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
   dar    see dari.   
   dara    n. 1. blood. 2. a place more landward from here. Mari katoong nae ka dara. = Let's go ashore. Ant. lao.   
   dara ayang    n. wart.   
   dareem    n. steel drum. Also droom, toong.   
   dari    vi. move from. Beta dari dara ka lau. I made my way from inland towards the sea. prp. from.   
   dari balakang    adv. afterwards.   
   dari muka    adv. from before.   
   darurat    adj. temporary (of a building).   
   dasar    adj. temporary (of a building).   
   dasi    n. necktie.   
   dati    n. Property of a clan.   
   dayong    n. oar. v. row.   
   dayung    see dayong.   
   deek    n. deck.   
   dego-dego    n. traditional Moluccan bed.   
   dekeng    vt. cover, serve as body guard for. Maju, nanti beta dekeng balakang = go ahead, and I will cover our rear.   
   dendeng    n. cured meat, jerky.   
   deng    prp. 1. together with. Beta pii deng Ateng. = I went with Ateng. 2. using. Pukul akang deng martelu. = Hit it with a hammer. crd. and. Orang tua deng ana2 = Adults and children.   
   dengang    see deng.   
   dengar    v. 1. listen. 2. hear. 3. obey. dengar dengarang, v. obey.   
   dengarang    n. parental advice. Ana tar suka dengar dengarang. = Disobedient child.   
   depa    n. fathom. v. step across. Depa goot. = Step across the gutter.   
   desel    n. adze.   
   detiik    n. second (of time).   
   di muka    prp. 2. in front of. 2. before in time.   
   difan    n. couch, sofa.   
   dinamo    n. electric motor or generator.   
   dinas    n. government or military service. adj. pertaining to government or military service. Pakeang dinas, uniform.   
   dinding    n. wall of a house or a room, partition.   
   dinging    adj. 1. cold. 2. damp.   
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