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By die dokter

57 [fifty-seven]

At the doctor

At the doctor

57 [sewe en vyftig]


By die dokter

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I have a doctor’s appointment. Ek h-- ’- a------- b- d-- d-----. Ek het ’n afspraak by die dokter. 0 +
I have the appointment at ten o’clock. Ek h-- d-- a------- o- t--- u--. Ek het die afspraak om tien uur. 0 +
What is your name? Wa- i- u n---? Wat is u naam? 0 +
Please take a seat in the waiting room. Kr- v-- u s----- ’- s------ i- d-- w-------. Kry vir u solank ’n sitplek in die wagkamer. 0 +
The doctor is on his way. Di- d----- k-- b--------. Die dokter kom binnekort. 0 +
What insurance company do you belong to? Wa-- i- u v-------? Waar is u verseker? 0 +
What can I do for you? Wa- k-- e- v-- u d---? Wat kan ek vir u doen? 0 +
Do you have any pain? He- u p--? Het u pyn? 0 +
Where does it hurt? Wa-- i- d-- s---? Waar is dit seer? 0 +
I always have back pain. Ek h-- a---- r-----. Ek het altyd rugpyn. 0 +
I often have headaches. Ek h-- d------ h------. Ek het dikwels hoofpyn. 0 +
I sometimes have stomach aches. Ek h-- s--- m------. Ek het soms maagpyn. 0 +
Remove your top! Tr-- a-------- u h--- u--. Trek asseblief u hemp uit. 0 +
Lie down on the examining table. Lê a-------- o- d-- o-------------. Lê asseblief op die ondersoektafel. 0 +
Your blood pressure is okay. U b-------- i- i- d-- h---. U bloeddruk is in die haak. 0 +
I will give you an injection. Ek g--- u ’- i--------- g--. Ek gaan u ’n inspuiting gee. 0 +
I will give you some pills. Ek g--- u t------- g--. Ek gaan u tablette gee. 0 +
I am giving you a prescription for the pharmacy. Ek g--- u ’- v-------- v-- d-- a----- g--. Ek gaan u ’n voorskrif vir die apteek gee. 0 +

Long words, short words

The length of a word is dependent upon its informative content. This has been shown by an American study. Researchers evaluated words from ten European languages. This was achieved with the help of a computer. The computer analyzed various words with a program. In the process, it used a formula to calculate the informative content. The results were clear. The shorter a word is, the less information it conveys. Interestingly, we use short words more often than long words. The reason for this could lie in the efficiency of speech. When we speak, we concentrate on the most important thing. Therefore, words without much information mustn't be too long. This guarantees we don't spend too much time on unimportant things. The correlation between length and content has another advantage. It ensures that the informative content always remains the same. That is to say, we always say the same amount in a certain period of time. For example, we can use a few long words. But we can also use many short words. It doesn't matter what we decide: The informative content remains the same. As a result, our speech has a consistent rhythm. This makes it easier for listeners to follow us. If the amount of information were always varied, it would be difficult. Our listeners couldn't adapt well to our speech. Comprehension would thus be made difficult. He who wants the best chance of being understood should use short words. Since short words are better comprehended than long ones. Therefore, the principle goes: Keep It Short and Simple! In short: KISS!