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
   ale    prn. you (singular, non-deprecating). cf. ose.   
   almanaak    n. calendar.   
   alminiong    aluminum   
   alor    n. canyon, ravine.   
   alu-alu    n. pestle used for pounding. cf. lasoong.   
   alus    adj. 1. fine. Tapong alus = fine-grained flour. Banaang alus = fine thread. 2. refined. Orang2 alus = refined people. 3. little. An-ana alus - little children. Ikang alus = Very small fish.   
   alus-alus    adv. very fine. Cincang akang alus-alus. = Chop it up very fine.   
   ama    n. (used in affectionate address) father, son.   
   amandel    n. tonsil.   
   amarika    n. America. adj. American.   
   amatoo    itj. Farewell. Malay from Arabic salamat.   
   ambal    n. traditional cassava food of Kai Islanders.   
   amblas    adj. completely used up or gone without a trace.   
   ambu-ambu    adj. frayed, tasseled.   
   ampa    n. & adj. four.   
   ampa kant    adj. rectangular.   
   ampas    n. particle.   
   ampas gargaji    n. sawdust.   
   ampas kasbi    n. cassava meal.   
   ampas kayu    n. sawdust.   
   ampas tarigu    n. a small ball-shaped cake made of wheat flower and sugar.   
   ampong    n. forgiveness. Dia minta ampong. = He asked for forgiveness.   
   an-ana    see ana-ana.   
   ana    n. child. prn. (of a young person) he, she.   
   ana bawang    n. person who is allowed to go through the motions of something (especially a game) but not taken seriously as a real actor.   
   ana bakambar    n. twin child or children.   
   ana bua    n. follower, crew member. cf. masnait.   
   ana mantu    n. son-in-law or daughter-in-law.   
   ana piara    n. foster child.   
   ana tiri    n. stepchild.   
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