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
   bahela    vi. be dragging. Dong manyanyi bahela lawang! = They really do drag their songs out! Ontua stori bahela = He drawls.   
   bahool    adj. convex or concave.   
   bahroteng    n. estimated cost.   
   bai    see bae.   
   bai-bai    see bae-bae.   
   baiko    vi. be following (someone) about.   
   baikole    n. A white-breasted, dark blue bird which dances on roofs and is distinguished by its song. This bird symbolizes agility in Maluku.   
   Baikole    n. The name of a famous ancient warrior.   
   bailele    n. in Ternate, the yelling noise of oarsmen or fighters, with which they express their joy and produce an artificial excitement. --de Clercq. vt. punish by forcing to walk along a path along which rattan whips have been placed for the people to whip the offender (someone who has trespassed traditio   
   baileo    n. traditional open meeting house, usually equipped with a drum.   
   bajajar    adj. in a row. Also bakujajar.   
   bajalang    v. walk. prp. 1. by way of, via. Ontua pi Ambong bajalang Passo, He went to Ambon by way of Passo. 2. on, as in "on foot." Bajalang kaki, On foot.   
   bajalang raba    v. 1. walk in the dark. 2. walk without really knowing the way.   
   bajambang    adj. whiskered, bearded.   
   bajangke    adj. contageous.   
   baji    n. wedge.   
   bajingang    adj. 1. very handsome. Spitboot bajingang satu. = A very handsome speedboat. Laki-laki bajingang satu. = A very handsome man. 2. philandering. Jang talalu bajingang. = Do not philander so much.   
   bajo kaos kutang    n. singlet.   
   baju    n. 1. shirt, blouse. 2. dress.   
   baju kous    n. teeshirt.   
   baju kurung    n. traditional dress   
   bajumor    vi. expose skin to direct sunlight. Jang suka bajumor talalu! Do not keep sunning yourself too much!   
   bajuneet    n. bayonet.   
   bak pau    n. Chinese dumpling.   
   bakaal    n. provisions, packed lunched.   
   bakabas    v. 1. thrash about. 2. flap the wings violently, as if to keep from being caught. Mangapa ayang bakabaas? = Why is (the) chicken flapping its wings?. 3. Shake the body violently, as a dog to shake off water.   
   bakaca    v. examine oneself in the mirror. cf. balobe.   
   bakalae    v. 1. quarrel. 2. fight.   
   bakalai    see bakalae.   
   bakamabar    adj. 1. twin. Ana bakambar = twin children. 2. (of fruit) having two parts or compartments instead of one.   
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