Abau - English
me weih-a-weih to convince, try to change opinion
me wor-a-wor to give advice, guide
me woro woro to plead, encourage??
me wowrpawowr to rebuke, correct, discipline
me-sopok ask God se mesopok pray
mei long nop mei non a long post enekwei mei non a long time mei-pey long (used as adjective and adverb) enekwei mei-a-mei hay a very long time Vanimo mei-aw mon lwak Vanimo is far away.
meik on the third day Hakwe meik hane yier mon ma-ley. I will go back to my village on the third day.
mein 1 stone mein-pow big stone?? yeik-mein very hard stone, also very good for cooking yawp-mein river stone, not so good for cooking, (cracks easily)
mein 2 front of the canoe yeyk-mein front of the canoe
mein 3 poison, sorcery 2. sok mein non. 2. a poisonous snake hane mein la sorcery has been performed on me.
mein 4 stone hano a hokwe mein non po meio my house is built with stone mein-owon money (lit: half round stones)
mein-hu-yia hot water, (expression comes from water that was made hot by hot stones) Hu hokwe mein-hu-yia se hieyn-aw nuw-oum. The water is really hot like the water made hot by stones out the fire.
mein-kiowp still, silent Hiykwe ok lopa liwak, mein-kiowp. He sat completely silent. liwak meinkiowp peace loving, not trying to defend or offend
mein-pow big stone? boulder?
meinmein strong, inflexible Hiykwe lwak meinmein yay. He stood like stone. (Idiom: Not willing to change one's mind)
meinowon half of stones, money ihey mo mein-owon money
meio work, make a se meio build the house mey meio do work meio hniyhniy yay working hard non-stop meio loun-loun practice meio lweyn lweyn wasting time while working meio sese work hard becoming exhausted mays meio?? way wind the cane around and around
meir 3 number Yabru uwrsa mo meir mokwe ayaw mon lie. The number of Yabru people is growing.
meir 2 border line Hu ompeys ma lowhuwn so meir hokwe, pamow sok lwak. The marking point of the recent flood was up to our knees.
meir 1 to mark, outline Hakwe a se ley meir e ley. I will go and measure out the house. memeir compare, define meir lor cut the right size now me meir say measure the trees (plural)