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
   arang    n. charcoal.   
   arang batu    n. charcoal.   
   arap    n. Arab. adj. Arabian.   
   areng-areng    adv. with no trimmings of any kind, with nothing else. Dia makang nasi areng-areng. = He is eating plain rice.   
   ari-ari    n. a pole lashed to the outrigger spars of a canoe so as to lie just above and parallel to its gunnel.   
   arloji    n. timepiece worn on ones person. cf. lonceng, jam.   
   arombae    n. large planked canoe having no outriggers. Also belang.   
   aros    n. current.   
   aruleng    n. A palm tree.   
   asal    n. origin. sbr. as long as. Beta barani, asal se mau saja. = I dare, as long as you want to.   
   asam jawa    n. A tree, the tamarind, Tamarindus indica.   
   asang    adj. sour. cf. spaat.   
   asar    v. dry over a fire. Dong ada asar kusu. = They are roasting phalanger meat. adj. baked over a fire. PAN asat, dry out, become dry. asbak, n. ash tray.   
   asfaal    n. asphault.   
   asinang    n. A food preserve made from the laxor worm.   
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