Lojban and Chinese, A Word A Day

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nanca ⇔ year ⇔  年nian2

nanca ≔ x1 is x2 years in duration (default is 1 year) by standard x3; (adjective:) x1 is annual
mi nanca li cixa ⇔ i'm thirty-six years-old ⇔ 我三十六岁

“li” is added in front of numbers. ci ⇔ 3. xa ⇔ 6

三san1 ⇔ 3. 六liu4 ⇔ 6. 岁sui4 ⇔ years-old.

do nanca ma ⇔ how old are you? ⇔ 你几岁?

几ji3 ⇔ how many

how to say: how old is your daughter? ⇔ 你女儿几岁?

jbena ⇔ born ⇔  生sheng1

jbena ≔ x1 is born to x2 at time x3 [birthday] and place x4 [birthplace]; x1 is native to (fo) x4
le va verba cu jbena li pasosobi ⇔ that baby is born on year nineteen ninety-eight. ⇔ 那孩子是一九九八年生的

verba ⇔ child ⇔ 孩子.

年nian2 ⇔ year. pa ⇔ 1 ⇔ 一yi1. so ⇔ 9 ⇔ 九jiu3. bi ⇔ 8 ⇔ 八ba1.

cifnu ⇔ infant, baby ⇔  婴ying1,婴兒er2

cifnu ≔ x1 is an infant/baby [helpless through youth/incomplete development] of species x2
le va cifnu cu sipna ⇔ that baby is sleeping ⇔ 那婴兒在睢

va ⇔ there at ⇔ 那. 婴 ⇔ baby, 兒 ⇔ son, child

兒 ⇔ 儿

le cifnu cu pinxe lo ladru lo tatru be lo mamta be cy. ⇔ the babe is suckling from her mom ⇔ 那婴兒在吃他妈的奶

pinxe ⇔ drink ⇔ 喝. tatru ⇔ milk ⇔ 奶. tatru ⇔ breast ⇔ 奶. mamta ⇔ mother ⇔ 妈.

jumbe ⇔ table/desk ⇔ 桌zhuo1

jubme ≔ x1 is a table/flat solid upper surface of material x2, supported by legs/base/pedestal x3
where is my pen? ⇔ 我的笔呢?
on his desk ⇔ 在他桌上

galtu ⇔ high (of height) ⇔ 高gao1

galtu ≔ x1 is high/up/upward in frame of reference x2 as compared with baseline/standard height x3
do zmadu ko'a lo ka ce'u galtu ⇔ you are taller than him ⇔ 你比他高
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