Languages

Amahai

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Introduction

Amahai is a language of Indonesia. It is spoken in Maluku Province, 4 villages. Southwest Seram island, near Masohi town. .

Dialects

Makariki, Rutah, Soahuku. Language subgroup with Iha (See: Iha?) and Kaibobo (See: Kaibobo?). Also related to Nusa Laut (See: Nusa Laut?). Lexical similarity: 87% with Makariki and Rutah dialects, probably 2 languages; 59%–69% with Saparua (See: Saparua?), 59% with Kamarian (See: Kamarian?), 58% with Kaibobo, 52% with Luhu (See: Luhu?) and Hulung (See: Hulung?), 50% with Alune (See: Alune), 49% with Naka’ela (See: Naka’ela?), 47% with Lisabata-Nuniali (See: Lisabata-Nuniali?), 45% with Wemale (See: Wemale?) and Nuaulu, 44% with Boano (See: Boano?) and Saleman (See: Saleman?).

The Amahai Verb

Sample Verbs

to biteyoko
to blowhuro
to breathenapas
to burnsunuro
to buykahe
to chewmama
to chooseakayeri
to climbka'a
to comehoka
to cookpamaka
to countnehe'e
to cryele
to cut, hackko'o
to die, be deadma'a
to digari
to dreammunie
to drinkyunu
to eatyane
to fallmnahu
to fearm'au
to flowhoono
to flysihu
to growsuhu
to hearpoono
to hidehuɲelo
to hithi'a
to holdkaka'e
to huntkasare
to killpama'a
to know, be knowledgeablekikia
to laughmoo
to lie downhuruhuru'e
to live, be alivemahai
to open, uncoverheka
to plantkahu'e
to pound, beatsu'uro
to sayrepa'e
to scratchyala
to seekeru
to sewkai
to shootpana
to sitsuwo
to sleepm'uru
to sniff, smellsuma
to spittuhura
to splitha'a
to squeezemola'e
to stab, piercesiha
to standolo
to stealnanawa
to suckmono'e
to swellpoporu
to swimannanu
to thinkpikir
to throwlape'e
to tie up, fastenho'olo
to turnpara
to walkoi
to vomitmomo'a
to workpoko tanei
to yawnamamoa

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