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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   Bahasa Ambon English
   
   unjung    see ujung.   
   unti    n. A kind of sweetmeat.   
   untung    n. profit. v. gain. adv. lucky. Ant. rugi.   
   untung bae    adv. luckily.   
   upa    n. wages, payment for services.   
   upu    n. 1. grandparent. 2. grandchild. 3. revered ancestor.   
   urep    n. talking parrot. Also kasturi.   
   uru    v. 1. massage. 2. (slang) suffer loss.   
   uru poro    vi. (slang) suffer loss.   
   urung    v. mob.   
   urus    v. manage.   
   urusang    n. affairs.   
   usi    n. Older sister. Form of address for a female older than oneself but not enough older to be called "tante." Ant. bung.   
   utang    n. 1. forest. 2. debt. adj. wild. Babi utang = wild pig.   
   utang budi    n. debt of honor.   
   utara    n. north wind. adj. north.   
   VOC (feosee)    n. Dutch East India Company.   
   wajang    see kuali.   
   waji    n. A kind of glutinous rice and palm-sugar cake made in a flat pan and cut into rhombus shapes.   
   walang    n. forest shelter used by people guarding durian and spice groves.   
   wango-wango    n. fire built on the floor beside a bed or sleeping place to keep a person warm.   
   wanteeks    n. dye.   
   waringing    see pohong baringing.   
   warmos    v. use up recklessly. Jang warmos kepeng. = Don't spend money recklessly.   
   warmus    see warmos.   
   wate    n. 1. father's younger or older sister's husband. 2. a form of address for older men of the same soa or from villages with which one's village has a pela relationship. cf. ua.   
   watu    n. moment. Watu itu = at that time.   
   waxa    n. hard outer shell surrounding the pulp of a sago tree.   
   waya    n. a bamboo rack of smoked julung fish.   
   wayar    n. propeller.   
   
 
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