They say “write what you know”, and I only know how to be an introvert, so…
Back when I first started getting into conlangs, I tried to make a series in Esperanto called “Trezoro de la Drako”, though I only made three strips (because I’m pretty terrible at story writing).
I did enjoy doing it, though, so I might try to do the same but in Láadan and with perhaps small story arcs so that it is more manageable.
I’m also putting English subtitles as well, because otherwise it wouldn’t really be very accessible to anybody since there aren’t a ton of Láadaná. 😛
|The cat was hungry.||Bíide eril yide rul wo.|
|The cat went to the sea.||Eril sháad rul meladi.|
|The cat found a fish.||Eril redeb rul thilith.|
|The fish said in fear, “Don’t eat me!”||Eril di thili, “Bóoya yod ra ne leth!”|
|The cat agreed.||Eril zhedi rul.|
|The cat went to the park.||Eril sháad rul heshehothedi.|
|The cat found a bird.||Eril redeb rul babíth.|
|The bird said in fear, “Don’t eat me!”||Eril di babí, “Bóoya yod ra ne leth!”|
|The cat agreed.||Eril zhedi rul.|
|The cat went to the grocery store.||Eril sháad rul anawehedi.|
|The cat bought a cake from the store.||Eril eb rul thuzheth anawehede.|
|The cat ate the cake.||Eril yod rul thuzheth.|
|Bíide habelid hibomid shéeth wo.||The camel lives in the desert.|
|Habelid lemamid olineth.||The deer lives in the forest.|
|Habelid thili melath.||The fish lives in the sea.|
|Habelid shanemid hesheth.||The rabbit lives in the grass.|
|Habelid elashemid yáanineth.||The squirrel lives in the tree.|
|Thi habelid wohóohath.||The camel has a view.|
|Thi lemamid wohóohath.||The deer has a view.|
|Thi thili wohóohath.||The fish has a view.|
|Thi shanemid wohóohath.||The rabbit has a view.|
|Thi elashemid wohóohath.||The squirrel has a view.|
|Wozhelith ra ben.||They don’t think the same,|
|izh, thi ben ohenath.||but, they have respect for good reasons.|
|Shidi ben.||They are together.|
|Rashidi ben.||They are apart.|
|Bíidi wohoth wa.||In teaching I say: lives are important.|
|Bóo ohena ne abesheth.||I request that you respect all.|
While wandering around what there is of the Láadan community, past and present, I’ve found a couple instances of TERFs talking about how trans women aren’t REAL women, and this makes me mad. That’s why I wrote this short story.
I hope that our new Láadan community will be much more accepting and progressive than some of the old. In fact, the Láadanists I know personally are all pro-LGBTQIA+ and we would welcome anyone into the community that is also respectful of others. :]
I’ve created a Láadan app for Google Play called “Láadan Helper”. It contains:
- An offline dictionary (no web access needed)
- Bookshelf (stuff to read)
- Phrase book
- Word list
- Grammar Reference
- Link to Áyadan, the Láadan WikiBook, and LaadanLanguage.org
I will add lessons later as I expand the lessons section on the WikiBook. Many of these pages simply embed the WikiBook pages for now, since everything will probably change as it is being worked on. In the future, I can make this a totally online version, but with all the potential changes, I’d prefer to only update one location right now.
The dictionary is built into the phone, though. It is pretty simple and will be enhanced later on, but it is good for looking up specific words.
Download it on Google Play for free
|The child was alone.||Bíide eril sholan háawith wo.|
|The cat was alone and glad of it.||Eril elasholan rul.|
|The child went to the cat.||Eril sháad háawith ruledi.|
|The cat left the child.||Eril sháad rul háawithede.|
|The child followed the cat.||Eril doth háawith ruleth.|
|The child tried to touch the cat.||Eril dudama háawith ruleth.|
|The cat bit the child.||Eril dashobe rul háawitheth.|
|The child cried.||Eril wée háawith.|
|The cat slept.||Eril áana rul.|
I’ve built a new quick-search dictionary for the Láadan language, and it is available through the Láadan page of this site.
It displays all the entries from the LaadanLanguage.org Láadan-to-English dictionary, and then you can enter a search term to filter the list. Any entries where your term shows up will be visible.
You can access it here:
Or get the source code here:
I created five videos about Láadan last weekend – three lessons, a review, and an extra one on name translation/transliteration.
Please check them out! If you post up a video on YouTube to your own work in Láadan (vlog, song, practicing, short story, etc.) then I will link to it in a future lesson video!
Lesson 1: Basic Sentences
Lesson 2: Tenses, Yes/No Questions, and Pronouns
Lesson 3: Conjugations and Objects
Extra – Translating your name into Láadan
Review – Lessons 1 through 3
Know any interesting Láadan links? You should post it on the /r/Laadan subreddit!
- Monday – Henesháal – East Day
- Tuesday – Honesháal – West Day
- Wednesday – Hunesháal – North Day
- Thursday – Hanesháal – South Day
- Friday – Rayilesháal – Above Day
- Saturday – Yilesháal – Below Day
- Sunday – Hathamesháal – Center Day
Láadan’s ability to describe gender is difficult.
My quest for animation software continues. Linux-based software is sorely lacking in this regard. Sure, there’s software like Synfig, but it lacks features that even my 1999 Flash editor has. 😐