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
   bara    n. hot ember.   
   baraas    n. uncooked rice.   
   baraba    adj. be using the fingers to grope or fondle (especially in private places).   
   barampa    v. meddle. Se jang barampa sabarang nanti dong pukul se. Do not meddle, or they will hit you.   
   barampas    v. engage in taking things by force.   
   barana    v. give birth. Ada parampuang barana. = A woman is giving birth.   
   barang    n. property, possession. Beta pung barang. = My property. adv. about. Ambel barang tiga. = Take about three (of them). sbr. because. Tolong cucu nene pung jarong do, barang nene pung mata su kabor. = Please thread Grandmas needle, because her eyes are clouded.   
   barang-barang    barang-barang, n. goods. Ence ada ator barang-barang di toko. - The Chinese shopkeeper is arranging his goods in the store.   
   barangkat    v. set out upon a journey, leave.   
   barangko    v. take all. Su seng ada anggrek di utang lai. Orang-orangsu barangko akang. = There are no more orchids in the forest. People have taken all of them.   
   barani    v. dare (to do something). adj. daring.   
   barapa    prn. how much or how many.   
   barasa    v. 1. taste as if tainted with. Aer ini barasa minya tana. = This water tastes like it was tainted by kerosene. to feel intuitively. Ontua barasa. = He knew intuitivel   
   Barat    n. European.   
   barat    n. west wind. adj. west.   
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