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
   ujang lari-lari    n. fleeting shower.   
   ujang panas    n. rain that falls while the sun is shining.   
   uji    v. test.   
   ujung    n. tip, end. Also unjung.   
   ukur, ukor    v. measure.   
   ulang    v. repeat.   
   ulang paleo    vi. be repetitive.   
   ular    n. grub, worm, snake, lizard.   
   ular cincin    n. A worm that coils up into a spiral when frightened.   
   ular kawat    n. A snake.   
   ular minya    n. A worm.   
   ular panana    n. A species of poisonous lizard.   
   ular patola    n. large python. Ular patola makang ayang. = A chicken-eating python.   
   ular sagu    The sago grub, larva of the Euchirus longimanus beetle.   
   ular soa-soa    n. monitor lizard.   
   ule    n. grub, worm, caterpillar, maggot.   
   uli    n. supra- alliance (Asilulu).   
   ulu    n. hilt.   
   ulu hati    n. solar plexis.   
   ulu hati nae-nae    v. experience nausea.   
   ulu hati tacucu    v. suffer from heartburn or experience chest pains.   
   ulu parang    n. sword handle.   
   ulu piso    n. knife handle.   
   ungkel, ungkil    see cungkel.   
   ungu    adj. violet.   
   unju    v. show. Also kastunju.   
   unju falungku    v. show a fist.   
   unju jago    v. show off.   
   unju jari mae    v. give a "thumbs up" signal.   
   unju muka    v. show up, make an appearance.   
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