Languages

Dobu

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Introduction

Dobu is a language of Papua New Guinea. It is spoken in Milne Bay Province, Esa’ala district, Sanaroa, Dobu, parts of Fergusson and Normanby islands. 500 villages. .

Dialects

Central Dobu, Galubwa, Loboda (Dawada-Siausi, Roboda), Sanaroa, Ubuia. Lexical similarity: 56% with Molima (See: Molima) (most similar).

The Dobu Verb

Sample Verbs

to bite'enina
to blowtoa
to breatheiawasi-na
to burn'arasi
to buygimwani, lagwa
to chew'uta'uta
to choose'ita'i'isi-'esinua
to climbtu'e
to come'u da ma
to cooke'ure
to countiapu, sawa
to crydedo, dedoi
to cut, hacktara
to die, be deadmwawasa
to digsala
to dreammadawara
to drinknuma
to eate'ai
to fallsagu
to fearmatauta
to flowdaudau
to flytaea
to growtabwa
to hearnono
to hidee kwaia
to hit'unu
to holdgiai
to hunttore
to kill'unu
to know, be knowledgeablepanaita, sinapuna
to laughedagi
to lie down'eno'eno
to live, be alivebobo'a-na, maiawasi-na
to open, uncovergigege
to plantaso
to pound, beatdai
to saygwae, ona
to scratchwaro
to see'ita
to sewsaisaila
to shoottupu
to sitmiatoa
to sleep'eno
to sniff, smellmui
to spitgiwara
to splittara si'aa
to squeezebibi
to stab, piercebadi
to standtoro
to steal'anaw|ara, 'ipwara
to sucksususu
to swellpulu, sesea
to swimtube
to thinknuena
to throw'ule
to tie up, fastenlosipwa
to turnasi'i
to walklopilidadana
to vomitmaiwa
to workguinua
to yawnmwawa

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