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
   dagang    n. 1. business enterprise. 2. merchandise.   
   daging    n. 1. meat, flesh. 2. beef.   
   dagu    n. chin.   
   daki    n. body dirt, grime.   
   dalapang    n. and adj. eight.   
   dalima    n. A tree, the pomegranate , Punica granatum.   
   damar    n. A tree, (Arauc.) Agathis Alba, from which damar gum is obtained. 2. damar gum.   
   dame    n. peace. Ator dame suda, Go ahead and arrange a peace.   
   dangke    itj. thanks. (Usually "Dangke lai!")   
   dangsa    v. see dansa.   
   danke    itj. See dangke.   
   dano    n. lake.   
   dansa    v. dance.   
   daong    n. leaf.   
   daong biana    see daong mayana.   
   daong burung    n. A small tree, the roots of which are pounded and used in emulsions to treat skin diseases.   
   daong gatal    n. A nettle, Urtica spp.   
   daong katang-katang    n. A tree that grows in the sand along the seashore.   
   daong kikir    n. A tree, the leaves of which are used to roll cigarettes, (myrt.) rhoda.:   
   daong mayana    n. A coleus plant species, the leaves of which are used for eyedrops or as an ingredient in medicinal potions.   
   daong mayang    n. dried coconut leaf, often bundled together and tied to make torches.   
   daong siri    n. betel leaf.   
   daong takajo    n. the kind of mimosa weed whose leaves close up when touched.   
   dapa    v. 1. get. Dia dapa kepeng dari mana? = Where did he get the money? 2. find. Cari sampe dapa. = Search until you find (it). 3. get or be able to do something. Dapa lia = be able to see. Dapa pii = be able to go or get a chance to go. 4. receive the action of a verb. Dapa ciong = get kissed. Dapa pukul = get hit.   
   dapa ampong    v. receive pardon.   
   dapa colo    v. get a dunking.   
   dapa marah    v. get a scolding.   
   dapa pukul    v. get a thrashing, as for doing something wrong.   
   dapor    n. kitchen.   
   dapur    see dapor.   
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