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
   bakubisi-bisi    v. whisper to each other.   
   bakubor    v. be buried.   
   bakubunu    v. kill each other.   
   bakubur    see bakubur.   
   bakucabar    v. challenge each other.   
   bakucabu    v. attack each other physically.   
   bakuciong    v. kiss each other.   
   bakucubi    v. pinch each other.   
   bakucuki    v. (vulgar) have sexual intercourse, copulate. Dong dua bakucuki di bawa pohong baringing. = The two of them were having sex under the banyan tree. cf. bakunae, bakutarika.   
   bakudapa    v. meet. Dong dua bakudapa di utang. - The two of them met in the forest.   
   bakufalungku    v. box each other. Also bakutumbu.   
   bakuganggu    v. tease each other.   
   bakugili-gili    v. tickle each other.   
   bakuiko    v. chase each other. adv. one after the other. Dong bajalang bakuiko. = They walked in single file.   
   bakujaga    v. lie in wait for one another.   
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