Languages

Hano

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Introduction

Hano is a language of Vanuatu. It is spoken in North Pentecost (Raga), Whitsuntide, and south Maewo islands. .

Dialects

Nggasai (Kasai). Slight dialect differences; the last Nggasai dialect speaker died 1999.

The Hano Verb

Sample Verbs

to biteḡasi, gasi
to blowhere, uvwi
to breathemabu
to burndunu, tunu
to buyboli, voli
to chewsama
to climbhae
to comemai
to cookdu-tunu, tu-tunu
to countbului, bwiri, vului
to crydei
to cut, hackdai, tai
to die, be deadmate
to digḡeli, geli
to dreamḡita maturu-bore, gita maturu-bore
to drinkmwinu
to eatḡani, gani
to fallhovi
to fearmatagu
to flowrovo, wai-rovo
to flyḡaga, gaga
to growmauri
to hearron̄o
to hidehili
to hitbala
to holdhaḡo
to huntvanvana
to killwehi
to know, be knowledgeableilo
to laughmana
to lie downeno
to live, be aliverahu
to open, uncoverbuge, vuge
to plantrivu
to pound, beatvaho
to saybeve, veve
to scratchdaḡari, taḡari
to seeḡita, gita
to sewligo
to shootbana, vana
to sitdogo, togo
to sleepmaturu
to sniff, smellron̄ boni-
to spitlodo
to splitdai-bora, tai-bora
to squeezebwirihi, vwirihi
to stab, piercesari
to standdu, tu
to stealsura
to suckhuhu
to swellsisibo
to swimḡagaru
to thinkbinihi, vinihi
to throwboha, voha
to tie up, fastensisi
to turnban burigai
to walklago
to vomitlua
to worklol rovoga
to yawnmamaovi

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