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Is the beach clean? Va- p------- i- t---? +
Can one swim there? Va- t-- v-- p--------? +
Isn’t it dangerous to swim there? Va- n-- b------ t-- p--------? +
Can one rent a sun umbrella / parasol here? Va- t- v-- i------ s----------? +
Can one rent a deck chair here? Va- t- v-- i------ g----------? +
Can one rent a boat here? Va- t- v-- i------ l----? +
I would like to surf. Es l------ p--------. +
I would like to dive. Es l------ n----. +
I would like to water ski. Es l------ p-------- a- ū----------. +
Can one rent a surfboard? Va- v-- i------ s-------? +
Can one rent diving equipment? Va- v-- i------ n------- p---------? +
Can one rent water skis? Va- v-- i------ ū----------? +
I’m only a beginner. Es e--- i-------. +
I’m moderately good. Ma--- p------ i- v--------. +
I’m pretty good at it. Es t- j-- p----. +
Where is the ski lift? Ku- i- s-------- p-------? +
Do you have skis? Va- t-- i- l---- s-----? +
Do you have ski boots? Va- t-- t-- i- l---- s--------- z-----? +

The language of pictures

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