Interlingua (Interlingue)

photo to inspire Interlingua language study
The first issue of Kosmoglott, published upon the announcement that the League of Nations was studying the problem of an international language. Photo by David Droz, CC BY 4.0

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Why learn Interlingua?

Interlingua was created in 1922 as an international auxiliary language. It was originally known as Occidental until 1949 when it was renamed Interlinque. It was popular in the years up to, during, and shortly after the Second World War, but declined thereafter. The language was created by Edgar de Wahl, a teacher from Tallinn, Estonia and published before it was complete as a response to a call from the League of Nations for an international language. The vocabulary is based on already existing words from various languages and a system of derivation using recognized prefixes and suffixes, making it easy to recognize the meaning by people speaking various European langauges.

You can communicate in Interlingua. You are at a distinct advantage in the global market if you are bilingual. Communication skills developed while learning Interlingua can improve your interpersonal skills in your native langauge as well. it fosters an understanding of the interrelation of language and human nature.

How Long Does it Take to Learn Interlingua?

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Interlingua Alphabet & Pronunciation

Aa
(a)
Bb
(be)
Cc
(ce)
Dd
(de)
Ee
(e)
Ff
(ef)
Gg
(ge)
Hh
(ha)
Ii
(i)
Jj
(jot)
Kk
(ka)
Ll
(el)
Mm
(em)
Nn
(en)
Oo
(o)
Pp
(pe)
Qq
(qu)
Rr
(er)
Ss
(es)
Tt
(te)
Uu
(u)
Vv
(ve)
Ww
(duplic ve)
Xx
(ix)
Yy
(ypsilon)
Zz
(zet)

Basic Phrases in Interlingua

HelloSalute
GoodbyeAdeo
YesSi
NoNo
Excuse mePardona me
PleasePer favor
Thank youGratias
You are welcomeIl es nihil
Do you speak englishParla vos anglese?
Do you understand
I understandIo comprende
I do not understandIo non comprende
How are youComo sta vos?
Fine thanksMulto ben, gratias.
What is your nameQual es vostre nomine?
My name isMi nomine es ...
Pleased to meet youContente de facer vostre cognoscentia!

Interlingua Grammar

Interlingua Nouns

ManViro
WomanFemina
BoyPuero
GirlPuera
CatCatto
DogCan
FishPisce
WaterAqua
MilkLacte
EggOvo
HouseCasa
FlowerFlor
TreeArbore
ShirtCamisa
PantsPantalones

Interlingua Adjectives

Colors in Interlingua

BlackNigre
WhiteBlanc
RedRubie
OrangeOrange
YellowJaine
GreenVerde
BlueBlau
PurplePurpura
PinkRosate
GrayGris
BrownBrun

Numbers in Interlingua

ZeroZero
OneUn
TwoDuo
ThreeTres
FourQuatro
FiveCinque
SixSex
SevenSepte
EightOcto
NineNove
TenDece
ElevenDece-un
TwelveDece-duo
TwentyVinti
ThirtyTrenta
FortyQuaranta
FiftyCinquanta
SixtySexanta
SeventySeptanta
EightyOctanta
NinetyNovanta
HundredCento
ThousandMille

Interlingua Verbs

To be
To have
To want
To need
To help
To go
To come
To eat
To drink
To speak

Building Simple Sentences

More Complex Interlingua Sentences

And
Or
But
Because
With
Also
However
Neither
Nor
If
Then

Useful Interlingua Vocabulary

Interlingua Questions

Who
What
When
Where
Why
How
How many
How much

Days of the Week in Interlingua

MondayLunedi
TuesdayMartedi
WednesdayMercuridi
ThursdayJovedi
FridayVenerdi
SaturdaySabbato
SundayDominica
Yesterday heri
TodayHodie
TomorrowDeman

Months in Interlingua

JanuaryJanuario
FebruaryFebruario
MarchMartio
AprilApril
MayMaio
JuneJunio
JulyJulio
AugustAugusto
SeptemberSeptembre
OctoberOctobre
NovemberNovembre
DecemberDecembre

Seasons in Interlingua

WinterHiberno
SpringPrimavera
SummerEstate
AutumnAutumno

Telling Time in Interlingua

What time is it
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
O clock
Half
Quarter past
Before
After