Languages

Malay, Ambonese

Fact corner

  • Language: Malay, Ambonese
  • Alternate names:: Ambonese, Ambong, Malayu Ambon, Moluccan (Maluku) Malay
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:abs
  • Language family: Creole, Malay based
  • Number of speakers: 200,000
  • Script:

Introduction

Malay, Ambonese is a language of Indonesia. It is spoken in Maluku Province. Central area: Ambon, Haruku, Nusa Laut, and Saparua islands; coastal areas of Seram island. Southern area: northwest Aru island group, Wamar island. Also in Netherlands, United States. .

Dialects

Dobo Malay. Marginal intelligibility with Indonesian (See: Indonesian). Difficult intelligibility with North Moluccan Malay (See: Malay, North Moluccan); speakers switch to Indonesian. Lexical similarity: 81% with Indonesian (See: Indonesian). Banda Malay (See: Malay, Banda?) may best be considered a dialect of Moluccan Malay (See: Malay, North Moluccan).

The Malay, Ambonese Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitegigi
to blowtiop
to breathebanapas
to burnbakar
to buybáli
to chewkuña
to choosepili
to climbnae
to comedataŋ
to cookmamasa
to countitoŋ
to crymanaŋis
to cut, hackpotɔŋ
to die, be deadmati
to diggali
to dreammimpi
to drinkminɔŋ
to eatmakaŋ
to falljato
to feartaku
to flowmaŋalir
to flytárbaŋ
to growtumbu
to heardeŋar
to hidebasambuñi
to hitpukol
to holdloko
to huntmancari
to killbunu
to know, be knowledgeabletau
to laughtatawa
to lie downtalantaŋ
to live, be alivehidop
to open, uncoverbuka
to planttaŋaŋ
to pound, beatgiliŋ
to saybilaŋ
to scratchgaru
to seelia
to sewmanjai
to shootpasaŋ
to sitduduk
to sleepsono
to sniff, smellcioŋ
to spitluda
to splitbála
to stab, piercetikaŋ
to standbadiri
to stealmancuri
to suckisap
to swellbaŋka
to swimbarnaŋ
to thinkbapikir
to throwbuaŋ
to tie up, fastenika
to turnmeŋo
to walkbajalaŋ
to vomitmunta
to workkárja
to yawnmaŋuap
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