Help Wikitravel grow by contributing to an article! Learn how.
New users, please see Help or go to the Pub to ask questions.

Kayan phrasebook

From Wikitravel
Revision as of 22:19, 25 September 2010 by CurvyEthyl (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search

Kayan (Malay: Bahasa Kayan, Kayan: Dahun Kayan) is the language spoken in Ulu Baram area in Marudi district, which is a part of the Miri division of Sarawak, Malaysia and Kalimantan, Indonesia. Kayan is one of the languages that belong to the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the 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 30,000 speakers, both in Sarawak, Malaysia and the 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
1,000 
Ji libuk
10,000 
Pulu libuk
11,000 
Pulu ji libuk
100,000 
Ji atuh libuk
1,000,000 
Ji juta
10,000,000 
Pulu juta
100,000,000 
Ji atuh juta
1,000,000,000 
Ji biliun / Ji libuk juta

Time

Clock time

Duration

Days

Months

Writing time and date

Colors

Transportation

Bus and train

Directions

Taxi

Lodging

Money

Eating

Bars

Shopping

Driving

Authority

Learning more

This phrasebook is an outline and needs more content. It has an introduction and a template, but there is not enough information present. Please plunge forward and help it grow!

Variants

Actions

Destination Docents

In other languages