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
   ana yee    n. sideburns.   
   ana-ana    n. children. cf. ana.   
   anam    n. and adj. six.   
   anang    see anam.   
   anayee    n. sideburn.   
   ancor    adj and v. be or become disintegrated or crushed. itj. An exclamation of enthusiasm over great embarrasment or confusion.   
   ancor lele    adv. to the utmost. Katong pi dansa ancor lele! = We went dancing wildly.   
   ancor-ancor    adv. disintegrating completely.   
   andarinyo    n. dragonfly.   
   anemer    building contractor.   
   anene    n. money (Sawai slang). Also kepeng.   
   anfal    n. attack, especially of illness. Ontua dapa anfal tadi malang. = He had an attack last night. v. attack with overwhelming force. Islam anfal Kudamati. = The Moslems attacked Kudamati.   
   angka    n. school achievement grading. Dia dapa angka sapulu. = He got a grade of ten (100%). v. 1. lift. Angka akang taro di atas bangko. = Lift it onto the bench. 2. appoint. Dong angka ontua jaji raja. = They appointed him chief. 3. institute.   
   angka hura    v. raise a shout of triumph or joy.   
   angka nyanyiang    v. raise a song.   
   angka pela    v. institute a pela, as between two villages.   
   angka perjanjiang    v. make a collective vow.   
   angos    adj. burnt.   
   angus    see angos.   
   aniong    n. a twisted piece of cloth usually worn by women under something carried on the head. cf. dulang.   
   anjing    n. dog   
   antar    v. accompany.   
   antawali    n. A bitter medicinal herb, Tinospora tuberculata (Asilulu).   
   antik    n. common sense? An-ana seng pung natik itu. --Roy Sekewael   
   anting-anting    n. earring.   
   antua    see ontua.   
   anyer    adj. having a fishy odor.   
   anyo    v. drift.   
   aong    n. fallow ground where a garden or gardens used to be. cf. ewang. PAN wao, forest, uninhabited land.   
   apa tempo    adv. when. Apa tempo katong bakudapa? = When will we (ever) meet?   
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