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
   
   agas    n. gnat, sandfly, Nematocera.   
   ahaeng    adj. shabby (of clothes, dwellings, etc. ) (Oma).   
   ahtereit    vi. reverse.   
   ajimat    adj. magical. cf. jimat.   
   aju    see adu.   
   aju-aju    v. tease by imitating.   
   ajudaan    n. a military rank or person bearing that rank.   
   akang    prn. 1. it. Taro akang di para2. = Set it on the rack. 2. thats it. Akang tuu! = Thats it! 3. the crazy, the rediculous. Akang ana kapala botak. That kid (child) with the bald head.   
   akar    n. root. Cabu deng akar-akar. = Pull it up by the roots.   
   akar bahar    n. black coral.   
   akii    n. rechargeable battery.   
   akoor    see okoor.   
   alam    see alamat   
   alamat    alamat, adj. adv. gigantic. Ruma alamat. = Gigantic house.   
   alang-alang    see kusu-kusu.   
   
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