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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   astaga    itj. an exclamation of outrage, admiration, or surprise. Also istaga, astaganaga, astagafirla, astafirallah, etc.   
   astaganaga    itj. An exclamation of admiration or surprise. Astaganaga! Sapa yang biking tumpa beta pung sopi? Well, I will be! Who spilled my palm liquor? atap, n. thatch.   
   ati-ati    v. be careful or on guard.   
   atiting    n. a kind of basket woven from bulu patoong and used by women to carry produce home from the fields on their heads. Base diameter is smaller than top diameter. As a general rule, men never pikul atiting.   
   ator    v. 1. arrange. 2. manage. 3. Take charge.   
   atorang    n. rule, rules, especially of social conduct. Laki-laki tar tau atorang = manignorant of the rules of etiquette.   
   atur    see ator.   
   au    itj. an exclamation of disapproval. PAN qau, interjection of pain, surprise, etc.   
   awang    n. cloud.   
   awet    n. youthful, well preserved   
   ayah!    itj. PAN aya, exclamation of annoyance, surprise, etc.   
   ayang    n. chicken.   
   ayang segon    n. A kind of chicken, Gallus spp., with few feathers.   
   ayer    see aer.   
   ba-    ba-, 1. prefix to form abundancy adjectives from nouns. Jalang babatu = rocky path. prefix to form present participles from verbs. Jang balari! = Do not be running around!   
   
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