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Pre-GCSE Inspire Programme, St John's College

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LINGO: Where words are a matter of life and death

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You are unexpectedly dropped in a land whose language you need to learn as quickly as possible or you won’t be able to access any resources in it and your life will be endangered. You meet a (reassuringly) peaceful-looking inhabitant.

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He immediately launches into the following speech:

Welcome to Plam. Have you got any luggage?

I love Plam. Do you too?

My name is Plam. What’s your name?

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Garram! Brabo ari kala Plam, (vigorously pointing to himself). Kala brabo bari? (gently pointing at you?)

What is he trying to say?

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Can you answer him?

Write down what you would say, and then click here to check your work.

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Brabo ari kala X. (where X is your name)

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Someone else turns up and they greet each other enthusiastically.

I wish I’d not had a second cup of Sala.

Next stop Sala.

Her name is Sala.

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– Garram Sala!, he says to the newcomer.– Garram Plam!, she replies.He turns to you and says, pointing to her:– Mari brabo kala Sala.

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He then says to her, showing a vat of boiling liquid:

Sala, are you interested in thermodynamics? – Certainly, let’s get going!

Sala, would you like a swim? – I’d love to, but I’m in a rush!

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Sala, would you like a drink? – Yes, please, thank you!

– Sala, kilas’ pito?– Vloum eminam, pristam! Kilam pito primstick!, she replies, and she seizes her glass with gusto.

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He turns to you and says:

Vloum eminam, pristam!

Vlam eminam, pristam!

Pristam, kilas’ pito.

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X, kilas’ pito?

What’s your most likely answer, given you’re keen to establish a good relationship?

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From this conversation, you have learnt quite a lot of words of different kinds. You are now ready to tackle some more complicated questions about Plam and Sala's language. See how many you can complete for Competition 10!

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