Lojban For Beginners— velcli befi la lojban bei loi co’a cilre




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Lojban words as names


By now you should be able to Lojbanise your own name. However, if you prefer, you can translate your name into Lojban (if you know what it means, of course) or adopt a completely new Lojban identity. Native Americans generally translate their name when speaking English, partly because they have meaningful names, and partly because they don’t expect the wasichu to be able to pronounce words in Lakota, Cherokee or whatever!

All Lojban words (as opposed to cmene) end in a vowel, and although you can use them as names as they stand, it’s common to leave out the final vowel to make it absolutely clear that this is a name and not something else (Lojban goes for overkill when it comes to possible misunderstanding). So if your name or nickname is Cat (Lojban mlatu), you can either add s like a normal cmene to make mlatus., or just chop the end off and call yourself mlat. .

Here are a few examples:

Fish – finpefinp.

Björn (Scandinavian = bear) – cribecrib.

Green – crinocrin.

Mei Li (Chinese = beautiful) – melbimelb.

Ayhan (Turkish = Moon Lord) – lunra nobli (= lurnobli) – lurnoblis.

Answers to Exercises


Exercise 2

1. .ua

2. .oi

3. .u’inai

4. .u’i

5. .ienai

6. .oi , .i’enai, or even .oi.i’enai

7. .iunai

8. Probably .a’unai.oi, unless you like cold greasy food, of course.

9. .uu

10. Depends on your feelings about beetles. .ii if you have a phobia, .a’unai if you are merely repelled by it, .a’u if you’re an entomologist, and so on.

Exercise 3

1. New York: USA

2. Rome: Italy

3. Havana: Cuba

4. Cardiff: Wales (The Welsh for Cardiff is Caerdydd, which would Lojbanise to something like kairdyd..)

5. Beijing: China

6. Ankara: Turkey

7. Albequerque: New Mexico, USA

8. Vancouver: Canada

9. Cape Town: South Africa

10. Taipei: Taiwan (note b, not p. Although actually, the b in Pinyin is pronounced as a p... But this isn’t meant to be a course on Mandarin!)

11. Bonn: Germany

12. Delhi: India (The Hindi for Delhi is Dillî, which would give diliys. or dili’is..)

13. Nice: France

14. Athens: Greece (Athina in Greek)

15. Leeds: England

16. Helsinki: Finland

Exercise 4

There are usually alternative spellings for names, either because people pronounce the originals differently, or because the exact sound doesn’t exist in Lojban, so you need to choose between two Lojban letters. This doesn’t matter, so long as everyone knows who or where you’re talking about.

1. djon. (or djan. with some accents)

2. melisys.

3. .amandys. (again, depending on your accent, the final y may be a, the initial a may be y, and the middle a may be e.)

4. matius.

5. maikyl. or maik,l. , depending on how you say it.

6. deivyd.bau,is. or bo,is. (but not bu,is.—that’s the knife)

7. djein.ostin.

8. .uiliam.cekspir.

9. sigornis.uivyr. or sygornis.uivyr.

10. ritcyrd.niksyn.

11. .istanBUL. with English stress, .IStanbul with American, .istanbul. with Turkish. Lojbanists generally prefer to base cmene on local pronunciation, but this is not an absolute rule.

12. maDRID.

13. tokios.

14. san.salvaDOR. (with Spanish stress)
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