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Iban phrasebook

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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 can be either subject-verb-object or verb-object-subject.

subject-verb-object order is as follows:

I am reading a book.
"Aku benung macha bup."

Another example:

I am shopping with my friends.
"Aku benung raun enggau bala bakih aku."
I am searching for something.
"Aku benung ngiga utai."


verb-object-subject order is as follows:

I am so tired.
"Lelak amai 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/Di - You
  • Au - Yes
  • Enda - No
  • Iti - Piece(s)
  • Aku deka ngena jamban dulu. - I Would Like To Go To The Toilet
  • Nuan/Di ari dini? - Where Are You From?
  • Nyamai amai utai empak tu. - This Food Is Quite Tasty
  • Aku mupuk dulu. - I'm going to leave first
Hello. 
. ( )
Hello. (informal
. ( )
How are you? 
 ? ( Nama rita nuan?)
Fine, thank you. 
. (Manah )
What is your name? 
 ? ( Sapa nama nuan?)
My name is ______ . 
______ . ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
. (Manah begulai enggau nuan )
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 aku nemu jaku bansa nya. ])
Do you speak English? 
 ? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
 ? ( Bisi urang nemu jaku English/Orang Putih ditu?)
Help! 
 ! (tulung)
Look out! 
 ! (Anang dia nuan!/Jimat!)
Good morning. 
. (Selamat pagi )
Good evening. 
. (Selamat lemai @ selamat ngalih ari )
Good night. 
. (selamat malam )
Good night (to sleep
. ( )
I don't understand. 
. ( Enda aku nemu reti nya.)
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]