Nama love poem

Sa isîba mûsen ù-das !ná;

Ge ti ixa gare tsanasa;

Ae xawe !naîbe gô a gȃ;

Nes ge ti Iûi-ni mîs "nam si ta ge ȃ"

Translated into khoekhoe by Ferdrika Nanus

Audio Salina Naobes & Qwendoline Conzetha Khamuses
Sa isîba mûsen ù-das !ná;  Ge ti ixa gare tsanasa;  Ae xawe !naîbe gô a gȃ;  Nes ge ti Iûi-ni mîs nam si ta ge ȃTurn
Original version
The mirror

A click language

Translation of my little poem into khoekhoegowab (khoekhoe, hottentot, nama, khoïkhoi, damara). This click language is one of the national languages ​​of Namibia. It is a Khoi language of the Khoisan languages group. The clicking of click languages like this is considered as the oldest way of oral communication for humanity. My little poem was well worth a click, and I thank the two Namibians girls who lent themselves to the audio game. Click sounds are a characteristic of the khoisan languages. If clicks are used in many languages as interjections or indicators of disapproval, in the khoikhoi language, there use is for ordinary sounds, equivalent in function to other consonants as constituent of words. The click is an ingressive occlusive consonant and whose emission is characterized by a double occlusion in the vocal tract. The first occlusion is formed either by the lips (labial) or by the contact established between the tongue and the teeth or the palate; The second occlusion is realized by the elevation of the tongue towards the palate veil. The articulatory relaxation which succeeds the rarefaction of the air occurring between the two occlusions, generates a characteristic clicking noise. in the khoisan languages, there are also the bilabial click, which is a kissing sound. The nama is the only language of the khoisan group to have a written expression. There are about 200,000 speakers of Hottentot, more than twice that of any of the other Khoisan languages.

The Namas

The Hottentots or Khoi-Khois are an ethnic group of South Africa and South West, repressed or exterminated by the Bantu in the 18th. They are nomadic and live from breeding (beef, sheep, goat), hunting and picking. Organized in exogamous clans with patrilocal residence, they are governed by a council of clan authorities. The water so precious in their region plays an important part in the rites which chant the cults rendered to the creative god and to that of evil. Namibia owes its name to the desert that borders its littoral fringe. Namibia has a dozen ethnic groups and a white minority of Germanic origin. The Damaras represent only 7.5% of its population.
Other click languages
Xhosa - Zulu
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