Learn Mini in 20 minutes

Say it like you mean it

A — ah — father
E — eh — met
I — ee — eat
O — oh - moment
U — oo — moo
animale = ah-nee-MAH-leh, not ah-nee-mah-LEH
veji = VEH-jee, not veh-JEE

Some vocab

Mini    Englishave     have
go go
kan can
make make
man human / person
mi me
rason reason

The big idea

[subject] i [verb] a [object]Mi i manja.              
I eat.
Bob i manja a veji.
Bob eats veggies.
Man i bibe a vasa.
A person drinks water.
Bob i make a manja.
Bob makes food.
Mi i vasa a veji.
I water the plants.

That depends on what the meaning of “is” is

[subject] a [noun]Bob a man.
Bob is a person.
Veji a manja.
Vegetables are food.
[subject] e [adjective]Kosa e bon.
The thing is good.
Bob e vasa.
Bob is wet.
Manja e Bob.
The food is Bob's.
Word   Functioni      introduces the verb
a introduces direct object & noun complement
e introduces adjective complement

All your ducks in a row

mega loke                 big placeno mui kolo               not much colordika feo bebe             fat ugly baby
Bob i manja rapi.         Bob eats fast.Bob i no manja mui rapi.  Bob does not eat very fast.

Hi, my pronouns are si/si

mi   first person     I, me
tu second person you
si third person he, she, it, him, her
mi-ale      we (me-all)
si-ale they
tu kaja        your box
si note his/her/its note
mi-ale name our name

Prep school

de      from, of, about, by, out of, made of
en in, at, on
go to, for, towards
kon with
sama like, as, than, same

Bob e kon Alisa. Bob is with Alice.
Bob e de Amerika. Bob is from America.
Alisa i viva en London. Alice lives in London.
Da e go tu. That’s for you.
Mi i toma go tu a kosa. I take the thing to you.
Mi e sama tu. I am like you.
Alisa i go a retorante.         Alice goes to the restaurant.Alisa i kon a Bobi.             Alice includes Bob.
Mi i kipa en.                
I stay in.

Conjunction junction, what’s your function?

an    and
pero but
u or, either
Alisa an Bobi i pale mui.
Alice and Bob talk a lot.
Tu i vole a kafe u tea?
Do you want coffee or tea?
Mi i kamina en foreta, pero si i kipa en.
I walk in the forest, but he stays inside.
Mi i vole go an.               I want to go too.
Si a pero kinde. He is but a child.
Tu i no kan go a u jalan. You can’t go either way.

Yes or no

Si i vole resi?         Does he want to sleep?
Si i vole go, u ke? Does he want to go or what?
No, si i no vole go. No, he does not want to go.

You what?

Tu i ke?                        You what?
Tu a ke (man)? Who are you?
Tu e ke? How are you?
Tu i go en ke tempo? When (at what time) do you go?
Tu i kipa go ke rason? Why (for what reason) do you stay?
Tu i manja a ke mui? How much do you eat?
Tu i vole uti a ke kosa? Which thing do you want to use?

I’ll have what she’s having

Mi i senti ke si i make.
I feel that it works.
Mi i ave a ke si i ave.
I have what she has.
Tu i vole manja afa ke tu i aroma a pan.
You want to eat after (that) you smell the bread.

Just do it!

I go!                      Go!
I manja a tu veji! Eat your veggies!
I no pale! Don’t talk!

Count von Count

1   uno
2 duo
3 san
4 fo
5 penta
6 sita
7 seven
8 ba
9 nin
10 ten
Man i ave a uno nase, duo oko, an penta diji en kada mano.
A person has one nose, two eyes, and five fingers on each hand.

Greetings, Earthling

Tu name a ke?
What's your name?
Salu, mi name a Bob.
Hello, my name is Bob.
Tu e ke?
How are you?
Ke i pasa?
What's up?
Bon maten!
Good morning!
Sori, toilete e en ke?
Sorry, where is the toilet?
I favo pale lenta.
Please talk slowly.
De nulo. / Sama-sama.
You're welcome.




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