Mambae



About Me and My Language

First name:Jacinta
Your last name:Mendonca
E-mail: jacintam@hawaii.edu
Preferred name(s) of your language:Mambae
Alternative names: Mambai, Manbae
Language classification: Central Malayo-Polynesian Language
Geographical areas where spoken: South Coast of Dili, particularly in Ainaro and Manufahi district.
Approximate number of monolingual speakers:80,000
Approximate number of fluent speakers: 80,000
Other languages spoken in area/country: Tetum, Portuguese, & Indonesian
Official language(s) in your country: Portuguese and Tetum
Language(s) used at school as a child: Mambae
Language(s) used by teachers today: Portuguese
Do the representatives of neighboring ethnic groups learn to speak your language: No
If the answer to the above question is yes, please specify: N/A
Does your language have a widely accepted writing system? No
If you answered yes, what materials are written? N/A

Mambae Word List

English TetumMambae
1 head ulun
kuta hatu
2 hair fu'uk
ulun
3 ear tilun
kikan noran
4 nose inus
inu kai
5 tongue nanal
lamalaun
6 tooth nehan
nifan
7 eye matan
matan
8 mouth ibun
kukun
9 beard hasan raun
kukun hulun
10 chin/jaw hasan
fau lolon
11 shoulder/upper arm kabas
k'bas
12 upper arm kabas
auhlan
13 hand liman
niman
14 thumb liman fuan
niman snakan
15 neck kakorok
k'diun
16 breasts susun
susun
17 rib/torso hirus matan
iru matan
18 belly kabun
baen
19 guts kabun laran
baen lalan
20 heart fuan
huan
21 liver aten
aten
22 navel husar
fusan
23 kidney rins
troan
24 body hair isin fulun
eta hulun
25 penis penis
lasan
26 testicles manu tolun
lasan huan
27 vulva vagina
fuin
28 back kotuk
hoho teten
29 right (hand) liman los
liman hanan
30 left (hand) liman karuk
liman toin
31 lungs pulmao
kobon
32 excrement liur kik
kui keran
33 vein urat
ramun
34 thigh/leg kelen
fan
35 knee ain tunur
wen tunur
36 leg kelen
wen baen
37 ankle ain matan
wen k'diu
38 heel ain tuba
wen biu
39 foot ain
wen tuban
40 blood ran
lara
41 bone ruin
ruin
42 skin kulit
litan
43 sore (n) kanek
huka
44 fat (n) bokurtaru
45 sweat kosarmolan
46 tears matan benmata eran
47 father amanapa
48 mother inanama
49 child oananan
50 man manemaina
51 woman fetohina
52 husband kaben manekaben maina
53 wife kaben fetokaben hine
54 name narankala
55 person pesoaema
56 uncle (paternal) tionai
57 uncle (maternal) tionai
58 house umafada
59 door oda matanda matan
60 story istoriaistori
61 pig fahihaiha
62 tusk inus ruininu ruin
63 dog asuausa
64 louse utuuta
65 fly (n) semoluh
66 snake sameasolaia
67 egg manutolunmaun telon
68 bird manumauna
69 animal animalanima
70 mosquito susuksuska
71 fish ikanikan
72 rat laholaha
73 shark tiberauntiberaun
74 whale baleiabaleia
75 butterfly borbaletabirbon
76 wing liraslilan
77 ant neheknehka
78 dolphin
79 grasshopper gafanyotukerkasa
80 scorpion
81 starfish fitunhiuta
82 tail ikuneon
83 turtle lenuklenuk
84 spider web labadainlaklaowa
85 feather manu fulunmaun hulun
86 meat nansisa
87 food hahansauna
88 yam fehuk midaruhlaen
89 taro talasbala
90 sugarcane tohuteuha
91 tree ai hunaifun
92 leaf ai tahanainora
93 coconut nu'unoa
94 banana hudimua
95 breadfruit kulu kulur
96 flower ai funanai hetun
97 fruit ai fuanai huan
98 grass du'utkura
99 root abutramun
100 woods aiaia
101 sun loron matanlelmatan
102 moon fulanhula
103 star fitunhiuta
104 cloud kalohansohar
105 water beera
106 rain udanusa
107 river motasloka
108 sand rai henekrai henek
109 stone fatukhauta
110 salt masinsia
111 mountain fohohoha
112 fire sunusul
113 smoke fumafuma
114 ashes anar u'ut/anar rahunaifluka
115 road dalandan
116 wind aninkeula
117 lightning ahiaifa
118 rainbow arquariusmailakaslor
119 earth rairaia
120 earthquake rai nakadokoehelakau
121 hole kuakkuan
122 thunder rai lakannambira
123 fog     kalohan nakukunnamakokar
124 lake motasloka
125 sea tasitaisa
126 seed musanhuan
127 sky kalohansohar
128 stick ai tongkaai tutun
129 firewood ai sunu nianaiboa
130 mud tahutitmoken
131 wave ondaslalorantu
132 foam balaunbulaun
133 canoe ro'ofroa
134 paddle haihnian
135 anchor
136 snail karakolkikdiuwa
137 dust rai rahunrai afon
138 rope talitaila
139 bow
140 arrow ramarama
141 knife tudikniura
142 axe baleutauwa
143 digging stick lesuliusa
144 hook sabitkaten kleu
145 spear dimasaun hatin
146 clay oven sana raiuraiya
147 fight (n) tuku malutut ro
148 black metanmetan
149 white mutinbuti
150 red meanmera
151 yellow laranjadaura
152 green verdekmoro
153 blind matan atmatan klau
154 deaf tilun diukkikan ba
155 big bottu
156 small kik oanloban
157 good diakkode
158 bad a'atklau
159 cooked tasakmami
160 dead matemaeta
161 dry marankmeka
162 wet bokuntita
163 lazy barukbaruk
164 heavy todanrihu
165 light kamanlehe
166 sick morasban
167 cold malirinmlala
168 warm mornamahun
169 dirty foerrai
170 clean mo'osmo
171 dull la kruatba hati
172 long naruknarun
173 narrow klotlefa
174 new founheu
175 old for thing tuanakin
176 right lo'oslo
177 wrong sala/ la lo'ossal
178 rotten dodokbroe
179 sharp kruathati
180 short badakbadan
181 smooth kabernala
182 straight lo'oslo
183 thick maharhoko
184 thin mi'isnire
185 wide luanmlua
186 one idaid
187 two ruaru
188 three toluteul
189 four ha'atfat
190 five limalim
191 six ne'enneen
192 seven hituhiut
193 eight waluwoulu
194 nine siasia
195 ten sanulusakul
196 few balunsseri
197 other selukselun
198 some balunbaiseri
199 many barukkletesorbalu
200 who se'esen
201 what saidasabid