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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   bodo-bodo    v. act stupidly. Se bodo-bodo apa ini? = What is this stupid thing you are doing?   
   bodok    see bodo.   
   boga-boga    adj. weak, slow. Bajalang boga-boga. = Walk slowly, as from weakness.   
   bokor    n. 1. finger washing bowl. 2. bowl the right size and shape for finger washing.   
   bola    n. 1. ball. 2. soccer.   
   bole    v. can. Beta seng bisa manyanyi akang. Ricky bole. = I can not sing it. Ricky can. Ale ni bole lai! = You are pretty good! (You here are okay!). adv. okay. Ale musti kasi beta lai bole. = Okay, (but) you must also give to me. The meaning of this word is very hard to pin down in English. As an adjective or intransitive verb, it means that the subject is acceptable or has succeeded whereas something else has failed. "Ini bole!" means something like, "This, at last, is okay!" It also means "I will agree if [condition]." For example, suppose a buyer offers $19 and a seller holds out for   
   bolengkar    v. rummage through things leaving them in a mess. Jang bolengkar sabarang di Mama pung kamar. = Do not go rummaging around in Mothers bedroom. Also balengkar.   
   bolero    n. a womans dress having a small jacket top that can be removed to expose the shoulders.   
   bolsak    n. mattress.   
   bolta    v. bolt, make a hasty escape.   
   boltak    vi. fall(?)   
   bom    n. bomb.   
   bombong    adj. heaping. Satu cupa bombong. = One heaping milk can full.   
   bon    n. bill.   
   boncis    n. The green bean, Phaseolusvulgaris.   
   bong-boong    n. candy, sweet.   
   bongkar    v. 1. disassemble in order to repair. Ontua ada bongkar masiin. = He is busy disassembling the engine. 2. unload. Kapal ada bongkar. = The ship is unloading. Kapal ada bongkar moatang. = The ship is unloading its cargo. 3. break up, demolish. Anjing bongkar dinding. = (The) dog broke through the wall. 4. move with explosive force through liquid or particulate matter. Kapal bongkar = the ships propeller created an explosion of turbulance in the water.   
   bongko    v. hunch, bend. Maso pintu maleingkang bongko. = To enter the house requires (that you) hunch over. adj. hunched, bent. Balakang bongko = hump backed. cf. buku, bengko, jongko.   
   bongso    n. youngest (sibling).   
   bontal    adj. round. PAN bunteR, round. PAN buntal, puffer fish sp.   
   bontiana    n. vengeful ghost of a woman who died in childbirth. PAN buntis, pregnant woman.   
   boom    n. a the boom of a sailing vessel.   
   boor    n. drill. v. drill, bore a hole in.   
   boot    n. large Butonese or Bugis sailing vessel.   
   bordelis    adj. violent, of the wind. (Oma).   
   bore    n. A vine, Derris elliptica, the root of which is used as a medicine and fish poison. v. kill fish with such poison.   
   borong    v. buy up. Dia borong ikang2 kasabis di pasar. = He bought up all the fish in the market.   
   borstel    n. 1. bristly brush. 2. brush touching the armature of a dynamo.   
   botak    adj. bald. cf. gundul, kising.   
   botol    n. bottle.   
   
 
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