aika
/aikang
, pro.these objects/animals near speaker and near listener.
aikalcont.aika el
aika el hongexpr.these books.
Examples:
> That's as easy as pie.
> You're talking too much (about me)./I don't want to hear anymore.
> I don't know what to do with all that food.
> This is (my) food to tide me over in case I get hungry.
> There's gotten to be too much food for us.
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:
> I really don't know how to drive these Japanese cars.
> These mahogany trees are getting so tall.
> Oh don't gut those ones, we're just gonna fry them like that.
> I have seen these.
> 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:
> Quit pity crying (about someone) or you'll kill that person. (There is a superstition that pity crying about someone can result in their death).
> I know the person who bought this book.
> One hundred people voted.
> Our enemy, our persecutor, is this evil man Haman!
> These people with headaches are the ones who are going to the hospital.
Proverbs:
> 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).
> A person whose breechcloth is loose.
A poorly organized man, naive, openminded, generous, but not manly.
> 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 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.
> The light of youth is darkness.
A young person may display pride or may be showy in dress habits; youth may shine, but the brilliance does not mean enlightenment.
More Examples:
> There was a crash by the bridge. Nobody got hurt.
> The job of a cook is to make the food.
> Who is the best baseball at this school?
> Ngerkumer, your husband is very nicely humble.
> Who is the best at pingpong at this school?

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