mlai, n.canoe; car; automobile; transportation.
mlai a olidiuul er a beluu me a daob; mlai a oltak a rechad me a uleklool.
mlikn.poss.1s
mlimn.poss.2s
mliln.poss.3smlil a mlai er ngii el chad.
mlimamn.poss.1pe
mlidn.poss.1pi
mlimiun.poss.2p
mlirirn.poss.3p
blil a mlaiexpr.garage.
mlai er a Siabalexpr.Japanese car.
Examples:
> I saw the canoe that those men carved.
> The old man is teaching the boy how to carve canoes.
> Droteo pretends that he knows how to repair cars.
> Did Joseph drive his car anywhere?
> Droteo fixes cars as well as you.
Proverbs:
> 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.
> Like Kerosene, poling his canoe with no obvious destination
Under the German administrator Winkler before World War I, a Palauan named Ngirakerisil (Mr. Kerosene) was employed as a canoe operator. Daily he would take the tireless administrator to a different part of Palau to inspect the various economic programs (largely coconut planting) instituted by the now legendary Winkler. The operator, least of all, could predict where they would be going next. The idiom is applied to any aimless person or action; indecision; a changeable person.
> 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.
More Examples:
> My younger brother and I were making our canoe.
> I was driving to the store when I got a flat tire.
> What is the color of your car? is it blue? or is it red?
> I only have two months to pay off for my car.
> My friend's friend got hit by a car. She is so lucky she didn't die.

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