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:
> Droteo pretends that he knows how to repair cars.
> Droteo('s car) hit my car.
> I'm just selling vegetables a little at a time, and then I'll (be able to) buy my car.
> If I had money, (then) I'd buy a new car.
> Droteo fixes cars as well as you.
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:
> I was driving to the store when I got a flat tire.
> There was a crash by the bridge. Nobody got hurt.
> Do you know how to drive a car?
> I almost got ran over by a car riding my bicycle.
> My neighbor borrowed my car and drove it into a mango tree.

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