Windermere/Sample sentences

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218 sample sentences for testing conlang syntax (Source: http://web.archive.org/web/20120427054736/http://fiziwig.com/conlang/syntax_tests.html)

1 – 25

1.

Fi nieth ploch.
DEF sun shine
The sun shines.

2.

Fi nieth chmi ploch.
DEF sun PROG shine
The sun is shining.

3.

Fi nieth chea ploch.
DEF sun PST shine
The sun shone.

4.

Fi nieth per ploch.
DEF sun FUT shine
The sun will shine.

5.

Fi nieth fa chmi ploch.
DEF sun PERF PROG shine
The sun has been shining.

6.

Fi nieth chmi ploch łăduy.
DEF sun PROG shine again
The sun is shining again.

7.

Fi nieth per ploch fnüd nang.
DEF sun FUT shine day tomorrow
The sun will shine tomorrow.

8.

Fi nieth ploch mi chpear.
DEF sun shine LOC bright
The sun shines brightly.

9.

Fi nieth (moang) chpear ploch.
DEF sun (REL) bright shine
The bright sun shines.

10.

Fi nieth chmi hăgep tsmä.
DEF sun PROG emerge now
The sun is rising now.

11.

Tsor fi hăngüs chea plătnal.
all DEF person.PL PST shout
All the people shouted.

12.

Tăchung fi hăngüs chea plătnal.
some DEF person.PL PST shout
Some of the people shouted.

13.

Mea fi hăngüs chea plătnal rath roac.
many DEF person.PL PST shout two occurrence
Many of the people shouted twice.

14.

Hăngüs (moang) făsü soad plătnal.
person.PL (REL) happy tend_to shout
Happy people often shout.

15.

Fi łărsar chea plașets.
DEF kitten PST jump
The kitten jumped up.

16.

Fi łărsar chea plașets łof ăbar.
DEF kitten PST jump on DEF table
The kitten jumped onto the table. [also "The kitten jumped on the table"]

17.

Fi łăsărsar rie chea seaf fanse.
DEF little_kitten 1SG PST walk hence
My little kitten walked away.

18.

Trămäy chmi łăpaw.
rain PROG fall
It's raining.

19.

Fi trămäy chmi psuy drel.
DEF rain PROG PST descend come
The rain came down.

20.

Fi łărsar chmi tmus mif trămäy.
DEF kitten PROG play in-DEF rain
The kitten is playing in the rain.

21.

Fi trămäy fa plasüet.
DEF rain PERF stop
The rain has stopped.

22.

Bloy fi trămäy per plasüet.
soon DEF rain FUT stop
Soon the rain will stop.

23.

Rie pduth nga fi trămäy per plasüet bloy.
1SG hope COMP DEF rain FUT stop soon
I hope the rain stops soon.

24.

Imtriem (moang) șüe chea ftoal ftsüen dunse.
PL-animal (REL) wild PST used_to live here
Once wild animals lived here.

25.

Pdeas pdeas ies chea rămnoat thifcor.
slow slow 3SG.F PST spin_TRANS gaze
Slowly she looked around. (The style here is pretty literary.)

26 – 50

Seaf fanse!
walk away
Go away!
Seaf bang!
walk 1PL.INC
Let's go!
Łen fteal seaf.
2SG.M should walk
You should go.
Rie pe poar seaf.
1SG FUT like_to go
I will be happy to go.
Ien pe drel bloy.
3SG.M FUT come soon
He will arrive soon.


The baby's ball has rolled away. The two boys are working together. This mist will probably clear away. Lovely flowers are growing everywhere. We should eat more slowly. You have come too soon. You must write more neatly. Directly opposite stands a wonderful palace. Henry's dog is lost.

Łar rie cdos.
My cat is black.

The little girl's doll is broken. I usually sleep soundly.

Fi imchäth chea hoth łăbie Tsäc.
DEF PL-child PST run follow Jack
The children ran after Jack.
Rie tsămfe tmus łăbie ngith tar-siet.
1SG situationally_can play follow time school
I can play after school.

We went to the village for a visit.

Tsa chea tsăwi ey yoch.
1PL.EXC PST reach side river
We arrived at the river.


I have been waiting for you. The campers sat around the fire. A little girl with a kitten sat near me. The child waited at the door for her father.

51 – 75

Yesterday the oldest girl in the village lost her kitten. Were you born in this village? Can your brother dance well? Did the man leave? Is your sister coming for you? Can you come tomorrow? Have the neighbors gone away for the winter? Does the robin sing in the rain? Are you going with us to the concert? Have you ever travelled in the jungle? We sailed down the river for several miles. Everybody knows about hunting. On a Sunny morning after the solstice we started for the mountains. Tom laughed at the monkey's tricks. An old man with a walking stick stood beside the fence. The squirrel's nest was hidden by drooping boughs. The little seeds waited patiently under the snow for the warm spring sun. Many little girls with wreaths of flowers on their heads danced around the bonfire. The cover of the basket fell to the floor. The first boy in the line stopped at the entrance. On the top of the hill in a little hut lived a wise old woman. During our residence in the country we often walked in the pastures. When will your guests from the city arrive? Near the mouth of the river, its course turns sharply towards the East. Between the two lofty mountains lay a fertile valley.

76 – 100

Among the wheat grew tall red poppies. The strong roots of the oak trees were torn from the ground. The sun looked down through the branches upon the children at play. The west wind blew across my face like a friendly caress. The spool of thread rolled across the floor. A box of growing plants stood in the Window. I am very happy. These oranges are juicy. Sea water is salty. The streets are full of people. Sugar tastes sweet. The fire feels hot. The little girl seemed lonely. The little boy's father had once been a sailor. I have lost my blanket. A robin has built his nest in the apple tree. At noon we ate our lunch by the roadside. Mr. Jones made a knife for his little boy. Their voices sound very happy. Is today Monday? Have all the leaves fallen from the tree? Will you be ready on time? Will you send this message for me? Are you waiting for me? Is this the first kitten of the litter?

101 – 125

Are these shoes too big for you? How wide is the River? Listen. Sit here by me. Keep this secret until tomorrow. Come with us. Bring your friends with you. Be careful. Have some tea. Pip and his dog were great friends. John and Elizabeth are brother and sister. You and I will go together. They opened all the doors and windows. He is small, but strong. Is this tree an oak or a maple? Does the sky look blue or gray? Come with your father or mother. I am tired, but very happy. He played a tune on his wonderful flute. Toward the end of August the days grow much shorter. A company of soldiers marched over the hill and across the meadow. The first part of the story is very interesting. The crow dropped some pebbles into the pitcher and raised the water to the brim. The baby clapped her hands and laughed in glee. Stop your game and be quiet.

126 - 150

The sound of the drums grew louder and louder. Do you like summer or winter better? That boy will have a wonderful trip. They popped corn, and then sat around the fire and ate it. They won the first two games, but lost the last one. Take this note, carry it to your mother; and wait for an answer. I awoke early, dressed hastily, and went down to breakfast. Aha! I have caught you! This string is too short! Oh, dear! the wind has blown my hat away! Alas! that news is sad indeed! Whew! that cold wind freezes my nose! Are you warm enough now? They heard the warning too late. We are a brave people, and love our country. All the children came except Mary. Jack seized a handful of pebbles and threw them into the lake. This cottage stood on a low hill, at some distance from the village. On a fine summer evening, the two old people were sitting outside the door of their cottage. Our bird's name is Jacko. The river knows the way to the sea. The boat sails away, like a bird on the wing. They looked cautiously about, but saw nothing. The little house had three rooms, a sitting room, a bedroom, and a tiny kitchen. We visited my uncle's village, the largest village in the world.

151 - 175

We learn something new each day. The market begins five minutes earlier this week. Did you find the distance too great? Hurry, children. Madam, I will obey your command. Here under this tree they gave their guests a splendid feast. In winter I get up at night, and dress by yellow candlelight. Tell the last part of that story again. Be quick or you will be too late. Will you go with us or wait here? She was always, shabby, often ragged, and on cold days very uncomfortable. Think first and then act. I stood, a little mite of a girl, upon a chair by the window, and watched the falling snowflakes. Show the guests these shells, my son, and tell them their strange history. Be satisfied with nothing but your best. We consider them our faithful friends. We will make this place our home. The squirrels make their nests warm and snug with soft moss and leaves. The little girl made the doll's dress herself. I hurt myself. She was talking to herself. He proved himself trustworthy. We could see ourselves in the water. Do it yourself. I feel ashamed of myself.

176 - 200

Sit here by yourself. The dress of the little princess was embroidered with roses, the national flower of the Country. They wore red caps, the symbol of liberty. With him as our protector, we fear no danger. All her finery, lace, ribbons, and feathers, was packed away in a trunk. Light he thought her, like a feather. Every spring and fall our cousins pay us a long visit. In our climate the grass remains green all winter. The boy who brought the book has gone. These are the flowers that you ordered. I have lost the book that you gave me. The fisherman who owned the boat now demanded payment. Come when you are called. I shall stay at home if it rains. When he saw me, he stopped. Do not laugh at me because I seem so absent minded. I shall lend you the books that you need. Come early next Monday if you can. If you come early, wait in the hall. I had a younger brother whose name was Antonio. Gnomes are little men who live under the ground. He is loved by everybody, because he has a gentle disposition. Hold the horse while I run and get my cap. I have found the ring I lost. Play and I will sing.

201 - 218

That is the funniest story I ever heard. She is taller than her brother. They are no wiser than we. Light travels faster than sound. We have more time than they. She has more friends than enemies. He was very poor, and with his wife and five children lived in a little low cabin of logs and stones. When the wind blew, the traveler wrapped his mantle more closely around him. I am sure that we can go. We went back to the place where we saw the roses. "This tree is fifty feet high," said the gardener. I think that this train leaves five minutes earlier today. My opinion is that the governor will grant him a pardon. Why he has left the city is a mystery. The house stands where three roads meet. He has far more money than brains. Evidently that gate is never opened, for the long grass and the great hemlocks grow close against it. I met a little cottage girl; she was eight years old, she said.