Kala Idiom

나 거 모지 다오 비다 요하
na ke motsi ta’o pita yoha
/na kɛ moːt͡ʃi taːʔo piːta joːha/
1s O sack two empty have
I’ve got two empty sacks. = To not own a thing in the world. / To not have a thing to one’s name.

Over the next few months I plan on exploring idioms on this page and how to express them (or, how I would) in Kala.

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Ch. 13, Path of the Warrior

tanako simohue topu
ya ka’e simo topu | ya kua katlo ma ki hita

/tanaːko ʃɪmoːɦʷe toːpu
ja kaːʔe ʃɪːmo toːpu | ja kʷa kaːt͡ɬo ma ki ɦiːta/

fight-AG abyss-LOC jump
VOC toward abyss jump | VOC all risk and self throw

The warrior jumps into the abyss.
Jump into the abyss. Risk everything and throw yourself in.

From Path of the Warrior, by Lucas E. Schultz

Kala Phrase


kuaho muasapana
/kʷaːho mʷaʃapaːna/
soon season-rain
It’ll soon be the rainy season.

Kala Phrase

바나하 어감 거 타하 가묘 지뷰먀여
panaha ekam ke tlaha kamyo tsipuemyaye
/panaːha eːkam kɛ t͡ɬaːha kaːmʲo t͡ʃɪpʷɛmʲaːʲe/
rain-AUG P.3pl O depart 3pl.GEN delay-CAUS-PST
The heavy rain made them put off their departure.

Kala Phrase

아여 뉴시흐 뷰 바나하
aye nuesihu pue panaha
/aːje nʷeʃiːɦu pʷe panaːha/
past flood-extreme after rain-AUG
After the heavy rain, there was a big flood.

Kala Phrase

거 허우 지무저 | 나 거 바나티 오모
ke heua tsimuatse | na ke panatli omo
/kɛ ɦeːwa t͡ʃimʷaːt͡sɛ | na kɛ panaːt͡ɬi oːmo/
O sky ominous-seem | 1s O rain-FUT ponder
The sky looks ominous. I wonder if it will rain.

Kala Idiom

조 거 야가 자미부
tso ke yaka tsamipua
/t͡ʃoː kɛ jaːka t͡samɪːpʷa/
already O leg pluck.off-PFV
The leg’s already been plucked off. = The worst has already happened (or been done). Nothing else can be done to correct this.

Over the next few months I plan on exploring idioms on this page and how to express them (or, how I would) in Kala.