Emoji Language Beginner Lessons
This lesson is part of a series that teaches the basics of the Emoji Language.
Lesson Three: Your interests
Talking about what you like; past and future tense.
Bob: 😍 👇 ❔
Ann: 👩🎓 👆 😀💬
Ann: 😍 👆 🧆🌯🌯
Bob: 🛒⬅️ 👆 🧆🧆 📍🏪 ⏪📆
Ann: 😍➡️ 👇 👉👉
|😍||v.||to like sth./so., to love sth./so.|
|🧑🎓||v.||to learn sth.|
|😀||n.||emoji (also: smile)|
|🌯||n.||wrap (also: to wrap sth.)|
|🛒||v.||to buy, to purchase (also: shopping cart)|
|⬅️||suff.||past tense suffix|
|➡️||suff.||future tense suffix|
The interrogative emoji (❔) can not only be used as a prefix, but also in place of noun phrases. By putting it in the position of the nominative or accusative phrase of a sentence, you can ask for what would take its place, in this case: What is it that you like?
Multiple noun emoji can be combined into compound nouns, for example 🧆🌯 denotes a special kind of wrap, namely a falafel wrap. When it comes to compound nouns, the emoji to the left always narrows the meaning of the emoji to the right.
To indicate the plural form of a noun, it is simply repeated: one wrap (🌯) – many wraps (🌯🌯) or one falafel (🧆) – many falafels (🧆🧆). This rule also applies to personal pronouns: Reduplication turns the singular third person pronoun "it" (👉) into the plural form "they" (👉👉).
By default, statements are implied to be in present tense. To switch to a different tense, the past (⬅️) or future (➡️) suffix can be appended to the verb. If a specific timeframe – such as "yesterday" (⏪📆) – is given in a sentence, the tense indicated by the verb must match that timeframe.
- Find a hobby, meal etc. that you enjoy and tell your partner about it. If necessary, use noun compounding to express the concept.
- Find an activity that you did yesterday and tell your partner about it using the past tense marker and the "yesterday" emoji.
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