mlai, n.canoe; car; automobile; transportation.
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blil a mlaiexpr.garage.
mlai er a Siabalexpr.Japanese car.
Examples:
> The car hit the telephone pole.
> Joseph drove his car to my house.
> There are a lot of complaints about the noise from cars.
> 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:
> Do you know how to drive a car?
> He climbed into the car and went I don't know where.
> I'm smirking at the people working for the government, do they think they own these government vehicles when they're behind the wheels.
> I was driving to the store when I got a flat tire.
> My friend's wife can't drive now.

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