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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   tumbu    v. 1. pound. 2. box (with a fist). 3. (of the wind) fill a sail with great force. 4. sprout. 5. dive under water, sound. cf. molo.   
   tumbu dada    v. pound one's chest, beat one's breast.   
   tumbulawa    n. A kind of medicinal root, Curcuma xanthorrhiza (Asilulu).   
   tumis    v. simmer essential ingredients before adding bulk for stir frying.   
   tumpul    adj. dull (of a tool).   
   tung    n. sound of a gun.   
   tunggu    v. wait, await.   
   tungku    n. 1. hearth, usually a stand of iron or clay. 2. A hearth made on a waist-high platform consisting of a raised box of wood and/or other materials and filled with dirt.   
   tuni    adj. original, authentic, indigenous, autochthonous, native.   
   turati    see bunga turati.   
   tusa    n. house cat. cf. kucing, puus.   
   tusu    n. v. skewer. Sate sa tusu jua! = One skewer of sate please!   
   tutang    n. gums.   
   tutang bunting    adj. afflicted with swollen gums.   
   tutu    v. shut, close, cover.   
   tutua    adj. Superior because older. Orang tutua, Elders. Also tatua.   
   tuturiha    n. Ceremony in which a man apologizes to his parents in law for eloping with their daughter.   
   tuxu    see ikang tuxu.   
   u    adv. sign of the vocative. Mina u! Se di mana?= O Mina! Where are you? The voice is raised to a very high pitch on the 'u'.   
   ua    n. 1. father's older or younger sister. 2. a form of address for older women of one's soa or of a pela village. cf. wate. PAN ua?, parents' elder sibling.   
   uang    n. money. Also kepeng.   
   uba    see oba.   
   ubi    n. A tuber, the yam, genus Dioscorea.   
   udang    n. prawn.   
   udang aer    n. A freshwater shrimp, (including Metapenaeus spp., Penaeus spp., and Parapenaeopsis spp.).   
   udang lao    n. marine lobster.   
   ujang    n. rain.   
   ujang ampas    n. v. drizzle.   
   ujang basar    n. big rain, downpour.   
   ujang karaas    n. heavy rain.   
   
 
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