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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   babintol    adj. having bumps.   
   babostok    adj. banged up, as the face after a beating. --Roy Sekewael.   
   babua    v. bear fruit. adj. muscular. Ontua badang babua satu. = A very muscular old man.   
   babulu    adj. hairy, fuzzy, furry.   
   babunga    v. bloom. adj. 1. flowery. 2. striped, spotted, variegated.   
   babunyi    v. make a noise, generate sound.   
   bacampor    v. meddle. Ana kacil jang bacampor deng orang to-tua pung urusang = Little children do not meddle in adult affairs.   
   bacang    n. A mango tree. Also kuini.   
   bacebo    v. wash the anus. cf. cebo.   
   bacere    v. divorce.   
   baciong    adj. be continually kissing.   
   bacubi    v. pinch. Jang suka bacubi talalu! = Do not be in the habit of pincing so much.   
   bacucu    v. have grandchildren. Ontua seng bacucu. = She has no grandchildren.   
   badaa    n. cosmetic face powder.   
   badaa dinging    n. a kind of powder mixed with water and applied to the face where it is left to dry.   
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