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
   batang kayu    n. fallen tree trunk, log.   
   batang kepala    n. the back of the head.   
   batang leher    n. the back of the neck.   
   batarea    v. 1. shout at. Batarea dia dolo. = Shout to him (to get his attention). 2. cry out in fear or pain. Dapa lia ular satu kali batarea. = (She) saw the snake and cried out.   
   batarei    n. dry-cell battery. Also batu senter.   
   bataria    see batarea.   
   bataro    v. 1. agree to compete. Dong dua bataro lari. = The two of them agreed to have a foot race. 2. bet, wager. Ontua bataro saribu. = He bet a thousand.   
   baterek    v. tease. Also baganggu. cf. terek.   
   batingka    v. put on airs.   
   batong    prn. see katong.   
   batongka    v. prop self up.   
   batoong    n. stucco. Ruma batoong = stucco house.   
   batu    n. 1. rock. 2. stone. adj. made of cement. Ruma batu = house made using cement.   
   batu anyo    n. pumice.   
   batu api    n. flint.   
   batu bacang    n. soapstone.   
   batu cobe    see cobe.   
   batu goso    n. whetstone.   
   batu gurinda    n. rotary grind stone.   
   batu kacang    n. fine gravel.   
   batu kapala    n. top and back part of skull.   
   batu karikel    n. gravel.   
   batu sao    n. anchor stone.   
   batu senter    n. flashlight battery. Also batarei.   
   batulang    adj. bony. Ikang batulang = bony fish.   
   batumbu    v. 1. sprout. 2. grow. Rumpu yang batumbu di kaki aer. = The grass growing at the river mouth.   
   baukup    vi. inhale steam so as to clear the nasal passages using a pan or wok of boiling water fresh from the fire. Ontua ada baukup di dapor. = He is sitting in the kitchen inhaling steam with a blanket over his head and a pot of very hot water.   
   bausprit    n. bow sprit of a sailing vessel.   
   baut    v. (of a sailing vessel) come about, tack.   
   bawang    n. onion, shallot, or any onion-like plant.   
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