This is designed to give you a feel for the Almaarian language. Eventually I hope to put up some audio so you understand what it’s supposed to sound like, but for the most part, the accents lengthen vowels, the ‘ø’ has the sound of the German vowel “ö” in ‘stören’ and finally, the ð is a soft th sound while the þ is a hard one.
Note: these lyrics are taken from a song by Drowning Pool from the album Desensitised.
Lamúr ai Bvurg
Forspriþ sem blívu vir
Der fenslitons kerþen lusyrt.
Huínz sem kjoilve ir holmsen.
Huínz sem hild ir nír raið lóar
Eiver ir mún hvas spreigair
Am sem hjør ir súnon remparen sem hæler?
“Alhir glir hár
Alhir í lamúr ai bvurg glir hár”
Ai bliva eng hjartons feroþon ðyrn
Ir am naþtjørus ðeim huíðair lesa…
Nír hild ir lóar, svúr ir! Hár bvurg.
Love and war
Promise that you will always
Keep the lit candle on the windowsill
You know that I’ll be coming home
You know I never wanted to go away
But what must I say
When I hear the sound of the trumpets call?
All is fair
All is fair in love and war
And I keep your picture close to my heart
The letters all fall apart
Each night I read them again
I never wanted to go away, I swear! It’s war.
Forspriþ = verb, imperative of “forspriþav” – to promise
Sem = conjunction – that
Blívu = verb, second person singular future tense of “blívair” – to remain
Vir = adverb – always
Der = preposition – onto, on top of, at, on
Fenslitons = noun, neuter, genitive definitive singular of “fenslit” – windowsill
Kerþen = noun, masculine, accusative definitive singular of “kerþur” – candle
Lusyrt = adverb, past tense, masculine assimilation of “lús” – light, lit (the lit candle)
Huínz = verb, second person singular present tense of “huínírn” – to know
Kjoilve = verb, first person singular future tense of “kjolvair” – to come
Ir = pronoun, first person, nominative singular – I
Holmsen = noun, masculine, dative definitive singular of “holmur” – home
Hild = verb, first person singular past tense of “huilírn” – to want
Nír = adverb – never
Raið = noun – way; adverb – away.
Lóar = verb infinitive – to go
Eiver = conjunction – but
Mún = verb, first person singular present tense of “múnírn” – must, to have to, to need to.
Hvas = interrogative pronoun – what
Spreigair = verb infinitive – to speak, to say
Am sem = conjunction – when
Hjør = verb, first person singular present tense of “hjørírn” – to hear
Súnon = noun, neuter, accusative singular definitive of “sún” – sound
Remparen = noun, masculine, genitive plural definitive of “rompur” – trumpet
Hæler = verb, third person plural present tense of “hælírn” – to call, to hail
Hvair = interrogative pronoun – who
Spreigan = verb, third person singular present tense of “spreigair” – to speak, to say
Alhir = nominative pronoun – all
Glir = adjective – fair
Hár = verb, third person singular present tense of “sebair” – to be
Í = preposition – in
Lamúr = noun, feminine, accusative singular = love
Ai = conjunction – and
Bvurg = noun, neuter, accusative singular = war
Blíva = verb, first person singular present tense of “blívair” – to keep, to remain
Eng = adjective +Dat – close
Hjartons = noun, neuter, dative singular definitive of “hjart” – heart
Feroþon = noun, neuter, accusative singular definitive of “feroþ” – picture
Ðyrn = possessive pronoun, neuter singular assimilation – your
Rifúiraga = noun + adjective infix: feminine, nominative plural definitive of “rifúr” – letter, message
The infix “-ag-” – all
Zerfelna = verb, third person singular present tense of “zerfelírn” = to fall apart, to fall to bits
Am = conjunction – at, to
Naþtjørus = noun with adjective infix: masculine, dative singular infinitive of “naþtur” – night
The infix “-jør” – each, every
Ðeim = pronoun, third person plural accusative – them
Huíðair = adverb – again
Lesa = verb, first person singular present tense of “lesav” – to read
Svúr = verb, first person singular present tense of “svúrírn” – to swear