di, mod.only; just; any.
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el di mle ngiiexpr.all by himself; on his own.
ngii di lebongexpr.whatever it is; whatever there may be.
Examples:
> Don't be afraid of your enemies; always be courageous.
> My house is no longer located here.
> Droteo eats only certain types of food.
> My child ran away by himself.
> It's just a twig, but it brings to klengoes to a boil. - i.e., someone or something small can have a lot of value, power, effect, etc.
Proverbs:
> He's like a good (lit. fast) top that steadies itself soon after touching the ground.
i.e. he understands or learns quickly. In Palau the top is spun in the air and dropped to the ground where it usually wobbles for a spell before it becomes "planted" or stable. The better the top, the less the wobble. A statement that is right to the point, or a decisive and good decision, is like a good top. The idiom may be applied to a person who is quick to get the point or learn a new skill.
> Like the blind man of Ngetmel, twisting twine into the fire.
The image is that of a blind elder, warming his frail body beside the fire while twisting strands of fiber into twine against his thigh. Only as he pulls the finished twine away, he pushes it into the flames. The saying may be applied to any utterly pointless activity or dissipation of wealth.
> You're like a floating log without a resting place.
You have no fixed abode.
> But our heart is our sister-in-law.
A husband's sister is said to spy on her brother's wife during his absence from home. Reference is to a young wife who refused the advances of a young man, even though it was obvious that no sister-in-law was present to spy. Asked about her relationship with the young suitor, the wife replied: "But my heart is my sister-in-law." The saying may be applied more widely to any circumstance where a person is entrusted with a task without supervision.
> It's as if we were walking on the blade of a knife.
i.e., we're treading on dangerous ground; if we make one wrong move, we're finished.
More Examples:
> I'll be in Palau for only one week
> The first floor contained a guard room, recreation room, hallway, workers room, and an NCO room.
> Our president is focused on conserving and protecting the sea life.
> We did walk to school every day, rain or shine.
> No matter where we go, we never stop thinking of our families.

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