Languages

Nias

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Introduction

Nias is a language of Indonesia. It is spoken in North Sumatra Province. Nias, Batu islands off west coast. Northwest dialect: Alasa area, west in Sirombu and Mandrehe areas; Central dialect: Gomo area, south in Teluk Dalam and Batu islands. .

Dialects

Central Nias, North Nias (Gunung Sitoli), Northwest Nias, South Nias, West Nias.

The Nias Verb

Sample Verbs

to biteusu
to blowmo-bura
to breathemo-hanuhanu
to burntunu
to buy[b]õli
to chewmo-ŋaŋa
to choosefili
to climbnõi
to comemõi
to cooklõma, rino
to countfaya
to crymeʔe, mo-weŋuweŋu
to cut, hackhuta, tata
to die, be deadmate
to digkoʔo
to dreamifi
to drinkinu
to eatmaŋamaŋa
to falltoru
to feartaʔu
to flowmo-hohou
to flymu-hombo
to hearroŋo
to hidebiniʔõ
to hittifa
to holdoxõ, tuyu
to huntalu
to killbunu
to know, be knowledgeableila
to laughtaw̃a
to live, be alivemo-noso
to open, uncoverboka
to planttanõ, taru
to pound, beattutu
to sayw̃aʔõ
to scratchxaʔa
to seeila
to sewafu, tagu
to shootfana
to sitdao
to sleepm-õrõ
to sniff, smellago
to spitilo
to splitsila, weha
to squeezefera
to stab, piercetuo
to standma-oso
to stealluʔa, tagõ
to sucksiõ
to swellbao, mu-lõta
to swimmo-laŋi
to thinkwai
to throwhandro, tebu
to tie up, fastenbugõ
to walkfanõ
to vomitm-uta
to workilo
to yawn

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