Lesson 28: I have a pencil with me

In the last lesson you learned how to say ‘I have,’ ‘you have’ etc. There is another way to say these kinds of sentences. If you mean ‘I have a ___ with me’ or ‘I am carrying a ____’ (as opposed to ‘I own a ___’ or ‘There is a ___ that belongs to me’), then you use the word for ‘with me,’ ‘with you,’ etc. instead of the word for ‘my,’ ‘your,’ etc. Instead of saying ‘there is my pencil’ you would say ‘there is pencil with me’.

Lesson 27: I have, you have, I don’t have, you don’t have

The way to say ‘I have,’ ‘you have,’ etc. in Marshallese is very different from English. There is no word for ‘have.’ Instead of saying ‘I have a pencil,’ you say ‘there is my pencil.’ Instead of saying ‘I don’t have a pencil’ you say ‘there is no my pencil.’

Lesson 25: I like, I don’t like

In the last lesson you learned the words for ‘with me,’ ‘with you,’ etc. These words can also mean ‘in my opinion,’ ‘in your opinion,’ etc. You can use this meaning with the words for ‘good’ (‘eṃṃan’) and ‘bad’ (‘nana’) to make sentences like ‘I like it,’ ‘I don’t like it’

Lesson 22: Possessives

In Marshallese there are words for ‘my,’ ‘your,’ ‘his,’ ‘her,’ etc. These are called ‘possessives.’ Marshallese makes no distinction between ‘my’ vs. ‘mine,’ ‘your’ vs. ‘yours’ etc. It has the same word for both.