Languages

Marshallese

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Introduction

Marshallese is a language of Marshall Islands. It is spoken in Also in Nauru, United States. .

Dialects

Rälik, Ratak. Dialects inherently intelligible. Ujelang, the westernmost island, has slightly less homogeneous speech. Lexical similarity: 33% with Pohnapeian (See: Pohnpeian).

The Marshallese Verb

Sample Verbs

to biteki-jiy, kik, kkij, kki-j
to blowuuk, wiwik, wiwiki-(y)
to breathemenono
to burnttil
to buywia, wiyah
to chewmeme
to choose(kka)-yalyél, jedkā
to climbwanlōŋ
to comeatok
to cookkōmat
to countbénbén, bōnbōn, wate-k, watwat
to cryjaŋ, jaŋi-t
to cut, hackjay, jekjek, jepak
to die, be deadméj, mej
to digkōb, tiwij(iy), ttéw
to dreamtteņa-k, ttōņak
to drinkidaak, inim, li-me-, ni-me-
to eatkaikai, kaŋ, mʷeŋay
to fallbuŋ
to fearmijak, mi-jak
to floweooļ, heļ
to flykā-
to growddek, dedek
to hearreŋʷ, roŋ
to hide(til)-yékyék, kaattilōklōk
to hitṃanṃan
to holdkukuul
to killṃanṃan, mʷanmʷan
to know, be knowledgeable(j)-ahjéy, jeļā, kiley
to laughkajji-réyréy, lelejkakkak
to lie downbʷahbʷiw, eļļok
to live, be aliveméwir, mour
to open, uncovererļok
to plantkallib
to pound, beatjikʷjikʷ, jikʷjikʷiy, jukjuk, nin
to sayba, bʷah
to scratchjukkwe, kar
to seelale, lew-(ey), llew
to sewkeke
to shootlippoņ
to sitjijet, jiyjōt
to sleepmajirʷ, mājur
to sniff, smell(ya)-teŋʷ, kōnāmnām
to spitiadatōltōl
to splitbʷel-ŋak, bōrrā
to squeezekkeeņ[e]
to stab, piercebwiār
to standjiw-(tak), ju|tak
to stealkawat, koot
to suckninnin, niŋniŋ
to swellbʷbʷej, bōbok
to swimaō, haheh
to thinkmaŋ, ļōmņak
to throwkad, kadey, kadkad
to tie up, fastenkōbobo, pawpéw, yawyéw
to turnjeor
to walketetal, yetal
to vomitmʷmʷéj, mōṃōj
to workjerbal, jerbʷal
to yawnmebbōļa

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