me a, conj.and.
macont.me a
makcont.me ak
makicont.me aki
meconj.and.
me a omech a tekoi; kau me ngak me ngii, Calista me tir a mong.
mengcont.me ng
Examples:
> the bad sewer water that came out on Wednesday and Thursday of last week
> Why do you ask me to give (someone) a message for you and then come yourself?
> This is making me very worried about Fern.
> In your constant love and goodness, remember me.
> Something happened at home, so I couldn't come.
Proverbs:
> Bitter and salty.
The strategy of "doing things the hard way." When alternatives are available, the appropriate choice is the more difficult one. In voice, expression, and action there is a positive accent on personal ability.
> Without looking afield, it was cut down behind the house.
From the folk tale concerning Mesubed Dingal, the inventor of the Palauan kite (see also No. 73). After his wife had been kidnapped, he constructed a kite using feathers from all the birds of Palau and he needed also wood from an Edebsungel tree to fashion the body of the bird-kite. After looking all over Palau and being on the point of giving up, he found the tree he needed behind his own house. The saying may be applied to anyone who does things the hard way, or who goes far afield to find something which is close at hand.
> The heart and assessment.
This might better be translated, "Assessment with knowledge." The mind or head is thought to be the locus of knowledge in Palau, but such knowledge is made useful or is measured with the heart (reng). Chodab, in this context, would appear to mean "to take stock of" or "to measure." In essence, then, the phrase cautions one who seems on the point of making a rash decision to temper his thoughts with his heart.
> With persistence the village of Ngersuul was maintained
When the men's clubs of Koror could not proceed as far as Melekeiok, a major village to the north that stood in political balance with Koror, the clubs would often stop over at Ngersuul and sack the small village. Yet the people of Ngersuul, over and over defeated, clung to their village and persisted through history. (Sometimes the village of Angaur is used, with a similar meaning, in place of Ngersuul.) The saying may be applied to the harried individual who is about to give up a task because of repeated failure.
> Like Ngerechebal Island, neither a part of Aimeliik, nor a part of Arakabesang
A person who is "on the fence," changeable and indecisive. The saying may also be applied to a partly westernized Palauan.
More Examples:
> That kid drools so much that his shirt is always wet.
> Belau is divided into two; the rich and wealthy and the poor, theres no caring amongst the people.
> The sum of all the money that was collected, i was able to buy my house.
> Why are you frowning all the time?
> You all take turns bailing the boat so that it will be finished quickly.
omeng, v.t.put hand over (mouth; nose; etc.); put (mouth; face) against; put (mouth) on opening of bottle; stop up (bottle).
omeng a mengir; dokedekii, mertii, toktang a mla meng a ngerir e omodk, bengel.
mengiiv.pf.3s
milengiiv.pf.3s.past
mengv.pf.3p.inan.meng a omeng; melekedek er a ngerel me a isngel; toktang a mengir a ngerel e omodk; bleng; blengoel, bengel a ngor.
milengv.pf.3p.inan.past
bengoelv.a.s.is to be covered with hand; is to be stopped up.
bengoel a kirel el obeng; mekngit a secherel a bengoel a ngerel, omeng a er a isngel er a mekngit el bau.
bleng
/blengoel
v.r.s.covered with hand; stopped up.
bleng a mla obeng, metenget; telenget, mengir a ngerel, bleng a telil.
blengoel a bleng.
Examples:
> She's an amazing cook that she doesn't even need anyone to try the food she makes.
> He's bought his car so he's bicycle is now left unused.
> It's as if I live somewhere so far away that I don't know what's going on.
> He's so busy playing around that his responsibilities are neglected.
> The attorneys will attempt at a settlement to avoid trial.
Proverbs:
> Like the cockroach of Ngerdobotar, staying on till it became white.
Presumably if a cockroach remains in the darkness for a long time, as one at Ngerdobotar (in Aimeliik) apparently did, it will turn white. Application pertains to a visitor who stays on and on, especially one who is not helpful in the household. Such behavior is not properly human; the person is somehow different, like a white cockroach.
> Destroying his money.
Marriage within the clan, generally considered incestuous, limits the value of the food-money exchange, since the materials simply change hands within the same clan group. A man so married is criticized as having destroyed his source of wealth.
> Eat tradacna.
Tradacna, one variety of which is the so-called Giant Killer Clam, occurs in quantity off Ngerechelong and is a prominent food there; hence, the people of Ngerechelong.
> With persistence the village of Ngersuul was maintained
When the men's clubs of Koror could not proceed as far as Melekeiok, a major village to the north that stood in political balance with Koror, the clubs would often stop over at Ngersuul and sack the small village. Yet the people of Ngersuul, over and over defeated, clung to their village and persisted through history. (Sometimes the village of Angaur is used, with a similar meaning, in place of Ngersuul.) The saying may be applied to the harried individual who is about to give up a task because of repeated failure.
> A full basket was dropped in Ngeremeduu bay.
From the folk tale about Obak era Kedesau on his way to a feast being given in honor of his wife by her adoptive father. While crossing Ngeremeduu Bay between Ngatpang and Ngeremlengui, Obak dropped a basket of Palauan money overboard. Despite this terrible loss, he still had the courage and sufficient cash to carry off his visit in high style. The saying may be used to reassure someone, following a loss, reminding them that Obak era Kedesau recovered from an even greater loss.
More Examples:
> I fell on the stone path and cracked my head.
> Why are Ngerkumer's eyes blinking so much?
> That kid drools so much that his shirt is always wet.

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