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Babatana

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Introduction

Babatana is a language of Solomon Islands. It is spoken in East Choiseul island. .

Dialects

Avasö, Babatana, Katazi, Kuboro (Kumboro), Lömaumbi, Sengan (Senga, Sengga, Sisingga). Related to Ririo (See: Ririo).

The Babatana Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitekakiti, lɔmbe, lombe, lube, lumbe
to blowvesɛle, vəsele, vəssele, vusili
to breathenasapuae, ŋasapua, ŋasapuka
to burnkatu, kœmo, seibe, sembi, səmbe, sumbi, vakiti
to chewposala
to climbzɔ puka
to comeme, me[i], məe, zo me, zome
to cookleile, neigoto, sireke
to count[ki] kia, kikia, nea, ŋea, ŋia, ŋœe
to cryqila, ŋgela, ŋgila
to cut, hackⁿdɨle, iseke, kundiki, ngito, pɒtte, puti, putte, tɔma, toma, vɨle, vele, ŋgeto, ŋgito
to die, be deadle, li, lē
to digɣara, pára, para, rapa, sola
to dreampapavika
to drinkakimbi, ɨke, ɣakimbi, ɣœkimbi, əkembi, œkembi
to eataki, ɣaki, ɣœki
to fallsuru
to fearese, isi, isini, zisi
to flowelo, njarara, nĵarara, nĵunĵolu, nĵunĵulu, vuka, zarara, zazara, zozo, zuzulu
to flykiri, rɛri, reri, rərri, riki, riri, sɨre, serre, sərre, sire
to growpouto
to hearase, ate, ɣate, vanata
to hidepeka
to hitrɔmba, rəmbɔ, səmma, sima, sœma, vəi sɨma, vui, vœe
to holdlia, paletərə, paletœro, paletœrœ
to huntqaqa roroko, saraka, tavi
to killvæevale, vöévále, vəe, vue, vui, vuivale, vœevaie
to know, be knowledgeableútini, utini, vutini
to laughbére, mbɛre, mbere
to lie downbokolo, kele, kolle, mbəkolo, mbikɔlo, mbikolo, mbœkkolo
to live, be alivetɔ, to, tu
to open, uncoverdeike
to plantteba
to saypinjɔ, pinĵo, sasei, səna, sənna, tənne, ŋióro
to scratchkikiraka, taⁿdʒáluku, ŋgiro
to seemia, mimí, ndɔndoro, ri
to sewsɔsola, sə́ra, səra, sərra, sira
to shootpɨqo
to sitsuki, tonunu, toŋunu, tuŋunu
to sleeppamu, pawi, tutuda
to sniff, smellnæmbœ, nanambu, nəmbo, nœmbo, nœmbœ
to spitkokosu, kukusu
to splitiseke, leva, lipeke, lipiki, tazisaka, taŋga, viliki, zisiki
to squeezemɔnjo, munĵo, pʌŋgo, pəŋgɔ, pongo, poqo, purisi, puŋgo, ŋguru
to stab, pierceⁿdɨle, pəŋgo, pœŋgo, pœŋgœ, tuzo
to standdire, ndɛre, ndere
to stealpɔrosəkko, sʌkko, siko, soko
to sucknurepe, nuripi
to swellmbuɣusu, mbuili, pɔtere, tumbu
to swimaraŋa, síqe, sɛŋge, seŋge, ŋgavelo
to thinknanana, nənana, nənə, nœni
to throwvavana
to tie up, fastennekese, nukese, nukisi, pəkka, pərre, pose, pukiti
to turnlemboro, ləŋa, lœŋgoso, mbitiŋim liŋgisi, talemboro, taliŋgoso, viuru
to walktati, zó, zɔzɔ, zo, zo nĵolo, zo poka, zo puka, zo zolo, zozó, zozo
to vomitndɔla, ndola, ndula
to workⁿjaⁿju, njanju, nĵanĵu, zazu
to yawngögöpasa

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