Lojban and Chinese, A Word A Day

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nanca = year =  年nian2

nanca ≔ x1 is x2 years in duration (default is 1 year) by standard x3; (adjective:) x1 is annual
mi nanca li cixa = i'm thirty-six years-old = 我三十六岁

“li” is added in front of numbers. ci=3. xa=6

三san1=3. 六liu4=6. 岁sui4=years-old.

do nanca ma = how old are you? = 你几岁?

几ji3=how many

how to say: how old is your daughter? = 你女儿几岁?

jbena = born =  生sheng1

jbena ≔ x1 is born to x2 at time x3 [birthday] and place x4 [birthplace]; x1 is native to (fo) x4
le va verba cu jbena li pasosobi = that baby is born on year nineteen ninety-eight. = 那孩子是一九九八年生的

verba=child = 孩子.

年nian2=year. pa=1 = 一yi1. so=9 = 九jiu3. bi=8 = 八ba1.

cifnu = infant, baby =  婴ying1,婴兒er2

cifnu ≔ x1 is an infant/baby [helpless through youth/incomplete development] of species x2
le va cifnu cu sipna = that baby is sleeping = 那婴兒在睢

va = there at = 那. 婴 = baby, 兒 = son, child

兒 = 儿

le cifnu cu pinxe lo ladru lo tatru be lo mamta be cy. = the babe is suckling from her mom = 那婴兒在吃他妈的奶

pinxe = drink = 喝. tatru = milk = 奶. tatru = breast = 奶. mamta = mother = 妈.

jumbe = table/desk = 桌zhuo1

jubme ≔ x1 is a table/flat solid upper surface of material x2, supported by legs/base/pedestal x3
where is my pen? = 我的笔呢?
on his desk = 在他桌上

galtu = high (of height) = 高gao1

galtu ≔ x1 is high/up/upward in frame of reference x2 as compared with baseline/standard height x3
do zmadu ko'a lo ka ce'u galtu = you are taller than him = 你比他高
2005-06