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Iban phrasebook

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Iban is a tribal language of western Borneo, spoken in Malaysia's state of Sarawak, the Indonesian state of West Kalimantan, and Brunei. There are many dialects; this phrasebook uses the Kuching dialect.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

grammar[edit]

Basic Iban grammar is easy to study. Some of the grammar is closely related to Malay grammar. Word order is verb-object-subject.

I read a book
"Macha bup aku"

Adjectives are placed after the verb

Macha bup aku

Another example:

I'm go shopping with my friend
"Raun enggau bala bakih ke pasar aku"
I search for something
" Ngigak utai aku tok"
I'm so tired
" Lelak mai aku"

Phrase list[edit]

Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help by plunging forward and translating a phrase.


Basics[edit]

  • Aku - I
  • Nuan/Dek - You
  • Aok - Yes
  • Ndak - No
  • Iti - Piece
  • Aku Kak Ngenak Jamban Dulok - I Would Like To Go To The Toilet
  • Nuan/Dek Ari Dini? - Where Are You From?
  • Nyamai Mai Utai Empak Tuk - This Food Is Quite Tasty
  • Aku Mupok Dulok - I'm going to leave first
Hello. 
. ( )
Hello. (informal
. ( )
How are you? 
 ? ( Nama brita nuan?)
Fine, thank you. 
. (Manah )
What is your name? 
 ? ( Sapa nama nuan?)
My name is ______ . 
______ . ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
. (Manah begulai enggau dik )
Please. 
. ( )
Thank you. 
. ( )
You're welcome. 
. ( )
Yes. 
. (ao )
No. 
. ( enda)
Excuse me. (anang guai lok
. ( )
Excuse me. (nyeliah ke aku dulok
. ( )
I'm sorry. 
. ( )
Goodbye 
. ( )
Goodbye (informal
. ( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
[ ]. ( enda nemu aku jako bansa nya ])
Do you speak English? 
 ? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
 ? ( bisi urang nemu jako English ditu?)
Help! 
 ! (tulung)
Look out! 
 ! (anang diak d!)
Good morning. 
. (Selamat pagi )
Good evening. 
. (Selamat lemai @ selamat ngalih ari )
Good night. 
. (selamat malam )
Good night (to sleep
. ( )
I don't understand. 
. ( endak nemu aku)
Where is the toilet? 
 ? ( Dini jamban )


Clock time[edit]

Pukul brapa diatu?


Days[edit]

Months[edit]

Colors[edit]

red

(mirah)

black

(celum)

white

(burak)

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

Directions[edit]

dictionary[edit]

Learning more[edit]

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