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The Eruithairkan Language

May 5, 2017

Below is some information which survived the demise of the much lamented Koplushia wiki website that mysteriously evaporated some years ago. I made this language up in a whim at the time, but thought you might like a delightful break from studying breehah.

There will not be a Tiny Cards deck for this one. If you want to know what this language in reference to, look up my short story ‘Terra Incognita,’ available in English [link] or Esperanto! [link]

The Eruithairkan language is ‘spoken’ while inhaling through the mouth and putting one’s toungue in certain places in your mouth. The skilled linguist just might be able to duplicate the sounds the Eruithairkans make, but you really neeed to be immersed with the Eruithairk to get it right. Being as that’s quite unlikely, this remains a fun exercise for anyone interested.


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An Eruithairkan musician

I have used letters of the Latin alphabet to indicate the different positions of the tongue.  Some sounds of the Eruithairkan language are made by exhaling and these are also indicated.

The Sounds

Remember to inhale when following these, with the lips parted.

F – indicates the tongue  forward in the mouth, just touching behind the top teeth.

M – indicates the tongue pulled back from F, the front part of the tongue, but not the tip is on the pallate.

B – indicates the tongue is pulled back further than M, at this point the lower edges of the toungue may flap.  This is the desired effect.

R – indicates the F position with the right side of the mouth opened a bit. You should get a sound similar to that you hear at the Dentist office when that suction thing suddenly finds saliva. You may also use the left side if your right side gets tired.

S – close your lips make the F position, suck and then open the right side several times. You should get a sort of stuttering sound.

U – make a ‘g’ sound, but swallow the sound instead of saying it.  This should sound somewhat like an ‘uhg.’

G – exhaling, make a guh guh guh sound. In this explanation, each G indicates one ‘guh’.

O – this indicates making the F position, but exhaling.

H – This indicates a throad clearing sound, like a gutteral frickative of, (for example) hebrew.)

P – make a ‘pop’ noise with your lips. Multiple ‘P’s means that many ‘pop’s

A hyphen ‘-‘ following a letter indicates stress on that sound. Simply double the length the sound is made.

Ex. FPPPBBR-USG = Leave the area imediately!

In written form, each repeated letter indicates a stop and beginning. During non repeated letters, just slide the tongue around to each position.

The language is idiomatic in the extreme. Each phrase is unique and any pattern seems to be by chance.

You can actually do this, why you’d want to, I don’t know.  Have Fun. The Eruithairk are our closest neighbors.

 

Learn Breehah Numbers

April 30, 2017

Lesson 3

haiTAHK SREEmid

Some numbers. The original breehah numbering system was base 8 because they have two hands with four fingers on each hand. After contact with the Koplushians was established, a base ten system was introduced, greatly influenced by the Koplushian language. The base 10 system is now used over the whole planet of Silonar, but some of the traditional number names survive in poetry and as archaisms used mainly by affected intellectuals. (more…)

Learn Breehah – Lesson 1

April 9, 2017

Lesson 1
haiTAHK mid

Call this first lesson more of an introduction to some basics in the language. While I truly don’t expect anyone to try and master this intelectual exercise, I’m going to at least cover all the points of grammar and then introduce at least as much vocabulary as necesary. It may go beyond that–eventually. If anyone ever approached me and started speaking breehah to me, I doubt I’d understand very much myself. (more…)

A Conlang Named Breehah

April 3, 2017

Ho horf BREEhah-horg!

Let’s Speak Breehah!

What is Breehah? It’s a language that a friend and I pretty much developed in our youth and later on. From time to time I come back to it because of the conlangs that we worked on, way back when, Breehah and the aliens who used it are my favorite.

I want to do a series that teaches basic breehah on this blog. (more…)

Ho, kia ĉarma sciuro!

September 20, 2016

squirrel-and-coffee

Star Wars: Rey’s best line

September 2, 2016

i bypassed the compressor

“I bypassed the compressor.”

Help me Obi Wan!

August 29, 2016

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What’s the Difference?

February 11, 2016

A while ago I was puzzling out what to call ‘model railroading’ in Esperanto.  The suggestions I got were in the tone that since the trains involved are small, they must be toys. Being a model railroader, I can attest that though model trains are small, they are not something one truly ‘plays’ with, nor do you want to hand over a $200+ locomotive to a small child.  Below I have put 3 photos to explain the difference.

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Toy Trains/Ludfervojo

skalfervojo

Model Trains=Model Railroad/Skalfervojo

tamen skalfervojo

Still a Model Railroad/Tamen skalfervojo

Esperanto Word Search Book

February 9, 2016

vortserchoj-1For Those who enjoy word search puzzles and either speak or just like Esperanto, I’ve put out the first of several planned books of word search puzzles in Esperanto. There are 50 puzzles in the book with words ranging from simple to challenging compound words. It’s available direct from Lulu.com here [link], but should soon be available on Amazon as well.

Word search puzzles are a great low tech way to pass time while on a flight, or anytime you have to wait around alone.

I have two more books in the works, so keep an eye out for more!

Star Wars in Esperanto

February 8, 2016

jen kaptilo