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MENTAWAI LANGUAGE

Mentawai language becomes to Melayu Polinesia Language,
one of seven language resmi in Sumatra Island
(Aceh, Batak, Minangkabau, Malaya, Lampung, Nias and Mentawai).

River, general transportation in Mentawai

Many dialects in Mentawai, until make difficult by one place and other's meaning. But, Mentawai language is still known and understood by people at 4 islands. Siberut such as source of Mentawai language, people and custom and traditions.

Mentawai Language Structure

Mentawai language is concrete language. What they see or they feel, there are in language. Like Indonesia language, Mentawai language have suffix and infix where can make a new word.

Example Susun = full, can be as kasusun, pususun.
Root of a word Galai can be:

masi-galai doing
mugalai working
galaiakenen what can I do
sigalaiakenen What can I had been do
sigalaimai What can we do
galaijet work / make
masigalaiake bring about

Pasigelai Nganga Mentawai

Some general word for trekking in Mentawai:

English Nganga Mentawai
Hi..! / How are you Anaileoita
Thanks you Masura Bagata
Thanks you very much Surak Sabeu
You will come Simakerek
I don't know Tak kuagai
He doesn't know Tak iagai
Daddy / Father Bajak
Chief of Clan Rimata
Walking around Menung / Mugejek
I love you Kuobak Ekeu
I miss to my darling Magoa bagaku ka sibaralaket
I'm falling in love Aku belek obak
I'm sorry Bojoik
I come from... Aku bara...
Where are you going..?? Kaipa Nuei..??
May I take your photograph..?? Momoi Ku foto Ekeu..??
May I take your arrow..?? Momoi kutidou silogoi ekeu..?
Do you want some tobaccos..?? Nuo bak ubek Nekne..??
I bring you some tobaccos Akua bit kai ubek
Give me a cigarette Akek Ubek Sakaju
My cigarette is empty Asapru ubek
Give me a drink Akek lokku
Do you want some sugar..?? Nuo bak gulo nekne..??
I want to sleep Anai aku merep
What's your name Kasei Onim..??
My name is... Oning ku...
Learn Pasigelai
Morning Simancep
Midday Sitagok
Evening Sisoubok
Monkey skeleton Utet Joja
Monkey pig Utet Saina
Tattoo Titi

Number in Mentawai language:

One sara Six enem Eleven pulu sara
Two rua Seven pitu Twenty rua pilu
Three telu Eight balu One Hundred sangotu
Four epat Nine siba Two Hundred ruangotu
Five lima Ten pulu One Thousand sangaribu

 

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