Lesson 39: Which fish, what kind of fish, you and who else?

            There are even more ways to make questions in Marshallese. – To say ‘which ___’ or ‘what kind of ____’, use the following words after the noun: ta which? rot or rōt or tor what kind of? For example: Āne ta?   = island/which = Which island? Ek rōt?    = fish/what kind = What kind […]

Lesson 36: Comparatives in Marshallese

            In the last lesson you learned how to make sentences like ‘I fish often’ by saying ‘it is often my fish.’  You can also do the same sort of thing with adjectives, to say things like ‘It is very good,’ ‘it is pretty good,’ etc.  Here are some words you can use this way: […]

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.’