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    Survival Svanuri

    by leonik Updated Oct 26, 2006

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    Svanuri's (and Georgian) not the easiest language to pronounce so i'm going to transliterate it to the best of my ability.

    Hello: kho-cha-la-dakh
    Thank You: eh-wa-su-kha-ri
    Please: KHA-ah-ma
    Yes: aah-du
    No: maa-maa
    Good Morning/Afternoon: kho-cha-la-dakh
    Good Evening: kho-cha-ley-tu-jah
    Good Night: kho-cha-let
    How Much?: ma-zoo-ha-jesh?

    0: mang-wesh (nothing)
    1: esh-tkhu
    2: yo-ri
    3: seh-mi
    4: vosht-khv
    5: vokh-vishd
    6: us-gra
    7: ish-gvid
    8: a-ra (like the Georgian/Kartuli "No")
    9: chkha-ra
    10: ieshd
    11: ie-vesh-di-esh-tkhu
    20: yo-ri-eshd-esh-tkhu
    100: a-shirr
    200: yor-a-shirr
    1,000: a-tas

    Stop: chet-cha-rao
    Go: ar-chet
    Toilet: pekh-sa-lag
    Beautiful: kho-cha-la-tash ("la-ma-zia" in Georgian/Kartuli)
    Cool: meg-jeh
    Water: lit
    Dog: jyer-ghrr
    Are you cold?: muts-ri jar-ma? (think this is Georgian/Kartuli though)
    Bon App├ętit: kho-cha ah-peh-teet OR kho-cha-leh-zeib
    Give Me: ka-la-mokh
    ______ is the best!: ______ a-ri sa-ku-te-suh

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    Be prepared to drink a lot!

    by leonik Written Oct 26, 2006

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    The Svans have their own potent firewater called "Chacha" (approx. 60% alcohol) made from fermented apples to fermented bread to fermented herbs.

    They toast 3 times. Each time for a divine entity. Can't remember who they are but one of them is definitely St. George, the patron saint of their country. On one of the toast, you're invited (and expected) to give a short speech...

    They also drink something called Rakhe which is some herbally hard liquor similar to the Turkish Raki and Greek Ouzo... and you'll be made to drink copious amounts of those too. To decline may be deemed offfensive or impolite. And to appear inebriated is most distateful! So feign a poor stomach or some debilitating sickness which will excuse you from libation.

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