Basic words and phrases
Pandunia is a constructed language that is designed to be relatively easy for everyone. You can learn it fast with this practical course.
English speakers will find it easy to make basic sentences in Pandunia as the word order is generally the same as in English, there are no definite or indefinite articles, no verb "to be", and no complicated rules about changing the form of words to express singular and plural or the tense of verbs.
The course consists of short lessons. Each lesson introduces one new word, which is used in several different phrases in the lesson. This is to teach you how the word works as part of sentences. Possibly you will encounter also other new words in the same lesson but don't worry about them! You don't have to learn all of them at once. Just memorize the phrases that are useful for you! Maybe the rest will go to your memory subconciously.
You can study this course together with one or several friends. Read the phrases together and try to make small conversations. You can also study alone. Even then it's useful to read out loud and create conversations. Repeat the same phrases several times today, tomorrow, the day after tomorrow and so on. As they say, repetition is the mother of learning.
Note! Many lessons include also tips and notes like this. They are there to clarify grammatical details for those who are interested. You can skip over them if they are not helpful. You don't have to know the theory of the language. You can just speak Pandunia!
Part 1: Greeting and basics
salam greet, greeting
salam sube! Good morning!
salam den! Good day!
salam sham! Good evening!
salam noche! Good night!
salam yam! Bon appetit!
salam lay! Welcome!
salam chute! Goodbye!
salam safar! Have a safe journey!
salam son! Sleep well!
As you can see from the range of expressions, salam is a general word for well-wishing. Use it any time!
Salam is a popular greeting that is used by both religious and non-religious people in many different countries around the world.
Etymology. salam is from Arabic: سَلَام "salām", Hebrew: שָׁלוֹם "šalom", Turkish: selam, Hindi: सलाम "salām", Swahili: salaam, Indonesian: selamat.
multo danke! Thanks a lot!
si, danke. Yes, thank you.
no, danke. No, thank you.
danka te. Thank you.
me danka te. I thank you.
me danka te helpa me. I thank you for helping me.
danka te helpa me. Thanks for helping me.
te kechi. You're welcome. (Literally: You're polite.)
me I, me
me Sara. I'm Sarah.
me Tomas. I'm Thomas.
You can introduce yourself simply by saying me and your name. You don't need a verb for saying it in Pandunia!
me salama mame. I greet mother.
me salama pape. I greet father.
The word salam is a noun and salama is the corresponding verb. The basic word order in Pandunia is subject-verb-object.
Sara salama Tomas. Sarah greets Thomas.
salam mame! Greetings, mother!
salam pape! Greetings, father!
Etymology. me is from English: me, Hindi: मैं (meṇ), Spanish: me.
te Tomas. You are Thomas.
me salama te. I greet you.
te salama me. You greet me.
Pronouns don't ever change their form in Pandunia. That's why me is the same in subject and object positions while English has two different forms, 'I' and 'me'.
me ama te. I love you.
Etymology. te is from Hungarian: te, Russian: ты (ty), Italian: te, French: te.
le he, she or it
le man. He is a man.
le fem. She is a woman.
le apel. It is an apple.
le is the general third person pronoun. It is used for people (irrespective of gender) as well as for things.
me salama le. I greet him/her.
Etymology. le is from French: il/le, Spanish: él/le.
wena to ask a question
wena te Tomas? Are you Thomas?
wena te mediker? Are you a doctor?
Tip: Yes/no questions frequently begin with wena. It is just a regular verb, not a special question tag. In fact, the previous question is simply abbreviated from me wena te mediker. (I ask, you doctor?) by dropping out the first word.
wena te boni?
How are you? (Literally: Are you good?)
me boni. I'm good.
wena te? And you?
me no boni. I'm not good.
Etymology. wena is from French: est-ce que /ɛskə/, Haitian Creole: èske, English: ask.
wena te Tomas? Are you Thomas.
si, me Tomas. Yes, I am Thomas.
wena le mediker? Is he/she a doctor?
si, le mediker. Yes, he is a doctor.
The word si can be used also for stating something as a fact. Then it is used in place of "to be".
me si Tomas. I am Thomas.
te si Sara. You are Sarah.
apel si pale. The apple is a fruit.
Etymology. si is from Spanish: sí, Portuguese: sim, Mandarin: 是 "shì", Shanghaiese: 是 "sí".
no no, not
me no Sara. I'm not Sarah.
me no mediker. I'm not a doctor.
wena te boni?
Are you well?
si. me boni. Yes, I'm well.
wena te boni?
Are you well?
no. me no boni. No, I'm not well.
You can use no to deny anything. It is placed before the word that is denied.
le no salama me. He/she doesn't greet me.
Etymology. no is from Spanish: no, English no, French: non.
Plural pronouns are created like this:
me (I) → mome (we)
te (you) → tote (you all)
le (he, she, it) → lole (they)
mome salama tote. We greet you all.
tote salama lole. You greet them.
lole salama mome! They greet us.
mome fem. We are women.
tote man. You are men.
lole apel. They are apples.
ke? what? who?
Who are you?
me Tomas. I'm Thomas.
Who is he/she?
le Sara. She is Sarah.
tote ke? Who are you people?
lole ke? Who are they?
Etymology. ke is from Spanish: qué, Portuguese: que, Italian: che, Bengali: কী "ki".
ye e ve this and that
ye ke? / ke ye? What's this?
ye apel. This is an apple.
ve ke? / ke ve? What is that?
ve oranje. That is an orange.
ye kirmi apel. This is a red apple.
yi apel kirmi. This apple is red.
Note: When an adjective, like kirmi, is placed before a noun, it works as a modifier. When it follows the noun, it works as an adjectival verb.
ye kirmi. This is red.
Note: The demonstrative pronouns have two forms. Forms ye and ve are used when they stand alone. Forms yi and vi are used when they modify another noun.
lole sa ke? Where are they?
lole sa ve. They are there.
mome sa ye. We are here.
du 's (possessive particle)
ye ke? What's this?
ye me du telfone. It's my telephone.
ye ke du? Whose is this?
ye mi. It's mine.
Note: Possessive particle du is put between the owner and the owned thing. So me du means "my", te du means "your" and so on.
le ke? Who's he/she?
le si mi doste. He/she is my friend.
me si Sara du doste. I am Sarah's friend.
Etymology. du Mandarin: 的 (de).
ti name ke? What's your name?
mi name Tomas. My name is Thomas.
li name ke? What is his/her name?
li name Sara. Her name is Sarah.
Etymology. name is from Hindi: नाम "nām", Farsi: نام "nām", Thai: นาม "naam", Indonesian: nama, Japanese: 名前 "namae", German: Name, English: name.
me tena boni dom. I have a good house.
le no tena pese. He/she doesn't have money.
me volu tena novi telfone. I want to have a new phone.
wena te tena bache?
Do you have children?
me tena duli bache. I have two children.
jana to know
me jana le. I know him/her.
wena te jana wi ren? Do you know that person?
wena tote jana unale? Do you know each other?
mome jana unale ca longi. We know each other for long.
me nida helpe. I need help.
wena te abla helpa me? Can you help me?
wena me abla helpa te? Can I help you?
me volu helpa te. I want to help you.
Part 2: Eating
yama consume, eat, drink
wena te volu yama koy? Would you like to eat something?
le yama apel. He/she eats an apple.
lole yama apel. They eat apples.
Note: Unlike English, Pandunia doesn't have separate singular and plural forms. Therefore a word like apel can refer to one or more apples.
wena te yama kafe? Do you drink coffee?
me yama kafe. I drink coffee.
Tip: Meaning of yama covers both eating and drinking. It can feel odd at first but soon you will see that it is quite handy! Usually the object of the verb tells is it about eating, drinking or both.
me yama kafe e pang. I'm having coffee and bread.
wena te volu yama? Would you like to eat?
te volu yama ke? What would you like to eat?
Tip: While English puts the "what" at the beginning of a question, in Pandunia the word order is not affected by the ke.
me volu yama kafe. I want to drink coffee.
wena te volu yama chay?
Would you like to drink tea?
no. me no volu chay. me volu kafe. No, I don't want tea. I want coffee.
te volu ki apel?
Which apple do you want?
yi kirmi. This red one.
pliza request, please
me pliza te yama chay. I ask you to drink tea.
me pliza te laya dom. I ask you to come home.
me pliza te helpa me. I ask you to help me.
Tip: To make direct requests, drop all the pronouns.
pliza yama chay. Please, have some tea!
pliza yama kafe. Please, have some coffee!
pliza laya dom. Please, come home!
pliza helpa me. Please, help me.
haida yama! Let's eat!
haida gowa yama! Let's go eat!
haida gowa dom. Let's go home.
me nida helpe. I need help.
me nida yama. I'm hungry.
wena te nida yama? Are you hungry?
wena te nida suy? Are you thirsty?
Part 3. Communication
pardon sorry, pardon
pardon! me no aha. Sorry, I don't understand.
pardon! ye ke? Excuse me, what's this?
pardon. ti name ke? Excuse me, what's your name?
wena te aha me? Do you understand me?
me aha. I understand.
pardon. me no aha te. Sorry. I don't understand you.
me no baso aha te. I didn't quite understand you.
me aha nole. I don't understand at all.
me abla shofa gare. I can drive a car.
le no abla shofa gare. He/she doesn't know how to drive a car.
wena te abla shula le? Do you know how to fix it?
wena te abla pandunia? Can you speak Pandunia?
me abla pandunia. I can speak Pandunia.
me abla lilo pandunia. I can speak a little Pandunia.
me no abla engli. I can't speak English.
pardon. me no abla ti bashe. Sorry, I can't speak your language.
loga to say, speak, talk
te loga ke? What did you say?
me loga pa te. I talk to you.
mome loga pa unale. We talk to each other.
ze loga "cat" sa ki yange sa pandunia? How do you say "cat" in Pandunia?
"cat" logu ko sa pandunia? How is "cat" said in Pandunia?
maw loga miaw. Cat says meow.
auda to listen, hear
auda me! Listen to me!
me no abla auda te. I can't hear you.
pliza loga forto. Please speak louder.
me auda musike. I listen to music.
te auda ki yange du musike? What kind of music do you listen to?
vida to see
suku vida te. Pleased to see you!
vida te reo! See you again!
vida te badodeno! See you tomorrow!
me vida le chendeno. I saw him/her yesterday.
mena to mean
yi loge mena ke? What does this word mean?
"maw" mena ke? What does "maw" mean?
le mena yange da hevane. It means a kind of animal.
me no aha le mena ke. I don't understand what it means.
pliza kitaba ti adres. Please, write your address.
pliza kitaba le sa ye. Please, write it here!
basha speak a language, communicate
wena tote abla basha pandunia. Can you speak Pandunia?
mome abla basha pandunia. We can speak Pandunia.
wena te abla basha Engli? Can you speak English?
Franci, Espani, Portugali, Rusi French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian
Chini, Niponi, Indonesi Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian
Arabi, Turki, Farsi, Urdu, Hindi Arabic, Turkish, Farsi, Urdu, Hindi
Swahili, Hausa, Yoruba, Amari Swahili, Hausa, Yoruba, Amharic
Part 4. Going around
gowa to go
te gowa ke? Where are you going?
me gowa dom. I'm going home.
me musu gowa ke? Where should I go?
me musu gowa pa ki ren? To whom should I go?
haida gowa! Let's go!
haida gowa sa fute Let's go by foot!
laya to come
pliza laya! Come here!
te laya ca ke? Where do you come from?
me laya ca Dubai. I come from Dubai.
me laya dom badodeno. I will come home tomorrow.
safara to travel
wena te safara sa tren? Do you travel by train?
mome safara ca London pa Paris. We travel from London to Paris.
safar multo longi. The voyage is very long.
sa in, on, at
hotel sa ke? Where is the hotel?
hotel sa vi dav. The hotel is on that road.
te sa ke? Where are you?
me sa dom. I'm at home.
le sa ke? Where is he/she?
le sida sa kamar. He/she sits in the room.
Tip! You can use sa as a preposition or alone as the verb.
me kara sa... I work at ...
doma to live, reside
te doma ke? Where do you live?
me doma Singapur. I live in Singapore.
wena te doma yi hotel? Do you live in this hotel?
Tip: It is also okay to say te doma sa ke? instead of te doma ke. However doma already covers the meaning of being at somewhere, so sa is not necessary.
denga to wait
pliza denga! Please wait!
denga me! Wait for me!
lole denga mome. They wait for us.
me denga te sa hotel. I wait for you in the hotel.
Part 5. Time expressions
me zayo salama ti doste.
I am greeting your friend.
man zayo vida fem.
The man is looking at the woman.
le zayo shefe.
He or she is currently the chief.
le zayo sa dom.
He or she is currently at home.
paso in the past
me paso salama te du doste.
I greeted your friend.
man paso vida fem.
The man looked at the woman.
le paso shefe.
He or she was the chief.
le paso sa dom.
He or she was at home.
levo already, completed
me levo salama ti doste.
I have greeted your friend.
man levo vida fem.
The man has looked at the woman.
le levo shefe.
He or she has been the chief.
le levo sa dom.
He or she has been at home.
vilo (future action)
me vilo salama ti doste.
I will greet your friend.
man vilo vida fem.
The man will see the woman.
le vilo shefe.
He or she will be the chief.
le vilo sa dom.
He or she will be at home.
Part 6. Doing business
pliza dona pese. Please give some money.
pliza dona le pa me. Please give it to me.
me dona ye pa te. I give this to you.
me dona buke pa lole. I give a book to them.
le no volu dona le pa me. He/she doesn't want to give it to me.
kapa take, get
me kapa un kafe. I will take a coffee.
pliza kapa un kafe pa me. Please take one coffee for me.
te levo kapa pese ca me. You already got money from me.
me kapa un bire. I will take a beer.
kire rent, lease, hire
kire si 500 dolar sa mes.
The rent is 500 dollars in a month.
le no abla peya kire.
He/she can't pay the rent.
me volu kapa un gare sa kire.
I want to take a car for rent.
me volu kirokapa un gare. I want to rent a car.
le kirodona kamar pa safarer. He/she rents rooms to travelers.