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
   baru    n. A yellow flowering shore tree with large round leaves, the beach hibiscus, Hibiscus tiliaceus. adj. new. adv. only, just. Itu baru lima. = That is only five. seq. and then. Dia dudu, baru dia bicara. = He sat down, and then he spoke.   
   baru    adv. recently. Cf. tempo hari.   
   barudel    see bruder.   
   barutang    v. owe.   
   basa    v. wet. adj. 1. wet. 2. wet with blood. Beta pukul satu kali basa! = I struck (him) and immediately he was wet with blood.   
   basaar    vi. 1. expand, get bigger. 2. grow up, mature. Beta basaar di Ambong. = I grew up in Ambon. adj. 1. big. 2. important. This word is often used humorously and pejoratively. Nona bassar tar mau kas makang ayam = (This) big girl (big boss girl) will not stoop to feeding the chickens.   
   basai    v. sit anywhere without regard for propriety.   
   basambunyi    vi. hide. Ada ular basambunyi di rumpu-rumpu. = A snake is hiding in the grass. cf. sambunyi. cf. sambunyi.   
   basangaja    v. jest.   
   basangka    vi. be suspicious.   
   basaroo    vi. sing a certain kind of chant   
   basena    v. walk back and forth.   
   basi    adj. stale, tainted (of rice and certain other foods). cf. melek.   
   baso    n. a Javanese soup dish. v. wash. Pi baso akang di aer. = Go wash it in the stream.   
   basombayang    v. pray.   
   basoso    vi. crowd together.   
   basteel    v. dress up, put on airs. cf. steel.   
   basudara    v. related by family. Dong itu samua orang basudara. = All of them are related by family.   
   basuet    vi. be sweaty.   
   basumpa    v. take the marriage vow.   
   basuru    vi. be bossy. Jang ose basuru talalu! = You quit being so bossy!   
   basuwet    adj. sweaty.   
   batai    adj. corroded.   
   batai besi    adj. rusty.   
   batalaga    see balandong.   
   bataloor    v. lay (an egg).   
   batamang    v. keep company with each other, be companions. cf. bakutamaang.   
   batamu    v. visit, go calling. Tete ada pi batamu di Nona. Grandpa has gone calling on Nona.   
   batanang    v. be planting (an agricultural crop).   
   batang    n. 1. trunk (of a tree). 2. numerical coefficient for rods. 3. bulky part of an elongate object.   
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