.cuVre zanqDUqZec/ .khe 1/
In this page I merely want you to look at, listen to, and repeat the conversation and get used to the feel of Zanktooks, it isn't important what it means just yet, but for you to get used to how it looks and sounds. The rest of course will breese by, each step is an important foundation for the next step, the course is meant to painlessly teach you the language, it is presented to be easy and fun. Remember, Zaynktooks (zeynk-tooks) is the planet while Zanktooks (zahnk-tooks) is the language.
"roDanvo' .vamYe uvazYad/ "roDanvo aqleZ' [gy eerqac dylarDafu]
"Hello," said vamYHe.
"Hello, traveler. How are you? (litterally "are you happy?")
Notice how the first and third sentences (quotations) start and end, with " ', the second (statement) starts and ends with . /, and the fourth (interrogative quotation) use [ ]. Points where Zanktooks differs from English is that even though it's in the same quotation, the punctuation ends and starts with each sentence, and Zanktooks doesn't have an equivalent to a paragraph or indention. Also, for interrogative statements, i.e. questions without the quotations, just use > ? and for a pause, whether for effect or interruption use ,, it's similar to an elipsis but never used grammatically like a comma.
Next, let's learn the letters of the alphabet. They're written like cursive and, when romanized, certain letters become capitalized, just add a horizontal line, or macron over the letter in Zanktooks (called an overline). Ones with pronounciation not listed are generic.
|a||a||father ('aYH's [aY] are pronounced 'eye')|
|e||e||bet ('er's [er] are pronounced 'air')|
|L||L||From Aluric 'lh', position tongue for an l, but hiss instead.|
|m||m||m, but more properly without air penetrating the nose.|
|n||n||n, but more properly without air penetrating the nose.|
|o||o||boat ('oYH's [oY] are pronounce like toy)|
|q||q||car with tongue further back in mouth.|
|R||R||slightly trilled r|
|u||u||cut (foot at the end of the word)|
|UH||H||Zanktooks U in root with Aluric HH (rasping sound with back of tongue slightly raised) .|
|IH||i||Zanktooks y with Aluric HH|
|FI||f||F sound with Zanktooks y|
|EH||h||Zanktooks e with Aluric HH|
|ZH||k||pleasure, Aluric ZH, or French j|
Now that you know the Zanktooks alphabet (called IHbe, ibe) you'll be able to read and write the language easily. You are well on your way to annoying people with less time on their hands than you. Here are some exercises that will be helpful for remembering ibe.