Languages

Kwaio

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Introduction

Kwaio is a language of Solomon Islands. It is spoken in Central Malaita island. .

Dialects

More similar to Kwara’ae (See: Kwara’ae?) than to ’Are’are (See: ’Are’are?).

The Kwaio Verb

Sample Verbs

to biteʔala[si-a]
to blowfulu
to breathemaŋo
to burngofu-a
to buyfoli-a
to chewmeʔe, meme-a
to climbfane
to comeleka mai
to cooknulafi-a
to countidumi-a
to cryani
to cut, hacktofu-a
to die, be deadmae
to digtakʷe-a
to dreambole-a
to drinkgoʔufiʔa
to eatoso
to fallʔesia
to fearmaʔu
to flowafe
to flylofo
to growbilaʔo
to hearloŋa-a
to hidenagʷa
to hitkʷaʔi-a
to holddau
to huntfana
to killkʷaʔi-a
to know, be knowledgeablesuʔai
to laughʔosa
to lie downeno
to live, be alivetoʔolu
to open, uncoveraʔe-a
to plantanomi-a
to pound, beatgumuli-a
to sayili-a
to scratchfai-a
to seeagasi-a
to sewtai-a
to sittoʔolu
to sleepeno
to sniff, smellmokofi-a
to spitŋisu
to splitgaafitalia
to squeezefilo-a
to stab, pierceʔotomi-a
to standula
to steallole-a, togi-a
to suckmodoa
to swellboʔo, ubu
to swimbalaʔau
to thinkmadafi-a
to throwʔui-a
to tie up, fastengaua
to turnbulasi-a
to walkleeleka
to vomitmoa
to worktauŋaʔiŋa
to yawnakʷai

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