Languages

Waima

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Introduction

Waima is a language of Papua New Guinea. It is spoken in Central Province, Bereina district, near Kairuku, Hall Sound shores, between Yule island and mainland, northwest of Port Moresby. .

Dialects

Paitana, Roro, Waima. Roro and Paitana populations smaller and scattered. Lexical similarity: 45% with Kuni (See: Kuni) (most similar), 99% among all 3 dialects. All agree Waima is the main dialect.

The Waima Verb

Sample Verbs

to bite-[a]ra
to blowabu
to burnkine
to buykawa, mo-kawa-na
to chewhua, momo
to comeaba nemai, omai
to cryhai
to cut, hackhara, kabe
to die, be deadari
to dighabi
to dreamnibi
to drinkinu
to eatani
to fallheʔo
to feartaʔu
to flyrobo
to growobu
to hearaia-na, ao-na
to hithaʔu
to killkuahu ari
to know, be knowledgeableiovi-na
to laughmóiriiri
to lie downenosi
to live, be alivemauri
to open, uncoverkaikau
to plantbato
to sayabi, emu-abi, mo-abi, ne-abi
to scratchka|paʔi
to seeita-
to sewtai
to shootpisi
to sitmomiasi
to sleepneparua, párua
to sniff, smellsimi-, waiha simi-na
to spitatósi
to standmo-kórosi
to stealbainau
to swellbua
to swimnaʔu
to thinkmo|raunana
to throwkapo
to tie up, fastenmotóbana, toba
to walkao, hamákaʔao
to vomitaióra
to workaka, uma aka
to yawnmawa

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