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
   bakujajar    see bajajar.   
   bakul    n. see bakol.   
   bakula    v. mold. Nanti akang bakula. = It will mold. adj. moldy. Baju itu su bakula. = That shirt has gotten moldy.   
   bakulia    v. 1. see each other. 2. look at each other.   
   bakuluur    v. spie on each other   
   bakumanyabong    vt. fight (chickens). Katoong pi kasi bakumanyabong ayang. = Let us go fight cocks.   
   bakumara    v. be or become angry at each other.   
   bakunae    v. (vulgar) have sexual intercourse. Dong dua bakunae di atas tampa. = They were having sex on the bed. cf. bakucuki.   
   bakupolo    v. hug each other, embrace.   
   bakupotong    v. hack at each other as with swords.   
   bakurabe    v. tear into each other.   
   bakurekeng    v. come to an agreement over accounts.   
   bakusanang    v. be happy with each other.   
   bakusayang    v. feel sympathy and affection for each other, especially as young lovers do.   
   bakusengaja    v. kid each other.   
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