bab, n.area/space above; top; surface.
bab a bebul, melidiul, a sils a ngar bab. skoki a merael er a bab.
bebukn.poss.1s
bebumn.poss.2s
bebuln.poss.3sbebul a ngar er a bab er ngii, bebul a tebel.
bebmamn.poss.1pe
bebudn.poss.1pi
bebmiun.poss.2p
bebrirn.poss.3p
bebul a daobexpr.surface of the sea.
bebul a tebelexpr.top of the table.
Examples:
> Put the cup on the table; John was putting the cup on the table (just now, recently); John put the cup on the table (yesterday, a week ago, etc.).
> Tony is higher in the rank.
> The clock is up there above me.
> Due to the weather conditions and increasing hazardous surf, the National Emergency Office (NEMO) is issuing a Small Craft Warning for the entire Republic of Palau. Water conditions from outside the reef through all exposures are very rough at this time. Travel between Peleliu and Angaur, Kayangel and Ollei and/or outside the reefs are strictly prohibited. Small craft warning flags have been raised and the republic is requested to observe this warning. NEMO will continue to monitor these marine conditions and advise the public accordingly.
> Droteo lives upstairs.
Proverbs:
> Like the gods of Ngebukd, completed up above.
As part of the festivities of a village feast or in celebration of some event, such as the completion of a community hall, Palauan young people produce a variety of named dances. One type of dance, called ruk, was never conducted in Ngebukd (in Ngaraard, northern Palau). It was said that the gods of the village had done their dancing in heaven before coming to earth and thus it was not necessary for the people of Ngebukd to dance. The saying pertains to a completed task, indicating to another that the work need not be repeated.
> You're like a fish bait which can be eaten or pecked from the top and bottom.
You don't know what to do coz chores keep coming in from left and right.
More Examples:
> Put the book on top of the dest
> Put the pencil on top of the book.
> Lurvey bent down and removed Wilbur's medal from his neck and hung it from a nail at the top of Wilbur's pen.
> What is on the table or desk?
> The drum was overfull and flowed over the top.
ngar, v.s.be (located); exist; be alive.
ngar a outeliil; chad a ngar; ngar er ngii a klengar er ngii; charm a ngar.
ngar ngiicont.ngar er ngii
ngarkercont.ngar ker
ngar er a bab a rengulexpr.conceited; disrespectful; proud; arrogant; haughty; snobbish.
ngar er a bab el chadexpr.one's superior; wealthy/well-to-do person.
ngar er a eou a rengulexpr.(person is) humble/respectful.
ngar er ngiiexpr.there is.
ngar kerexpr.where is it.
Examples:
> I have an idea.
> Is there anyone from Kayangel who has ever had leptospirosis?
> In the past 6 months have rats eaten your plants?
> My house is next door to (or across the street from) the school.
> There's a restriction on (killing) pigeons.
Proverbs:
> Are there any who spear at the ground and miss?
Used to describe something that is easily accomplished.
> To eat and drink by the mast tip.
The ucharm (bird) is the hardwood tip at the top of the canoe mast. The person to whom the idiom is applied is accused of thriving on gifts from other places. Particularly it may be applied to persons of a highranking village who rather expect that visitors in canoes from other villages will come provisioned with gifts-thus, those who watch for the canoes. Sometimes the idiom goes: Ngkora chad ra Oreor, "Like the man of Koror," with reference to the high ranking community of Koror in central Palau.
> Like coconut water, passing from darkness to darkness.
Water, drunk from a coconut, passes from the dark of the nut to the dark of the mouth. Some discussions, such as those of village leaders, are secretively passed from mouth to mouth without public discussion.
More Examples:
> Do you have food for tonight?
> There is a ghost at the mangrove channel.
> Your picture at the rock island, what are you sitting on? Is it bamboo raft or tin canoe?
> Lurvey bent down and removed Wilbur's medal from his neck and hung it from a nail at the top of Wilbur's pen.
> I almost got ran over by a car riding my bicycle.

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