Let's start with the sounds of Kah and their pronounciation:
Amaika - Greetings
As in any language, a most vital element to start with are greetings. These are the key to starting a proper conversation. The following dialogue is an example of the use of Kah greetings:
mai - hello, hi
mai - hello, hi
haya la? - how are you?
nen - to be good, fine
li - you (singular)
ha - question particle, expresses question
ayo - everything, all
wa - I, me
lo - well, well then
om wayun - goodbye
Paragraph 1.1 - Mai
The basic greeting in Kah is mai. There is no distinction between formal or informal greetings, in all situations just mai will do. The proper reply to this greeting is also mai, but variations such as mai li ("hi you"), mai mai ("hi hi") or mai wai ("hi back") are suitable as well. The word mai can also be combined with other words such as parts of the day to form a specific greeting:
mai anin - good day
mai ninku - good morning
mai baninta - good afternoon
mai zekita - good evening
mai manta - good night
mai zon - sleep well
mai kiza - enjoy your meal, bon appetit
mai nunai - happy trails, travel well
mai hai - farewell
anin - day
ninku - morning
baninta - afternoon
zekita - evening
manta - night
zon - sleep
kiza - eat
nunai - travel
hai - to live
Paragraph 1.2 - Ha
In most parts of the world greetings don't stop at this point. Not only the well-being of the speakers is discussed, but the entire family and social environment are informed at.
ai - and
vanyo - family
vawana - wife
yu - he, she
uba - father
benyo - children, offspring
uyo - everybody
Please note the role of the question particle ha in the previous conversation, which can be translated best as "what about...?" in this context. It is a very important word in Kah which can be combined with many words in order to express a question:
li ha? - what about you?
yu ha? - what about him?
uba ha? - what about your father?
uma ha? - what about your mother?
vabu ha? - what about your husband?
vawana ha? - what about your wife?
benyo ha? - what about the kids?
vanyo ha? - what about your family?
Okan ha? - what about Ökan?
uma - mother
vabu - husband
The same goes for the phrases haya la and nen when specifying things:
haya la yu? - how is he?
haya la uba? - how is your father?
haya la Okan? - how is Okan?
haya la vanyo? - how is your family?
haya la vabu? - how is your husband?
haya la uyo? - how is everybody?
haya la Okan ai Fatimeh? - how are Okan and Fatime?
yu nen - he is fine
uba nen - my father is fine
Okan nen - Okan is fine
vanyo nen - my family is fine
vabu nen - my husband is fine
uyo nen - everybody is fine
Okan ai Fatimeh nen - Okan and Fatime are fine
yu nen ha? - is he fine?
uba nen ha? - is your father fine?
Okan nen ha? - is Okan fine?
vanyo nen ha? - is your family fine?
vabu nen ha? - is your husband fine?
uyo nen ha? - is everybody fine?
Okan ai Fatimeh nen ha? - are Okan and Fatime fine?
In order to practice and test your insight in the previous section, please make the following short exercise:
Translate into Kah:
1. And how are you?
2. How is your wife?
3. How are your father and mother?
4. My wife is fine.
5. And what about the kids? Are the kids fine?