eana: hello

Posted on October 27, 2010 by


Eana pan pae!
/eˈa.na pan paˈe/
hello P 2SG;NEW
Hello! (said to someone who’s just joined the conversation)
Audio recording by Fenhl

Eana is an interjection meaning hello. In Naeso, the interjections are a subgroup of the verbs. That is, they can be a full sentence, or combined with noun phrases such as pan pae. In this case, eana is treated like (and can also mean) to greet, with the speaker as the default agent.

There is also a shorter version of eana: nha. It can be translated directly as hi.

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