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
   bardaya    n. the usually violent southwest wind.   
   bardosa    adj. sinful. itj. exclamation of calamity.   
   bareet    n. 1. soldier of the RMS. 2. beret.   
   barekeng    v. calculate. Jang sala barekeng. = Do not miscalculate. cf. rekeng.   
   barenti    v. stop. Also stoop.   
   baress    n. bed of the type built in walang shelters.   
   baribot    v. be noisy, make noise.   
   baringing    see pohong baringing.   
   baringos    v. be afflicted with excess nasal mucus, as during a cold.   
   barliang    n. diamond.   
   barmaeng    v. 1. play. 2. do repeatedly, especially as part of some strategy. Ontua barmaeng luur dari atas tembok. He employed the strategy of peeping over the wall.   
   barmaeng mata    v. use oness eyes for purposes of sexual attraction.   
   barnaang    v. swim.   
   baroba    v. 1. medicate. Baroba akang deng salaf. = Medicate it with salve. 2. receive medical treatment. Dia ada pi baroba di ruma saki. = He has gone to receive treatment at the hospital. 3. change. Akang baroba jaji kopu-kopu. = It turned into a butterfly.   
   barsii    adj. clean.   
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