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cluelessboutlanguages
Tuesday 02nd of May 2006 03:01:21 AM
Can anyone help me with translating something?: If anyone can help me that would be great! Thanks.

1)Ertu a­ bor­a fiska/fiskinn (I know bor­a fiska/fiskinn means eat/meal fish and a­ means to but I it doesn't seem to make much sense.)
2) Hva­ er Gunnar og Ingibj÷rg a­ gera. (I thought it meant what are gunnar and Ingibj÷rg to do but unless the question mark has been left off it doesn't make sense either.)

Thanks for your help!



mrbicrevise
Tuesday 09th of May 2006 04:34:39 PM
Originally posted by cluelessboutlanguages


If anyone can help me that would be great! Thanks.

1)Ertu a­ bor­a fiska/fiskinn (I know bor­a fiska/fiskinn means eat/meal fish and a­ means to but I it doesn't seem to make much sense.)
2) Hva­ er Gunnar og Ingibj÷rg a­ gera. (I thought it meant what are gunnar and Ingibj÷rg to do but unless the question mark has been left off it doesn't make sense either.)

Thanks for your help!


As far as I know "ertu" means "are you", so if I had to guess I'd say that phrase would translate as "Are you going to eat fish?"


errrkle
Saturday 20th of May 2006 08:07:31 PM
1) -does mean 'Are you eating fish/the fish*, hence a­ is a grammatical marker to indicate that you're eating in the present tense
2) -would mean 'What are Gunnar and Ingibjorg doing?', i.e in the present tense, if eru was in place of er- plural

e.g, ╔g er a­ gera: I am doing
╔g er a­ lesa: I am reading

I suppose the 'er a­...is similar to 'je suis en train de..' [I am in the process of...] as in French

*I'm not sure whether the words for fish are correct though, I'm still very much a beginner;declining nouns


einhar
Saturday 20th of May 2006 11:23:30 PM
Hva­ eru (plural verb) Gunnar og Ingibj÷rg a­ gera.

'A­' is an infinitive marker before a verb.
Have a look at this site:
http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/IcelOnline/IcelOnline.TEId-idx?type=simple&size=First+100&rgn=lemma&q1=a%F0&submit=Search




einhar
Tuesday 06th of June 2006 07:26:37 AM
Originally posted by mrbicrevise


Originally posted by cluelessboutlanguages


If anyone can help me that would be great! Thanks.

1)Ertu a­ bor­a fiska/fiskinn (I know bor­a fiska/fiskinn means eat/meal fish and a­ means to but I it doesn't seem to make much sense.)
2) Hva­ er Gunnar og Ingibj÷rg a­ gera. (I thought it meant what are gunnar and Ingibj÷rg to do but unless the question mark has been left off it doesn't make sense either.)

Thanks for your help!


As far as I know "ertu" means "are you", so if I had to guess I'd say that phrase would translate as "Are you going to eat fish?"

Actually 'ertu' is derived from 'er ■˙', similar cases:
Far­u - Far ■˙ = Go
Komdu - Kom ■˙ = Come
Gakktu - Gakk ■˙ = Walk


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