mlai, n.canoe; car; automobile; transportation.
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mlai er a Siabalexpr.Japanese car.
Examples:
> Droteo('s car) hit my car.
> If I had money, (then) I'd buy a new car.
> Joseph drove his car to my house.
> Your car gives a very smooth ride.
> The old man is teaching the boy how to carve canoes.
Proverbs:
> 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 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.
More Examples:
> We were walking fine on the road until a really fast car sped by that abruptly forced us into a ditch.
> My friend's wife can't drive now.
> My neighbor borrowed my car and drove it into a mango tree.
> I really don't know how to drive these Japanese cars.
> I only have two months to pay off for my car.

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