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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   cinta    n. love. v. love. Jeki cinta Marta. = Jeki loves Marta.   
   ciong    v. 1. smell (sense by odor). 2. sniff. 3. kiss.   
   cita    n. chintz.   
   co    adv. 1. try. Co buka akang. = Try opening it up. 2. please. Co ambil aer sadiki beta dolo. = Please fetch me a little water. also coba.   
   coba    v. test, try. Beta coba akang. = I tested it. adv. 1. in a testing or trying fashion. Coba pii lia kata itu dong ada biking apa. = Go see what they are doing. Also co. 2. please. Coba beta lia. = Please let me see.   
   cobang    n. a broad, needle-like bamboo tool for making and repairing nets.   
   cobe    n. grinding mortar. cf. lasoong.   
   coklat    n. 1. chocolate. 2. k.o. tree, cacao, Theobroma cacao.   
   cole    n. lacy undergarment worn under traditional Moluccan kaeng-kabaya.   
   colo    v. dip, dunk. Colo akang di cuka. = Dip it in the vinegar.   
   colo-colo    n. a dish usually made of soy sauce, lemon juice or vinegar, shallots, and hot peppers into which vegetables and meat are dipped.   
   congka    n. A Chinese game in which pebbles are dropped into holes in a piece of carved wood having two rows of six holes and a bigger hole at each end.   
   coor    n. reinforced concrete. v. pour concrete around a steel frame.   
   cubi    v. pinch with the fingers. Dia cubi Marta. = He pinched Marta. cf. sacubi.   
   cuci    vt. 1. clean. 2. wash.   
   cuci mulut    vi. 1. rinse the mouth. 2. Eat a snack.   
   cucu    n. 1. grandchild. cf. cece. 2. string (of things impaled upon a strand of rattan or bamboo bark). Ikang itu barapa satu cucu, nyoong? = How much for a string of those fish, young man? v. impale. Cucu akang deng lidi sapotong. = Impale it with a piece of coconut leaf midrib.   
   cui    see burung cui.   
   cuka minya    itj. an exclamation of frustration.   
   cukardeleng    itj. An exclamation of frustration.   
   cukarica    itj. an exclamation of frustration.   
   cuki    vt. (vulgar) fuck. Dia cuki Suus. = He fucked Suus. PAN tukik, poke, prod, peck   
   cuki mai    itj. a vulgar exclamation of frustration and disgust.   
   cuki minya    itj. a vulgar expression of frustration.   
   cuma    adv. just, only. Cuma lima = only five.   
   cungkel    v. dig up using a sharp implement with a prizing motion. Also ungkel.   
   cupa    n. sweetened condensed milk can used for measuring.   
   daah    itj. 1. hello. 2. goodbye.   
   daam    n. checkers.   
   dacing    n. scales for weighing rice, sugar, copra, etc.   
   
 
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