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
   ba-bae    see bae-bae.   
   baaer    adj. watery.   
   baak    n. water tank made of concrete or stone.   
   baan    n. 1. band, belt. 2. drive belt. 3. conveyance tire made of rubber.   
   baas    n. boss.   
   baasap    adj. smoky.   
   babalu    v. go on a sago harvesting expedition. Dong ada pii babalu di Serang. = They have gone harvesting sago in Seram. PAN palu?, hit hard. PAN palu, adze.   
   babasa    adj. wet.   
   babaso    v. wash clothes. Ata ada pii babaso di aer. = Ata has gone to the stream to wash clothes.   
   babatu    vi. 1. cough. 2. suffer from a cough. a. rocky.   
   babengka    see bubengka.   
   babi    n. 1. pig. 2. pork.   
   babi fufu    n. smoked pork.   
   babi kecap    n. a dish prepared from pork and soy sauce.   
   babintang    adj. splotched.   
   babintol    adj. having bumps.   
   babostok    adj. banged up, as the face after a beating. --Roy Sekewael.   
   babua    v. bear fruit. adj. muscular. Ontua badang babua satu. = A very muscular old man.   
   babulu    adj. hairy, fuzzy, furry.   
   babunga    v. bloom. adj. 1. flowery. 2. striped, spotted, variegated.   
   babunyi    v. make a noise, generate sound.   
   bacampor    v. meddle. Ana kacil jang bacampor deng orang to-tua pung urusang = Little children do not meddle in adult affairs.   
   bacang    n. A mango tree. Also kuini.   
   bacebo    v. wash the anus. cf. cebo.   
   bacere    v. divorce.   
   baciong    adj. be continually kissing.   
   bacubi    v. pinch. Jang suka bacubi talalu! = Do not be in the habit of pincing so much.   
   bacucu    v. have grandchildren. Ontua seng bacucu. = She has no grandchildren.   
   badaa    n. cosmetic face powder.   
   badaa dinging    n. a kind of powder mixed with water and applied to the face where it is left to dry.   
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