Abau - English


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meir-meirvtry, experimentKiaw se kwa lokin meir-meir ir e.Just try the drum out by hitting on it.
meirorntree (sp.)
mekow
mekweyOK, Really?Hakwe hano ney hakamay hiy hano meinowon me ma mon swakawk se lira menkin, hakwe senkin me, "Mekwey, hakwe senkin nan liok, hunkwe liy mon swakawk ha ley."When I saw my oldest son who lost my money, I said to him, "Really, I thought that you would lose any money.
mekwowEXCL.really, true, good grief
memawvaccuseHane kokwe puraw peie memaw kow o, hakwe yokun la pa.You should not accuse me without ground, I did not steal food.
membanmember (political, Tok Pisin loanword)
memengoat (Tok Pisin loan word)
memeirvtry, size up, estimateYeyk se hiok memeir ir e.Try out the canoe. (by paddling)
menianside wall, low rooms made by extending the thatched roof.Sa sokruan homkwe paraw kokwe menia mon wayr sokway.In the past the young women stayed in the 'siderooms' of the house.menia kamon piarfence in the side wall of the houseSa prueyn hokwe haya liwak, a-menia mon.The woman sat at the side wall of the house while having her perioda-meniaside of the house
menieynnrascal, bad peoplemenieyn nopre amayou bad people (address to frighten or warn strongly)
menkinthe other side of the waterYeyk non menki mon lokuan.to cross to the other side by canoe
menkinConnwhenHakwe Vanimo mon lwak menkin, peik lwak.When I was at Vanimo, I was ill.
merieadvsidenanpanan merie meriepuzzled, having second thoughtslanio merie meriewalk from one side to the other
mesairvshow, demonstrate
mesayvhad result, became trueUwr sohokwe hano nene senkin lira, hiykwe po lokrue a. Ok liy-ar, hano ok kokwe mesay me.I saw that this man was going to die. And very true, my words became true.
mey3vwrite, paintmey iawonwrite down
mey2nworkmey aiopey hay meiodo a big workMey lopa hay so!You lazy guy!
mey1EXCLMreally, exclamation"Hakwe leis kokwe Apaw mon liau." "Mey?""Tomorrow I will go to the station." "Really?"
mey-a-meyadvdenyHiykwe la mey-a-mey.He denies getting any food to eat.
meyk2nparent-in-law, child-in-lawhano sa ko aio hiykwe hano meykmy wife's father is my father in law.
meyk1nroot, real meaningnow-meykthe tree rootsokpey sokukwe meyk non.this story has a meaning
meykiadvafterhno meyki mon lorokstanding behind youhno meyki mon lousneit happened after you left (or came)
meykyaynsideways, edgeHyo a hokwe yawp meykyay mon lwak.His house was at the edge of the river.
meyovdo in a magic way, perform superblyHiykwe mon sokukwe irweyk-eyn mon meyo meyo.He is handling that thing in a superb way.