PART THIRD — Մասն երրորդ

COMMON PHRASES — READING

Գործնական խօսքեր – Ընթերցուած

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A. COMMON PHRASES

711.   To ask and answer.

Who is there? Who are you? What is your name?

My name is ... What do you want?

I want to speak to you.

I have something to tell you. Do you know me?

I have not the honor to know you. Listen to me, please.

I am listening to you. Do you understand me?

I do not understand you. Why do you not answer?

I did not hear well. What do you mean? What do you say? What is it? What's the use of it? Do you speak Armenian?

I understand it better than I speak.

712.  To offer.

Do you want anything? What can I do for you? What do you ask for?

       What do you prefer? Accept it for my sake.

713.  To ask.

I have a request to make of you.

Will you do me a service?

May I ask you a favor?

Do me that pleasure.

Will you be kind enough to...

I am really sorry to trouble you.

You will oblige me exceedingly.

I am afraid of intruding upon your goodness.

714.  To grant.

Yes, certainly.

I am quite at your service.

I am quite willing.

I will do my best.

Be sure that I will do all in my power.

It is understood (arranged, agreed).

Depend entirely on me.

I am at your disposal.

715.  To refuse, to excuse one's self.

No, it is impossible.

I can not consent to it.

I am truly grieved (I am sorry) to refuse you.

Excuse me, please ; I have done all I could.

It does not depend on me.

Be well persuaded that it is no fault of mine.

I beg thousand pardons; I am as sorry for it as you can be

It will be for another time.

716.   To give and receive thanks.

Thank you.

I am very much obliged to you.

I feel very much indebted (grateful) to you.

There is no cause for it.

        Please don't mention it.

        I am delighted that I have been useful to you.

717. To consult, to deliberate, to advise.

What would you do if you were in my place?

In your place, this is what I should do.

What must I do?

What do you advise me to do ?

I hardly know ; it is very embarrassing.

What am I to do?

I see only this means.

I think you are right.

What is your opinion ?

I am quite of your opinion.

Stay, an idea strikes me.

In deed, your idea is a very good one.

I think you would do well.

718. To affirm.

Nothing is truer.

I will give you proof of it.

I give you my word of honor.

It is certain.

I am sure of it.

I can assure you of it.

719.   To deny.

It is a mistake.

You are mistaken.

That is not true.

It cannot be.

I can hardly believe you.

You are altogether wrong.

720.   Probability.

It is probable.

It is possible

        It is likely (natural) enough.

        That may very well be.

There is nothing impossible.

721. Doubt, surprise, admiration.

What! Really?

You astonish me.

That surprises me.

I doubt the truth of it.

Who would have thought it?

It is a thing unheard of.

I cannot get over my astonishment

It is admirable!

It is magnificent!

It is delightful!

Nothing can be more charming.

A genuine masterpiece!

What a wonder!

That is very beautiful.

722. Joy.

Ah ! What happiness!

I am glad of it.

How pleased I am!

I am beside myself with joy.

It gives me the utmost pleasure.

If you knew how happy I am.

723. Affliction.

It gives me great pain.

It is a very sad affair. '

You see me deeply afflicted.

I have been cruelly tried.

He is inconsolable.

What a pity.

It is an irreparable loss.

724. Anger, reproaches.

I am greatly displeased with you.

Why are you angry with me?

You are in a bad humor.

I am furious.

Do not get into a passion.

Do not lose your temper.

What wickedness !

I am indignant

It is dreadful.

You ought to be ashamed.

725. Compliments.

Good morning, sir.

Good evening, madam.

How do you do ?

How is your father?

Very well, thank you.

And you, how are you?

Not so well.

I am sorry for it.

What is the matter with you?

I don't know it myself.

Good night, miss.

Good-bye, ladies and gentlemen.

726. Of the age.

How old are you?

I am fifteen years and three months old.

And how old is your brother?

My brother is much older than I; he is twenty-eight years old.

In two weeks, my sister shall be sixteen.

At the end of the year, his grand father shall be ninety

727.   Hours.

What time is it?

It is one o'clock, I believe.

       No, my friend, you are mistaken; it is already two o'clock, for I came here at half past one.

What o'clock was it when you left home?

It was quarter past eleven.

Was it so soon? And what have you been doing all that time?

I paid a visit to one of my aunts; but at twenty minutes past twelve I took a cab to come here.

And from your aunt's house, it took but ten minutes ?

Yes, or, at most, a quarter of an hour.

When do you intend to go home?

Not too late, because at midnight I will go to bed.

By my watch it is five minutes to twelve.

Your watch is too fast, or mine is too slow.

728.  Of the date.

What day of the month is it?

It is the tenth of the month.

Are you quite sure of it ?

Yes, I am sure that Sunday was the sixth ; then Monday was the seventh; Tuesday, the eighth; Wednesday, the ninth; and today, Thursday, the tenth.

In that case, this letter will reach my brother on the fourteenth or the fifteenth.

Why? His card had arrived in one day. He will receive yours Friday or Saturday.

729.  Of the seasons.

Which is the season you prefer?

Spring, of course; and you?

I prefer autumn, on account of its fruits.

Generally, I like winter better than summer.

I am not of your opinion; the months of June and July are more agreeable than the months of December or January.

And what do you say of the months of August and September?

I like the former on account of the baths (swimming), and the latter on account of the vintage.

February is the shortest month.

March and April are months of rain, May of flowers.

730. Of the weather.

What weather is it?

It is fine - improving - warm.

So much the better; for yesterday was bad.

Does it rain?

It rains very hard.

It is windy.

The wind has changed.

The sky is clear.

The sun shines.

It is very cold — fifteen degrees below zero ; and the river is frozen.

It will snow.

It thunders.

It lightens.

It hails.

I see a great storm coming up from the west

Is there a fog ?

Yes, and it is slippery.

The sky is covered with heavy clouds.

 

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