aika
/aikang
, pro.these objects/animals near speaker and near listener.
aikalcont.aika el
aika el hongexpr.these books.
Examples:
> You're talking too much (about me)./I don't want to hear anymore.
> These pencils are thin.
> That's as easy as pie.
> This is (my) food to tide me over in case I get hungry.
> In the past 6 months have rats eaten your plants?
Proverbs:
> This liver is shark.
A blind man lived with his wife and son at Ngetmel (in Ngerechelong, northern Palau). Since he was blind, his wife and son would often fool him. For one thing, she would leave him in charge of their prize piece of money, indicating its hiding place, when she left for work in the gardens. But before she left she would hide it in another place. One day when he was alone, his brother came to visit and to help around the house. The blind man asked him to gather some wood for a fire so he could warm himself. The brother did so and left. While the man warmed himself, he found, to his surprise, that he could see a little. The following day, with his improved sight, he found out about the money deception and located the real hiding place of the money. Once more his brother visited, and the blind man asked what wood he had used in the fire. The wood was driftwood and he had his brother build another fire. Again his sight improved and he was so pleased that he invited his brother to stay and help himself to some ray-fish liver. The brother looked at the liver and told the man that it was not ray-fish but shark liver. With this the man realized that he had really been deceived, for shark's liver is hardly considered worth eating. Hurt and angered, he told his brother to find the piece of money, pointing out its actual location, and gave it to his brother, saying his wife and son deserved nothing. When the wife came home she at once looked for the money. Unable to find it, she asked her supposedly blind husband about it and, of course, he insisted that she would find it in the place she had pointed out to him, since he had not touched it. Finally she gave up the search and exclaimed: "It simply isn't here." To this he replied: "This liver is shark." The saying may be used when one has discovered another's deception or when a person faces a very frustrating or defeating situation.
More Examples:
> The crickets were really chirping last night; maybe someone is sick or died.
> You are so like them seaweeds at Kosiil!
> I really really want those mangos.
> The sum of all the money that was collected, I was able to buy my house.
> I'm smirking at the people working for the government, do they think they own these government vehicles when they're behind the wheels.
chad, n.liver.
chad a ta er a klekedellel a bedengel a chad, charm; chedengal a rrull.
chedengaln.poss.3schedengal a chad; chedengal a babii, chedengal a rrull.
Aika chedengal (a matukeoll)!interj.Exclamation indicating surprise; often used after realizing a deception. See it's entry in Proverbs for more information.
chedengaolv.s.have a large liver.
chedengaol a melaok a chedengal; chedengaol el rrull.
chedengaolv.s.sick with jaundice.
chedengaol a secher, rekdel a chad.
Examples:
> These people with headaches are going to the hospital.
> I know the person who bought this book.
> Anyone who doesn't know how to swim will drown.
> The fish in the river died by the fisherman.
> The hospital patients are sick people.
Proverbs:
> A person whose breechcloth is loose.
A poorly organized man, naive, openminded, generous, but not manly.
> Like a man circumcised, insufficient skin.
Circumcision seems to have been known in Palau prior to contact, perhaps through contact with the Philippines, but was not widely practiced. As in this context, it usually draws attention in the form of ridicule. The idiom applies to any circumstance in which there has been insufficient preparation or planning; a premature decision.
> One for whom the door of words was not closed.
When the secrets of a clan or a profession were being taught by an expert, the house was completely closed and instruction took place in strict, whispered secrecy. the idiom may be applied to a person who, while having the proper status to be knowledgeable, has never learned in closed session; an important but uninformed person. Conversely, an expert or knowledgeable clan his torian is one who "has had the door closed" (mleng a simer).
> Put out your arm and a man's hand will reach back
The proper spirit of cooperation and mutual aid
> It's like when the men of Ngesias clamored over what they had lost (after a party of raiders had attacked without warning and taken a head as a trophy).
The men of the Ngesias (Peleliu) village club were sitting near their clubhouse one evening when raiders broke through the brush, shouted wildly, and excaped with the head of one of them. When they recovered their senses, the men jumped to their spears and shouted threats into the darkness of the surrounding brush. Aroused by the commotion, the village chief appeared and ,when appraised of the situation, admonished them to be quiet since the fuss would gain nothing. "Don't cry over spilt milk."
More Examples:
> Take it and give it to an empty-handed person.
> He or she is a tall person.
> I think people in Airai should make toll booths at the airport and collect fees.
> I'm from Peliliu
> What is the job of a janitor or custodian.

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