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"La viro ne laboras."

Translation:The man is not working.

May 30, 2015



how would you distinguish between "The man is not working" (as in he is procrastinating) versus "the man does not work" (he has no job)?


I'm guessing context. You wouldn't say the latter while a person is sitting in an office.

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    Yes, context can help. Also, this is an early lesson in the course. Later, we learn about the accusative, so that will be able to say, "La viro ne havas laboron." (The man does not have a job).


    I was thinking of the same thing since I wrote "the man doesn't work".


    Additionally, this is just from my experience with other languages, often there is a separate word that means "working" in the sense of "Employed"


    As in English, Spanish, Portuguese, etc, you could use the present progressive tense (here I believe it would be "la viro ne estas laboranta") to express that he isn't in the process of working at this moment, perhaps because he's procrastinating. But I don't know if there's a specialized word or phrase that would have a more narrow meaning indicating habitual work, ie employment.


    My question would be similar, but in a different setting: if I want to pick someone to work on a project, I could say "he is not working" meaning he is available to work on the project, or "he does not work" meaning he is lazy and not someone I would want to work on the project.


    context would probably be key in such cases


    He's learning Esperanto instead


    Did you try turning him off and back on again?


    Error 404: Man failed. Would you like to restart the program?


    This lesson does not have sound? or My browser does not cast it!


    My chrome has no sound either


    Don't worry, your browser is just fine. Some of these sentences simply don't have sound. I think I remember that one of the creators saying that the voice saying the sentences was not a TTS, but someone was actually recorded saying the sentences. Since there is probably well over 1000 sentences in the entire course, I wouldn't be surprised if not every single sentence was recorded.


    dang it. HONEY! THE MAN BROKE! HE JUST STOPPED WORKING! maybe he needs new batteries...


    Helpful hint: 'laboras" is similar to labor, which is work. So, laboras means work.

    [deactivated user]

      I believe it's originally from the Latin "laborare," which is where labour comes from. So you are right.


      Why in Esperanto is there no microphone half the time?


      I'm confused, (new here by the way so bear with me) i typed in "the man does not work" which flagged me as correct, for it to be "the man is not working" shouldnt it be something like "La viro estas ne laboras"?


      The thing you said translates to: The man is not a work. Esperanto is influenced by Romance languages, Grammar wise, which have no Present Progressive/Continuous. So, you would say: La viro ne laboras, which means both: He doesn't work/ he isn't working. It is better though to say: La viro ne havas laboron, which mean "he doesn't work/ he has no job"


      Spanish and Portuguese are Romance languages that use the present progressive quite frequently. (eg, "Yo estoy cocinando la cena." | "Eu estou cozinhando o jantar.") French, another Romance language, also has a phrase ("être en train de faire qqch") that serves this purpose (eg, "Je suis en train de cuisiner le dîner."), although it's not used as frequently as in Spanish, Portuguese, or English.


      I think the most approppriate translation of this sentence (while it is out of context) is "The man doesn't/does not work"

      [deactivated user]

        "The man isn't working" is just as valid, I think.


        "The man is not working" The man does not work.

        [deactivated user]

          Yes, both are correct English translations of the Esperanto sentence "La viro ne laboras".


          Na área de escolha das palavras prontas não tinha "is" nem "working"


          Why is it LA viro and not EL viro


          Why is it LA viro and not EL viro

          Did you accidentally enroll for Esperanto while trying to find Spanish? If not, consider that in Esperanto:

          • la = the
          • el = out, out of

          So in Esperanto, every noun takes la -- unlike in Spanish.

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