Bahasa Ambon - English Dictionary
  Adapted from Bahasa Ambon - English Dictionary - edited by Chaumont B. Devin
For this dictionary, the letter, 'x', is used to symbolize the glottal stop. Bahasa Ambon has no short 'e' or schwa.
Note that the doubled vowel in the ultima of many words contracts to a single vowel when followed by another word.
For example, 'taloor' means 'egg,' whereas 'talor ayang' means 'hen's egg.'
Note: In Bahasa Ambon, the vowels, 'o' and 'u' are often freely interchangeable, but not always, the rules, as far as I know, as yet still undetermined.
Note: In Bahasa Ambon, there appears to be no distinction between the diphthongs, 'ae' and 'ai.'
To convert a word from standard Bahasa to Bahasa Ambon, in general one might employ the following shaky rules:
1. change short 'e' to 'a'. Examples: sendiri -> sandiri, sengaja -> sangaja, tempurung -> tampurung.
2. Redouble the vowels of stressed ultimate syllables. Examples: senang -> sanaang, betul -> batuul, tendang -> tandaang.
3. Drop terminal 'h' and 'k'. Examples: sungguh -> sunggu, pendek -> pende, lebih -> labee.
4. Change some 'ai' to 'e'. Examples: bagaimana -> bagemana, sampai -> sampe.
5. Convert some terminal 'u' to 'o': Example: burung -> burong, tempurung -> tampurong, sumur -> sumor, campur -> campor, sejuk -> sajoo.
6. Change some 'ai' to 'ae'. Examples: baik -> bae, naik -> nae, air -> aer.
7. Change some penultimate short 'e' to 'o'. Examples: tepuk -> topu, penuh -> ponu, sepuh -> sopu.
8. Change some penultimate short 'e' to 'i'. Example: pecah -> pica.
9. Change some penultimate short 'e' to long 'e'. Examples: berak -> bera, bengkok -> bengko.
Esoteric Abbreviations: PAN = Proto Austronesian, the reconstructed parent language of many peoples found in the region between eastern Africa and western South America.
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   tete    n. 1. grandfather or great uncle. 2. ancestor.   
   tete jaganti    n. giant.   
   tete momo    n. ghost having the aspect of a terrifying old man.   
   teteruga    n. turtle (order Chelonia).   
   teteruga aer    n. smooth-backed land turtle.   
   teteruga darat    n. smooth-backed land turtle.   
   tetes    n. drop. Aer satu tetes. = A drop of water.   
   tetu    v. peck. Bae-bae jang ayang tetu biji mata. = Beware lest the chicken peck your eyes.   
   tia    n. aunt.   
   tiang    n. post, mast.   
   tiang bandera    n. flag mast.   
   tiang layar    n. mast of a sailing vessel.   
   tiang listrik    n. electric distribution pole.   
   tiang nok    n. upright wooden member supporting roof ridge.   
   tiang rumah    n. one of the posts of a house.   
   tiarap    adj. adv. face down. Ant. talantang.   
   tidor    n. 1. lie down. 2. sleep. cf. sono.   
   tidur    see tidor.   
   tifa    n. musical drum. cf. tambur, rabana, toleng-toleng.   
   tifar    v. tap the mayang palm for its sap. Ontua ada pii tifar mayang. = He has gone to tap areng sap.   
   tikang    v. 1. stab. 2. dive (as a kite or airplane).   
   tikang kapala    vi. dive or fall headfirst.   
   tikang lutu    v. kneel.   
   tikoang    n. teapot.   
   tikus    n. rat, mouse.   
   tikus mulu panjang    n. shrew.   
   tikus utang    n. a kind of forest rat or shrew.   
   tima    n. lead, tin.   
   tima puti    n. tin.   
   timba    n. dipper. v. 1. draw water, bail. 2. ladle (a fluid).   
   
 
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