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Asking for directions
|Excuse me!||Ve------ m-!|
|Can you help me?||Ka- u m- h---?|
|Is there a good restaurant around here?||Wa-- i- d--- ’- g---- r--------- h---?|
|Take a left at the corner.||U g--- l---- o- d-- h---.|
|Then go straight for a while.||Da- h-- u r----- v-- ’- r-----.|
|Then go right for a hundred metres / meters (am.).||Da- h-- u r--- v-- ’- h------ m----.|
|You can also take the bus.||U k-- o-- d-- b-- n---.|
|You can also take the tram.||U k-- o-- d-- t--- n---.|
|You can also follow me with your car.||U k-- o-- m--- e-------- a---- m- a-- r-.|
|How do I get to the football / soccer (am.) stadium?||Ho- k-- e- b- d-- s------------?|
|Cross the bridge!||St--- d-- b--- o--!|
|Go through the tunnel!||Ga-- d--- d-- t-----!|
|Drive until you reach the third traffic light.||Ry t-- b- d-- d---- v----------.|
|Then turn into the first street on your right.||Dr--- b- d-- e----- s----- r---.|
|Then drive straight through the next intersection.||Ho- r----- t-- b- d-- v------- k-------.|
|Excuse me, how do I get to the airport?||Ve------ m-- h-- k-- e- b- d-- l------?|
|It is best if you take the underground / subway (am.).||Di- i- b---- o- m-- d-- t---- t- g---.|
|Simply get out at the last stop.||U r- e-------- t-- d-- l----- s-----.|
The language of animalsWhen we want to express ourselves, we use our speech. Animals have their own language as well. And they use it exactly like us humans. That is to say, they talk to each other in order to exchange information. Basically each animal species has a particular language. Even termites communicate with each other. When in danger, they slap their bodies on the ground. This is their way of warning each other. Other animal species whistle when they approach enemies. Bees speak with each other through dancing. Through this, they show other bees where there is something to eat. Whales make sounds that can be heard from 5,000 kilometers away. They communicate with each other through special songs.
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