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
   aer meti    n. adj. adv. low tide.   
   aer mulu    n. spittle.   
   aer nae    n. adj. adv. rising (of the tide). Su aer nae ka blong? = Is the tide rising yet or not?   
   aer neira    n. palm wine at an early stage of fermentation. cf. muur.   
   aer nira    see aer neira.   
   aer pasang    n. full tide.   
   aer pono    n. adj. adv. full tide.   
   aer salobar    n. brackish water.   
   aer susu    n. milk   
   aer tawar    n. fresh water.   
   aer turung-nae    n. tidal wave, tsunami.   
   afiong    n. spinning top. Moluccans carve these from hardwood, set a nail in their point, and smooth their surfaces by scraping with a shard of broken glass. Such tops are spun by throwing while jerking a cord.   
   afooker    adj. unusable, unserviceable.   
   agama    n. religion.   
   agar-agar    n. agar, and desserts made from agar.   
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