6.E. Exercises

Your are advised to print the tables with exercises and to fill in. The exercises form a separate page, therefore only the exercises will be printed.
You can check your answers using the Answer book.

Exercise 1 Translate into English: possible passives
Zarma English
I na dari kankamante te, wala?  


I na goyo ban, wala?  


I na Musa donton ni do bi.  


I kand'ay se ŋwari.  


I ga ne ay se Fati.  



Exercise 2 Translate into English: numbers
Zarma English
Ay di zanka way cindi iddu da haw way cindi ahaku.  



Fu waranka afo si go no kwaara ra.  


Ahaku ga beri, iway cindi fo kan cindi mo ga kayna.  




Exercise 3 Translate into English: adjectives
Zarma English
Iri fuwo meyo ga beri; fenetarey ga kayna.  



Ni daro kankam.  


Araŋ hansi bero ga bori no.  


A faro ga kayna.  


Fari kayna kan go ay se, ay g'a no ni se.  



Exercise 4 Translate into English;: relatives
Zarma English
Nga hinne no kan koy habu hunkuna.  


Nga no kan kaa cino ra.  


Ŋwaro no kan go tasa ra.  


Iri fuwo no kan a meyo ga hay.  


Haro kan i haŋ, hari hanno no.  


Waybora kan ni ce go fuwo ra.  



Exercise 5 Translate into English: miscellaneous
Zarma English
Mate ni izo go?  


A go baani samay.  


Mate ni go?  


Ay g'Irikoy sabu.  


Mate ni maa (= name)?  


Ay maa Hayssa no.  


I ga ne ay se Hayssa no.  


Mate i ga ne ni se?  


Mate no?  


Tali kulu si.  


Boro ga goy zaaro ra; a ga jirbi cino ra.  


Ni ya man boro no?  


Ay ya Ingilise no.  


Araŋ ya butikkoyan no.  



Exercise 6 Translate into Zarma: adjectives and indirect objects
English Zarma
My horse is good and his donkey is mean.  


The house is big and it has twelve windows and four (house) doors.  



Did you bring two cows and three mares?  


I bought (for) you a fine sheep yesterday.  


He will sell (to) me his three camels today.  


Madame made (for) me a fine shirt.  


Will you bring me a little shirt tomorrow?  


You will sell (to) me your cow, you understand?  


The child brought (to) me food.  


Will you give (to) me meat?  


I will buy millet and a chicken (question: how many chickens?) for you in the market tomorrow.  



He gave (to) me money.  


She gave (to) me her goat (to keep).  


Madame gave (to) me a rooster (not necessarily to keep).  



Exercise 7 Translate into Zarma: relatives and passives
English Zarma
It is tomorrow that he is going.  


It was you whom I saw yesterday.  


I was send to the lady.  


I was born in America (= Amerik laabu).  


She had her child in Niamey.  


The dog, which they saw, ate the small bird.  


The food, which the children brought, has it been eaten?  



Work was done which is good.  


You are being called.  



Exercise 8 Translate into Zarma: miscellaneous
English Zarma
You will leave the day after tomorrow.  


I saw a man yesterday who has a fine shirt.  


She brought a goat.  


The lady left yesterday afternoon.  


She is going to the market.  


We came home on horseback (horse on.) and dismounted.  


They arrived by truck and they got off.  


We greeted the village chief; we thanked him, too.  


They will sleep (lie down) in the house today.  


The woman went to the river; she will bring (to) us water.  


She is an American woman.  


They are drivers (= motokoyan).  




Last updated: 11 maart 2012