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Old 30 Jan 2006, 10:55   #1 (permalink)
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My current project is a Tau Lexicon... a workable Tau language which can be used in ordinary, everyday situations.

So I thought I'd make a game of it... give me a line or two to translate. Don't make it too long, and try to keep it loose (direct translations may not always occur).

For example, "On the other hand" might be translated into Tau as "on second thoughts"... they both mean more or less the same thing.


And yes, for those who are that way inclined, there are insults and curses.
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Old 30 Jan 2006, 14:24   #2 (permalink)
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curses! there's no cereal left!

do the tau have a word for cereal?
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I might have known you'd post this up Wargamer.

How about translating "Kill the Crazy Frog" into Tau?
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Where no word exists, I attempt to create one from existing words. Where that doesn't work, I make it up.

To'Tau'va! Ea' Ko'io'nai Run'al! = By the path! There is no cereal! (lit: The cereal hides!)


As for the Crazy Frog...

Mont'ka Ea' Klkn! = Kill the [expletive]!
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how about....

i shall fish slap ethereal slapper back
does fish work in tau? or slap?
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i shall fish slap ethereal slapper back
... well, leaving out "fish"...

Y Sav'Ka Aun'Sav'Ka'era Xesa'Ge.

"I will hit the Ethereal slapper ["Did strike many Ethereals"] again."
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translate:

"Inform the human of our rational and fair point of view"
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"Greater good accepts all, but all donīt accept greater good."

Are you making unknown words up in your head, or do you take some reference? I could imagine japanese written in "normal" letters would offer good Tau words.
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"I AM god!"

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Are you making unknown words up in your head, or do you take some reference? I could imagine japanese written in "normal" letters would offer good Tau words.
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"Inform the human of our rational and fair point of view"
Ret Ea'Gue'La Doran'ro Ge Bentu Vah'cha.

Direct translation: "Teach the human our calm-minded and wise-gifted goal."

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