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11:48 May 15, 2002
English to Afrikaans translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary / installation
English term or phrase: breathe
This word will be used on its own but in many different languages for an art installation
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Summary of answers provided
4 +1adem
Sandra Nortje
4 +1asem!
Samuel Murray


  

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7 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
asem!


Explanation:
The word "asem" actually means "breath", but the verb "breathe" cannot be translated using a single word. You can use "haal asem" (very clinical), "asem in" (more relaxed) or "asemhaal" (the to-be verb, very formal and school-like).

Samuel Murray
Netherlands
Local time: 17:38
Native speaker of: Native in AfrikaansAfrikaans
PRO pts in pair: 166

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Tim Altanero: asem is always breathe, but needs additional words as stated.
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48 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
adem


Explanation:
although there is a relationship between the words 'asem' and 'adem' in afrikaans, historically and in meaning, the latter is used more abstractly or figuratively. For example: the book is pervaded by a healthy tone would be translated as: <I> die boek adem 'n gesonde gees </I> (see bosman, vd merwe, hiemstra)
So it may be that the usage of this word fits into the context of what you need to do with 'breathe'


    bosman, vd merwe & hiemstra
Sandra Nortje
South Africa
Local time: 17:38
Native speaker of: Native in AfrikaansAfrikaans, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 20

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  dmventer
23 hrs

neutral  Tim Altanero: adem is relatively rare, but depending on your context may be right on.
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