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12 J^'r*! Thank you' 5*F£,qI3FI Thank you' (honorific) There are other words used for the days of the week; for example, it is also common to speak of the days of the week in cycles of seven ( ^ ^ ^H), but you can learn those later. 28 ^TTT^'^l DO YOU KNOW? Tibetans have many ways to select names for their children. Often the names have four syllables, but not always. One way to pick a child's name is to use the day of the week the child was born on. For example, ^ ^ 9 ^ 'Sunday7 (9 ^ means 'sun'); if a child is born on a Sunday, ^ ^ , a common Tibetan name, can be used (just drop the ^ 1 ^ ) .

GRAMMAR I. ^1 and ^ have the same meaning and function, but ^ is used on words which end with vowels and "1 is used on words which end in consonants 16 . When ^ is added to words, the pronunciation is affected: [a] (as in 'ah') becomes [e] (as in 'ray') and [o] becomes [0] (say 'ay' with rounded lips); in addition, there is a slight lengthening of the vowel: 15 c [rja] $ ^ [rje:] P [kho] $ ^ [kh0i] 'his' 'my', 'mine' An alternative spelling is 5 ^1^ which is a more common in Written Tibetan. Altogether there are five allomorphs (variations) in Written Tibetan and they are given in chapter three.

Anna: Sister: Anna: Sister: Anna: Sister: Anna: Sister: Anna: Sister: Anna: Sister: I don't. Have you married? No, I have not married. Aah, How old are you this year? I am 30 years old. Atsi! When are you going to marry? I don't know. I don't have a boyfriend right now. Well, I have an acquaintance. Tomorrow I will introduce you. Thank-you, but tomorrow I have something to do. Then, later on... Never mind. It's a hassle, right? OK... 5H NO V NO NO 18. ^ ' 3 exclamation of surprise 19. I 3 ! to do (hon) verbalizer (see Lesson thirteen) NO" 2.

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