Languages

Tawala

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Introduction

Tawala is a language of Papua New Guinea. It is spoken in Milne Bay Province, Alotau district, Awaiama to East Cape, Milne Bay north and south shores, Sideia and Basilaki islands. .

Dialects

Awayama (Awaiama, Awalama), Bohilai (Basilaki, Bohira’i), Diwinai (Divinai), Huhuna, Kehelala (East Cape, Keherara), Labe (Rabe), Lelehudi, Sideya (Sideia), Yaleba (Ealeba, Gwavili, Gwawili, Wagawaga).

The Tawala Verb

Sample Verbs

to biteuna
to blowhuwe
to breatheagohiweyana
to burnalahi
to buygimala
to chewani
to choosewinagana
to climbgeini, omgeina
to comenei
to cookulona
to counthiyawa
to crytou
to cut, hackhapi
to die, be deadhilage
to dighala
to dreamluboni
to drinkuma
to eatam
to fallpeu
to fearhiyo
to flowdididi
to flylupa
to growlata
to hearnonola
to hidelugowadeya
to hitkwapu
to holdwogo
to hunthalo
to killwilawihi
to laugh(wi)nama
to lie downeno
to live, be alivelauyagohana
to open, uncoverhoe
to plantnugohi
to pound, beatpihaga
to saypa
to scratchkila
to seegale
to sewhilama
to shootlauni
to sittugula
to sleepeno
to sniff, smellpuguna
to spithowa
to splitluhaya
to squeezeombuyobuyo
to stab, piercelunagili
to standtowolo
to stealdanene
to suckhanalema
to swellhahana
to swimtuba
to thinknugotuhu
to throwwihulu
to tie up, fastenluduli
to turnbui
to walknae
to vomitmeda
to workdewa
to yawnlumowa

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