Introduction to Interlingua: Lesson 1

Interlingua has two articles that behave exactly like English. The first is le which corresponds roughly to the. The second is un which corresponds roughly to a/an.

Nouns in Interlingua, for the most part, are the same as in English (without crazy spelling and plurals!) They have no "grammatical" gender, and only change to make plurals.

The rules for making plurals are only three, and easy too:

1. If the word ends with a vowel, just add an -s.

2. In all other cases add -es

3. However, if Rule 2 would cause a word to have -ces at it’s end, it needs to be spelled as -ches.

Learn these simple vocabulary words, then try the exercises below:

catto → cat

can → dog

vacca → cow

mus → mouse

?a cat|un catto

?the dog|le can

?the cows|le vaccas

?the mice|le muses