probably more tonal languages in the past than there are today. But one mustn't overestimate the genetic components. They can only add to explaining the development of languages. But there isn't a gene for English, or a gene for Chinese. Anybody can learn any language. You don't need genes for that, but rather only curiosity and discipline!
Did you know?
Thai is a member of the Tai-Kadai language family. It is the native language of 20 million people. In contrast to most western languages, Thai is a tonal language. In tonal languages, the pronunciation of syllables changes their meaning. Most Thai words consist of only one syllable. A word takes on a different meaning depending on the pitch in which a syllable is spoken. Altogether Thai distinguishes between five pitches. Thai society was strictly divided over many centuries. As a result, Thai still recognizes at least five different levels of speech today. These range from a simple vernacular to a very polite form of speech. Furthermore, Thai is divided into many local dialects. The language's semiotic system is a hybrid of an alphabet and syllabic writing. The grammar construction is not very complex. Because Thai is an isolating language, there are no declensions or conjugations. Learn Thai - it is really a fascinating language!