Gaale is a language that is defined by extended vowels, slurred consonants, and a slow manner of speech. There are two main "accents" of Gaale: Classical Gaale, which is the type typically spoken between the Ashkathi themselves (which itself has many different accents of its own); and Galactic Gaale, which is a shorter, faster version spoken between Ashkathi and outsiders. This article will discuss Galactic Gaale, as Classical Gaale is very difficult for non-Ashkathi to pronounce.
- Beyond = Golaani (goh-LAH-nee)
- brother = guutia (GOO-tee-ah)
- child = lakoora (la-KOH-rah)
- city = gan (GAHN)
- duet = kalluu (kah-LOO) [literally "two-song"]
- folk = -kin (KEEN)
- follower = ethai (EH-thah-ee)
- forest = shuulua (SHOO-loo-ah)
- friend = balate (BAH-lah-teh)
- future = kaanu (KAH-noo)
- Galactic Nations = Gaala-Neshanu (GAH-lah-NEH-shah-noo) [a loanword]
- galaxy = gaalaki (GAH-lah-kee) [a loanword]
- High Council = Kanaatika (kah-NAH-tee-kah)
- human = uumani (OO-mah-nee) [a loanword]
- letter (spelling) = ahtaatu (ah-TAH-too)
- "man"/male Ashkathi = guta (GOO-tah)
- monster = den (DEHN)
- Minister = tal (TAHL)
- mountain = borellaa (boh-reh-LAH)
- navigator = taasa (TAH-sah)
- no = ume (OO-meh)
- outsider = Golaani-kin (goh-LAH-nee-keen) [literally "Beyond-folk"]
- planet = paanetu (PAH-neh-tu) [a loanword]
- shell = daatia (DAH-tee-ah)
- Siria = Siiria (SEE-ree-ah) [a loanword]
- sister = naatia (NAH-tee-ah)
- song = luu (LOO)
- Songstream = Luutale (LOO-tah-leh)
- spacecraft = Golaani-lusaala (goh-LAH-nee-loo-SAH-lah) [literally Beyond-swimmer]
- trade = tufaani (too-FAH-nee)
- trench = gaaka (GAH-kah)
- union = niirane (NEE-rah-neh)
- Verandi = Feraanti (feh-RAHN-tee) [a loanword]
- voice = gaale (GAH-leh)
- water = thaalake (THAH-lah-keh)
- "woman"/female Ashkathi = nata (NAH-tah)
- world = larine (LAH-ree-neh)
- yes = laat (LAHT)
Conjugation in Gaale follows defined rules, and makes the language more streamlined.
General conjugation rulesEdit
Verbs in Gaale end in -ah, with conjugation taking the following steps. In the case of the 3rd person singular endings, -uuti is masculine, and -uute is feminine. Before the 1st person plural ending, the previous vowel is doubled. For instance, in the verb "to be" (onekah), the 1st person singular form is oneeri. Using the 2nd person plural form is very uncommon in modern Galactic Gaale, and to use it is considered speaking in an old-fashioned manner.
Examples of conjugationEdit
Base: onekah (OH-neh-kah)
Base: tendah (TEHN-dah)
Gaale counts using a base-8 number system.
Numbers from 1-8Edit
- one = ii (EE)
- two = kal (KAHL)
- three = ken (KEHN)
- four = on (OHN)
- five = un (OON)
- six = el (EHL)
- seven = sat (SAHT)
- eight/"ten" = kuthe (KOO-theh)
Numbers 9 and onwardsEdit
- nine/"eleven" = ii-kuthe (EE-koo-theh)
- ten/"twelve" = ka-kuthe (KAH-koo-theh)
- eleven/"thirteen" = ken-kuthe (KEHN-koo-theh)
- twelve/"fourteen" = on-kuthe (OHN-koo-theh)
- thirteen/"fifteen" = un-kuthe (OON-koo-theh)
- fourteen/"sixteen" = el-kuthe (EHL-koo-theh)
- fifteen/"seventeen" = sa-kuthe (SAH-koo-theh)
- sixteen/"twenty" = kukithe (KOO-kee-theh)
- seventeen/"twenty-one" = ii-kukithe (EE-koo-kee-theh)
- twenty-four/"thirty" = kukenithe (KOO-keh-nee-theh)
- thirty-two/"forty" = kukonithe (KOO-koh-nee-theh)
- forty/"fifty" = kukunithe (KOO-koo-nee-theh)
- forty-eight/"sixty" = kukeltithe (KOO-kehl-tee-theh)
- fifty-six/"seventy" = kukatithe (KOO-kah-tee-theh)
- sixty-four/"one-hundred" = lentuu (lehn-TOO)
- one-hundred/"one-hundred-forty-four" = on-kukonithe-lentuu (OHN-koo-koh-nee-theh-lehn-TOO)
Oneki dentalah kusa-lo siina.
"I am happy to meet you."
Nulus tu Niirane-met-Askatai-lo nasi.
"I live in the Ashkathi Union."
Iike nulus tu Luutale-lo oneeri.
"We are all one within the Songstream." --Ashkathi farewell
Thosuufe tu dulipe-met-Kanaatikah-lo tuula-pe?
"Where are the High Council chambers?"
"Do you want to trade?"
Maros ue-lo daas tu take-met-tufaani-be kuun balape-be dentaluukii.
"Maros met me at the store with his friends."