aika
/aikang
, pro.these objects/animals near speaker and near listener.
aikalcont.aika el
aika el hongexpr.these books.
Examples:
> I'm doing these things for you (pl.) benefit.
> In the past 6 months have rats eaten your plants?
> That's as easy as pie.
> This is (my) food to tide me over in case I get hungry.
> These pencils are thin.
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:
> She looks so beautiful with her traditional grass skirt and decorations except her lips look inside out with that lipstick.
> Things items in this store are old.
> The ixora plant is blooming.
> The Belauan honey bees are making honey.
> He was running late this morning and left without his lunch.
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:
> But those who have faith in that one will never be disappointed.
> Anyone who doesn't know how to swim will drown.
> He's a Palauan for sure.
> Our enemy, our persecutor, is this evil man Haman!
> It is better to be patient than powerful.
Proverbs:
> A man whose breechcloth is closed
A well-organized man, particularly one who uses his money carefully; hence, sometimes, a stingy person.
> Like the man of Kayangel, who procured his gifts from Keso
The saying refers to a man from the atoll of Kayangel, some twenty miles north of the main islands of Palau, who, on his way south to visit friends, stopped at an intermediate reef, Kesol, to fish for a present for his host. Refers to a person who, en route to a visit, tries to borrow a present from another guest; any person who suddenly wants to borrow money.
> It's like taking a shower at Tellei's bath, when somebody takes a shower, you shiver from the cold.
Someone's actions makes you embarrassed.
> Don't be like the man from Ngerchemai who lost both the turtle and the canoe.
Don't bite off more than you can chew...don't be selfish.
> Like the man of Ngerechemai, who lost his turtle and lost his canoe.
Relates to a fisherman who jumped from his canoe to catch a turtle only to find that his canoe had drifted beyond recovery. Applies to any situation where a person fails at a task, or, aptly, to a situation where a man, through his own foolishness, loses both his wife and his mistress.
More Examples:
> Which Island of Palau are you from?
> Where are you from?
> He or she is a tall person.
> Take it and give it to an empty-handed person.
> What is the job of the libarian?

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