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Kayan phrasebook

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Kayan ( Malay : Bahasa Kayan , Kayan : Dahun Kayan) is the language spoken in Ulu Baram area in Marudi district,which is a part of Miri division of Sarawak,Malaysia and Kalimantan,Indonesia.Kayan is one of the languages which belongs to the Malayo-Polynesian branch of Austronesian language family group.It is one of the minority languages in Malaysia and Indonesia.Kayan is spoken by the Kayan tribe and it is partially intelligable with Kenyah language.Together with the tribes of Kenyah,Kelabit,Sa'ban,Lun Bawang and Penan,they were grouped together as Orang Ulu tribe.Some non- Kayan may understand the Kayan language as well.Kayan is spoken by about 30000 speakers,both in Sarawak, Malaysia and Kalimantan region of Indonesia.

Pronunciation guide

Vowels

Consonants

Common diphthongs

Phrase list

Basics

Hello. 
Kenun dengah. (ka-NOON-dunk-AH )
Hello. (informal
Nun dengah. (NOON-dunk-AH )
How are you? 
Sayu ka ika' ya? ( ?)
Fine, thank you. 
Sayu ka akui,. ( )
What is your name? 
Kenun aran ka du? ( ?)
My name is ______ . 
______ aran kui. ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
Sayu kenep deng pepsuk dahim. ( )
Please. 
Tulung. ( )
Thank you. 
Trimak kasih/Sayu kenep men ikak/ikam lim/kelo. ( )
You're welcome. 
Sayu kenep ka mn ika lahuh. ( )
Yes. 
Ie. ( )
No. 
Nusik/Usik. ( )
Excuse me. (getting attention
. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon
Akei asi. ( )
I'm sorry. 
Akei asi kui. ( )
Goodbye 
Pepsuk la'an. ( )
Goodbye (informal
Bai. ( )
I can't speak name of language [well]. 
Nusi kui jam/haman duan dahun Kayan[lan-lan ]. ( [ ])
Do you speak English? 
Jam ika duan dahun urang puti du? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Tek hi hi hak inih jam duan dahun urang puti du? ( ?)
Help! 
Tulung! ( !)
Look out! 
Jaga! ( !)
Good morning. 
Selamet jehima. ( )
Good evening. 
Selamet ngedau. ( )
Good night. 
Selamet malem. ( )
Good night (to sleep
Selamet malem. ( )
I don't understand. 
Nusi kui jam. ( )
Where is the toilet? 
Ha hino jaben du? ( ?)

Problems

Leave me alone. 
Meng kasau akui. (...)
Get lost! 
Lap im ! ("...")
Don't touch me! 
Meng gem akui! (...)
I'll call the police. 
Akui seng bara pulis anih. (...)
Police! 
Pulis! (...)
Help! 
Tulung! ("...")
Stop! Rapist! 
Meng lap! Kelunan buling ketamak! ("...")
Stop! Thief! 
Meng lap! Kelunan nakau! (...)
I need your help. 
Akui pelu lan ikak tulung akui. (...)
It's an emergency. 
Hen dekaya anih..mesti salet. (...)
I'm lost. 
Lingok kui. (...)
I lost my bag. 
Padek beg kui. (...)
I lost my wallet. 
Padek beg sin kui. (...)
I'm sick. 
Perah kui. (...)
I feel dizzy. 
Perah kahung kui. ("...")
I've been injured. 
Gak kui. (...)
I'm bleeding. 
Daha kui. ("...")
I need to see a doctor. 
Akui pelu jupak duktun. (...)
Can I use your phone? 
Deng kui pakei/pijam telifon ikak ya ? (...)

Numbers

Kusung
Ji
Duak
Telok
Pat
Limak
Nem
Tusu
Sayak
Pitan
10 
Pulu
11 
Puli ji
12 
Pulu duak
13 
Pulu telok
100 
Ji atuh
110 
Ji atuh pulu
111 
Ji atuh pulu ji
1000 
Ji libuk
10000 
Pulu libuk
11000 
Pulu ji libuk
100000 
Ji atuh libuk
1000000 
Ji juta
10000000 
Pulu juta
100000000 
Ji atuh juta
1000000000 
Ji biliun / Ji libuk juta

Time

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Duration

Days

Months

Writing time and date

Colors

Transportation

Bus and train

Directions

Taxi

Lodging

Money

Eating

Bars

Shopping

Driving

Authority

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