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by The Secular State of Kalwia. . 1 reads.

A Englishman's Guide To Kalwian - Objects and Subjects (Obsekty Ucubsekty)

*THIS DISPATCH WAS WRITTEN BEFORE THE WAR. DO NOT GO TO KALWIA NOW, IT IS BEING BOMBED.*

Jencka! Welcome to the Englishman's guide to Kalwian! Kalwian is an important language because Kalwia provides many job opportunities, with thriving industries. The language somehow communicates meaning very simply, with words like 'have' and 'not' being reduced to one-letter prefixes. Let's get started!

As quoted at the beginning, 'jencka' is the Kalwian word for 'hi'. It is a shortened form of 'jencancka', literally meaning 'I greet you'. This is the word-for-word structure of it:

jen (you) + canck (greet) + a (I)

Strangely enough, we don't just switch the words 'jen' and 'a' around to say 'You greet me'. We ONLY SWITCH THE VOWELS! This makes 'jancanke'. J*n is the objective pronoun, meaning 'the person who it's being done to'. In 'jancancke', it (the greeting) is being done to 'me', or 'a'.

The Secular State of Kalwia

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