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
   bakusoso    v. be crowded very close to gether. adv. wedged in tightly together. Dong dudu bakusoso dalang oto. = They sat wedged tightly into the car.   
   bakutamang    v. be comrades. Also batamaang.   
   bakutampeleng    v. slap each other across the cheek or alongside the head.   
   bakutanya    v. interrogate each other.   
   bakutarika    v. 1. become entangled with each other. 2. (vulgar) copulate, have sexual intercourse. cf. bakucuki.   
   bakutaro    v. compete. Mari katoong bakutaro lari. = Let us race.   
   bakutengada    v. face each other. Rumah dua batangada. = The two houses faced each other.   
   bakuti    v. throb, flick repeatedly.   
   bakutikang    v. 1. fight each other with spears or daggers. 2. copulate.   
   bakutoki    v. 1. knock into each other, 2. knock each others heads.   
   bakutorana    v. Thrust at each other with poles.   
   bakutukar    v. exchange.   
   bakutumbu    v. box each other. Also bakufalungku.   
   bakutunggu    v. wait for each other.   
   bakuu    v. harden, solidify, clot.   
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