Languages

Nakanai

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Introduction

Nakanai is a language of Papua New Guinea. It is spoken in West New Britain Province, Hoskins district, northwest coast. 42 villages. .

Dialects

Bileki (Lakalai, Mamuga, Muku), Losa (Auka, Loso), Maututu, Ubae (Babata), Vere (Tarobi, Vele).

The Nakanai Verb

Sample Verbs

to biteala, ale, gari, gati, koro, lamata la fogo le voto, tolo
to blowlololovi, pusu, vahi, vai
to breathela-hate, lala, lalahate
to burnea selu, goho, goo, karere, tulu
to buyloto
to chewea mamama, gari, kamuta
to choosehilovi, isu
to climbgo-ata, sae, tie
to comeea gomaimai, go-mai
to cookea fu fu, ea gugutu, ea kuku
to countgigi, gigigi
to cryea faifali, tali
to cut, hackololo, tolo, tubi, vari
to die, be deadea peo, peho
to digoli
to dreamla filaga, taga, tagabara
to drinkea liuliu
to eatalali, ani
to fallboru, paru
to fearfafaga, matau, taga
to flowsali
to flylovo, lovolovo
to growkusi, tu tu bu, tubu
to hearea lololo
to hidetari-kokovu
to hitkue, vaikokue
to holdabi, sau, sau-..., saufola
to huntmamata, vamusi
to killbili, ea bilia
to know, be knowledgeableea rovia, mari, rovi
to laughlege, lege lege
to lie downmavuta, totopaha
to live, be alivemahuli, maulu-uli, oio
to open, uncoverea kope
to plantea ga lu, galu
to pound, beatkatu, voro
to sayea vakara kara, mago, vai, vei
to scratch(ea) kaikasi (la vovola), ea makasilia, kasi
to seeea iloilo, hilo
to sewsahi, saisai
to shootkapiti, ubi, ubu bi
to sitea pou pou
to sleepea mamavuta
to sniff, smellasaso
to spitkafupe, kapute, kavarasi, kavurasi
to splitgali, sulu, sulu po la
to squeezebebe, pulopulo
to stab, pierceea fagu, tagu, ubi
to standea magirigiri, magiri
to stealpakali
to suckkamu, susu, sususu, tomu
to swell(la vovola) sogo, buku, pore
to swimea pupuru
to thinkgabutatala, gabu-tatala
to throwlaba, pigi
to tie up, fastenkisi, solo, vuu
to turnvulo, vuvulo
to walkea fa fuga, ea fuga, tuga
to vomit(ea) kala lua, kalalua
to workigogolu, igo-golu, vulal...
to yawnea falamaha, tolo|maa, tolomaha

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