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
   
   bawang mera    n. shallot.   
   bawang puti    n. garlic.   
   bawang Timor    n. A red or white, somewhat large shallot said to come from Timor.   
   be-    prn. I. Be seng mau. = I do not want to. (A short form of beta).   
   bebe    n. duck   
   bedeng    n. special nursery plant bed.   
   beeng    gdt. my (contraction of "beta pung"). Also betang.   
   beha    n. brassiere.   
   bel    n. bell.   
   belang    see arombae.   
   belang-belang    adj. striped.   
   bembeng    vt. carry slung from the hand. Also rembeng. PAN bi9bi9, carry in the hand.   
   bera    v. defecate.   
   berang    n. very bright red cloth.   
   berengsek    adj. (of people) no good.   
   berkat    n. blessing.   
   besi    n. iron, steel.   
   besi barani    n. magnet.   
   besi coor    n. re-bar (reenforcement bar for concrete construction).   
   besi puti    n. stainless steel.   
   besloit    n. comission (usually in the form of a paper document).   
   beso    adv. tomorrow. Also eso. Ant kalamareng. cf. lusa.   
   beta    prn. I, me.   
   betang    gdt. my (contraction of "beta pung"). Also beeng.   
   bia    n. mollusk.   
   bia asuseng    n. A marine mollusc that lives in the sand and can be dug up at low tide. Abundant at Waisisil beach, on Saparua.   
   bia garu    n. The giant clam, Tridacna gigas.   
   bia huraing    n. A marine mollusc that lives on drifting logs. Abundant in Hutumuri.   
   bia kakusang    n. A mollusc with a brown-spotted conical shell, Conus spp.   
   bia kodo    n. clam.   
   
 
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