dui, n.title (for village chief or family head).
dui a kebekuul; meluchel a dui, lbedul a dial a merreder er a Bitalianged, Reklai a kuk dial a oba Bitalianged. Deruchall.
diakn.poss.1s
diamn.poss.2s
dialn.poss.3sdial a dui el ngii a oudui er ngii, ng kirel el tuchelii a dial.
dimamn.poss.1pe
diadn.poss.1pi
dimiun.poss.2p
dirirn.poss.3p
meluchel er a duiexpr.hold title.
Examples:
> I don't have time to go to the party.
> The turtle shell, I don't know who was polishing it.
> I will make the towns of Judah like a desert where no one lives.
> Don't go fishing because you'll get sicker (than you are now).
> I wasted my time going because there was nothing for me to buy.
Proverbs:
> Without looking afield, it was cut down behind the house.
From the folk tale concerning Mesubed Dingal, the inventor of the Palauan kite (see also No. 73). After his wife had been kidnapped, he constructed a kite using feathers from all the birds of Palau and he needed also wood from an Edebsungel tree to fashion the body of the bird-kite. After looking all over Palau and being on the point of giving up, he found the tree he needed behind his own house. The saying may be applied to anyone who does things the hard way, or who goes far afield to find something which is close at hand.
> Like the honey bee, celebrating without first boiling down the coconut syrup.
Once coconut syrup, dripping from the cut flower stem, is collected it is thickened by boiling. The honeybee, however, collects his nectar, puts it in the hive without boiling it, then proceeds to fly around noisily as though celebrating the completed task. Hence, to talk or boast loudly about successes and accomplishments when one has none; to make plans but never carry them out; to celebrate without cause.
> You're like a floating log without a resting place.
You have no fixed abode.
> Our nose is close (to the mouth), but cannot be licked.
i.e. we shouldn't be too sure of, or overconfident in, ourselves. The nose is very close to the mouth, but, no matter how reassuringly available, it cannot be licked by the tongue. The idiom cautions those who are careless with their possessions to be less assured about wealth.
> Water is without cost.
Palauans bathe frequently; many will not miss a daily bath if at all possible. Bathing places are usually widened areas, natural or artificial (some elaborately paved with stone) in fresh-water streams. The phrase simply reminds another, probably a reluctant child, that he should bathe.
More Examples:
> The pipes connected are not leaking
> No, I can't help you.
> I kinda dont like women with tattoos.
> I want cold water. My drink is not cold.
> Why dont you make us some tea?
suebek, v.i.fly (out from).
suebek a sebekreng; suebek a rengul; ng bekikl, ng medakd.
mesebesebek
/mesesebesebek
v.i.redup.fly around aimlessly; float in the wind.
mesebesebek a suebek; charm a mesebesebek.
sobekangv.i.inch.is starting to fly.
sobekang a mocha suebek; skoki a sobekang.
sobekungv.i.pred.is about to fly.
sobekung a mochu suebek; skoki a sobekung.
bekesbesebek a rengulexpr.easily worried; worrisome.
suebek a rengulexpr.worried; anxious.
suebek el charmexpr.bird.
suebek el dialexpr.airplane.
See also: , ,
Examples:
> Do you know that Ngeriungs is an important Bird Area in the world?
> We sort of became a little bit worried.
> I am worried.
> Peter became worried.
> Mothers tend to worry about their children.
Proverbs:
> Like the purple swamp hen, flying off with its legs hanging down
The purple swamp hen (uek; other sources name another bird, sechou [heron]) is careless about its legs when it flies, letting them dangle in flight instead of neatly tucking them up like other, more trim flyers. The saying applies to persons who do sloppy work or carelessly leave a task half finished
> You're a flying kite, but i hold the guide string.
No matter how much you play around, you always come back to me.
> Like the kingfisher, chattering while taking to wing.
The kingfisher, a restless, bullying bluebird, may be heard to chatter loudly when flying up from the ground or from a perch. The saying applies to one who suddenly spouts instructions to a group, then leaves, or to a leader at a meeting who impatiently interrupts a discussion with a burst of pronouncements, then ends the meeting.
> Like a pigeon-seeing the danger, yet it flies from cover
The pigeon sits quietly concealed until some threat appears, then it flies out, revealing itself. The idiom applies to a person who unnecessarily exposes himself to danger, leaves the house in the rain, or takes a boat out in a storm.
> You're like the stork which flies with its legs dangling.
You leave unfinished business behind and split.
More Examples:
> I was close to worrying everyone as I was a little late.

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