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se elconj.when (in the future); whenever.
se el sekumconj.if (used in negative sentences).
selcont.se el
er se er aexpr.when (in the past).
er se er a Sebadongexpr.last Saturday.
er se er a taem er a mekemadexpr.during the war.
er seiexpr.over there; in that place.
mekera iseiexpr.[used to refer to a method of doing something that the speaker has forgotten.]
ngera iseiexpr.thingamajig; thingamabob; whatchamacallit. [used to refer to something whose name the speaker has forgotten.]
se di kauexpr.it's up to you.
se el soamexpr.whatever you want; it's up to you.
se el tebelexpr.that table (over there).
se er aexpr.conj. when (in the past).
techa iseiexpr.what's-his-name; what's-her-name. [Used to refer to someone whose name the speaker has forgotten.]
tela iseiexpr.[used to refer to a number that the speaker has forgotten.]
Examples:
> I was eating that apple and those bananas.
> Good people are glad, when they see the wicked punished.
> I am going to eat up those bananas and that apple.
> They were over there and then walked to the beach.
> If there are fifty innocent people in the city, then ...
Proverbs:
> When my eyes are closed.
When one dies the eyes are "closed"; hence, to be dead. The term for "death" is mad as is the term for "eye," (mad; madak: "my eye"). Some sources suggest that the term for death refers to the closed eyes of a dead person.
More Examples:
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> He gave me this ... whatchamacallit piece for a speargun.
> It was Ngiradaob, Dirasils's brother, who received the keldait that was put in for the marriage.
> I think there should be a curfew on land and have flights only come in during the day like before.
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uchul, n.poss.3sbase (of tree); cause; reason; basis.
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uchukn.poss.1s
uchumn.poss.2s
uchemamn.poss.1pe
uchudn.poss.1pi
uchemiun.poss.2p
ucherirn.poss.3p
chad er a uchul a eangedexpr.foreigner.
me isei a uchul eexpr.therefore.
uchul a cheldecheduchexpr.reason for the meeting.
uchul a eangedexpr.horizon.
uchul a kerrekarexpr.base of tree; butt end of log.
Examples:
> Why did you go to Saipan?
> You'll all be sorry for laughing.
> I have a deep affection for you, so that's why I'm warning you.
> Droteo's giving up smoking is the reason why he got better.
> Due to the weather conditions and increasing hazardous surf, the National Emergency Office (NEMO) is issuing a Small Craft Warning for the entire Republic of Palau. Water conditions from outside the reef through all exposures are very rough at this time. Travel between Peleliu and Angaur, Kayangel and Ollei and/or outside the reefs are strictly prohibited. Small craft warning flags have been raised and the republic is requested to observe this warning. NEMO will continue to monitor these marine conditions and advise the public accordingly.
Proverbs:
> When the purple swamp hen appears, it brings remembrance
There is a song (Oumachas) from which this saying derives: Once there was a young couple who made love in a secluded spot in the taro garden. While they were lying together a purple swamp hen darted out of the brush startling the couple. Eventually love cooled, but thereafter whenever the girl saw a purple swamp hen while she worked in the gardens, she recalled her lover. Hence any occurrence that brings back fond memories.
> Like the crotch of an aristocratic woman.
Women of the wealthy elite in old Palau would be tattooed up the entire leg and about the thighs and hips. Reference is to the black color of such tattooing and the phrase may be applied to any dark occasion, but usually to dark clouds.
More Examples:
> From which direction is the wind coming from?
> Because of the love between us we care about each other's well being.
> Stop picking on your sores that's why they don't get healed!

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