The Amazing Reducing Sentences

For advanced Sorani learners! See how much you can figure out about how to reduce sentences and sound like a native speaker

Based on what you know about how to attach the pronoun markers, see if you can identify which letters put where show whether or not Zin received letters from Mem and if Mem sent letters to Zin. The sentences illustrate how Sorani Kurdish can neatly drop out pronouns and connect little bits, until a native speaker can communicate quite a lot with very little to pronounce!

نامەکان

“Letters”

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1 زین نامه‌ی زۆری له‌ مه‌م وه‌رده‌گرت .

‎'Zin received many letters from Mem'‏ ‏‏

2 ئه‌و نامه‌ی زۆری له‌ مه‌م وه‌رده‌گرت .

‎'She received many letters from Mem‎'‏ ‏‏

قسه‌ی زین

Zin's Speech‎‏ ‏‏

3 من نامه‌ی زۆرم له‌ مه‌م وه‌رده‌گرت .

‎'I received many letters from Mem.‎'

4 من نامه‌ی زۆرم له‌ مه‌م وه‌رنه‌ده‌گرت .

‎'I did not receive many letters from Mem.'‎‏ ‏‏

5 زۆرم له‌ مه‌م وه‌رنه‌ده‌گرت .

I did not receive many from Mem.'‎' ‏‏

6 زۆرم لێ وه‌رنه‌ده‌گرت .

I did not receive many.'‎' ‏‏

7 من لێم وه‌رنه‌ده‌گرتن .

I did not receive.'‎'‏‏

8 من وه‌رمنه‌ده‌گرتن .

I did not receive.'' ‏‏

قسه‌ی مه‌م

Mem's Speech‎‏ ‏‏

9 من نه‌مده‌ناردن .

I did not send.'‎' ‏‏

10 من ده‌مناردن .

I sent.'' ‏‏

11 من ناردنم .

‎'I sent.'‏ ‏‏

12 ناردنم !

‎'I sent!'‏ ‏‏