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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Oromo Verbs

Ethiopian Argument | Wednesday, April 30, 2014
 Welcome to the 10th lesson about verbs in Oromo. We will first learn about the present tense, followed by the past tense, and future tense. We will also analyze some grammar rules, and finally practice how to ask for direction in Oromo.
Verbs are used to express an action (I swim) or a state of being (I am). The present tense in Oromo conveys a situation or event in the present time. Here are some examples:
Present TenseOromo
I speak Englishingiliffa nan dubbadha
you speak Frenchafaan faransaayi dubbata
he speaks Germanafaan jarmanii dubbata
she speaks Italianafaan xaliyaani dubbatti
we speak Arabicafaan arabaa dubbanna
they speak Chineseafaan chayina dubbatu

The past tense in Oromo conveys a situation or event in the past time. Here are some examples:


Past TenseOromo
I visited Francebiyya faransaayi ndaawwadhe
you visited Italybiyya xaaliyaani daawwatte
he visited Moroccobiyya morooko daawwate
she visited Chinabiyya chaayina daawwatte
we visited Mexicobiyya meeksiko daawwanne
they visited Kenyabiyya keeniyaa daawwatan

The future tense in Oromo conveys a situation or event which is anticipated to happen in the future. Here are some examples:
Future TenseOromo
I will drink milkbuna ndhuga
you will drink coffeebuna dhugda
he will drink teainni shaayi dhuga
she will drink waterbishaan dhugdi
we will drink apple juicechuunfaa apili dhugna
they will drink teajarri shaayi dhugu

Now let's take a break and refresh our vocabulary by learning the body parts.
ear
ear
gurra
eye
eye
ija
mouth
mouth
afaan
nose
nose
funyaan
hair
hair
dabbasaa
face
face
fuula
head
head
mataa
heart
heart
onnee
hand
hand
harka
fingers
fingers
quboota
leg
leg
luka
feet
feet
miilla

Travel Phrases in Oromo

Imagine yourself in some Oromo speaking country. The following travel phrases are highly important and can help you avoid misunderstanding. Try to memorize them and practice!
EnglishOromo
Can you help me?na gargaarta?
Can I help you?si gargaaru?
Where is the airport?dirreen xiyyaaraa eessa?
Go straightfuuluma dura ke deemi
Thenyeros
Turn leftgara bitaa gori
Turn rightgara mirgaa gori

Source: learn101

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