betok, v.s.many; numerous; plenty; abundant.
betok a obdois; betekngang, betok a kall, diak le kesai, iltekngel a kall.
bebetokv.s.redup.just more than enough.
bebetok a telkib el betok.
beltokn.beltok a betok; beltok er a kall a ungil.
betekngei
/betekngang
v.s.inch.accumulating; increasing in number.
betekngei a mla mo betok; betekngang, betekngei a udoud.
rebetokv.s.many (required before noun referring to human beings).
rebetok a betok, rebetok el ngalek; rebetok el chad.
toklechadslangmany people.
rebetok el chadexpr.many people.
rebetok el senseiexpr.many teachers.
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Synonyms: , ,
Examples:
> I have quite a rash on my neck.
> He left the road to look at the lion he had killed, and he was surprised to find a swarm of bees.
> The children left lots of trash in the garden.
> Satsko told Toki a lie (saying) that John has lots of money.
> We talked about lots of problems.
Proverbs:
> Like one who has eaten the thorny puffer fish, full of many things.
The thorny puffer fish is sometimes gulped by the wide-mouthed grouper fish. The puffer, expanding and extending its thorns in the grouper's mouth, renders the latter rather "full of things" and completely helpless. Groupers in this predicament are occasionally caught by fishermen. The idiom is applied to anyone who faces more problems, more work, or more sweethearts than he can cope with.
> You're like sardines, very many but only enough for one wrapped piece of fish.
Fish are properly wrapped individually in a leaf for cooking, but sardines are so small that a bunch of them may be wrapped together to make up only one small bundle. The idiom may be applied to a numerous but weak enemy or to a clan that is large but ineffective as in raising money for its members, or for a large group of workers who do not accomplish very much.
More Examples:
> I have a lot of scars all over my body.
> I had many footsteps at the river.
> A lot of talk but no action.
> There are a lot of sick people at the hospital.
> Palauan language is limited and there are many foreign words being used.
telkib, v.s.a little; a bit; part of piece of.
telkib a diak le klou; kekerei; telkib el kall.
di telkib expr.only a little; just a bit.
el telkib expr.for a while.
telkib a bebetok expr.a shade too much.
telkib el betok expr.a bit too much.
telkib el kekesai expr.just barely not enough.
telkib el kesai expr.not enough.
telkib el taem expr.a short while; a short time.
telkib er a Ngiual expr.part of the village of Ngiual.
telkib er a kall expr.part of the food.
telkib er a lius expr.small piece of coconut.
See also: ,
Examples:
> I can only talk (with you) a little.
> We sort of became a little bit worried.
> Some of the wood has been burned up.
> I'm eatin a piece of fish.
> I was a bit sick yesterday.
Proverbs:
> Like Beachedarsai's food, only a little but it does not disappear.
Beachedarsai and a friend, one day, went to heaven. On arrival they were very hungry, so they visited one of the gods who provided food for them. The "food" was one tiny piece of taro and a bit of fish. Beachedarsai thought to himself that this would hardly suffice, but he picked up the taro and ate it. As he did so another piece appeared on the plate. He ate the piece of fish and another piece of fish appeared. His friend also ate and on his plate as well a new piece of taro or fish appeared as each was consumed. When they were satisfied, there remained on their plates a piece of taro and fish. The idiom is applied to any small blessing, such as a small but steady income, or Western meals that, in contrast with the Palauan tray full of food, are served in small portions, and so on.
More Examples:
> Im a bit hard of hearing.
> My drink needs a little more sugar.
> Pretty soon they'll disown me.
> Im a bit awkward when dancing.
> John, forgive me, I made a stop at Ngerkumer's and may be a run a little late.

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