bwara ᵐbʷara bara particle
Lvnbweti
Tnmburu
1particle introducing conjecture and doubt: perhaps, probably ; I believe, I guess
Ini bwara biouro i-da eo.She’s probably taller than you.
Ne english bwara li-vete nga ne.I guess it's called that way in English.
Ka li-mui dapa kula na bwara ka li-bu ne revo, dapa kula bwara li-wowo li-koie ne kulumoe.Lapérouse’s wreckNobody really knows, but I guess some (sailors) must have died in the sea, while some others must have swum.
derivative~ko bwarabelieve, hope
2espwith numbersabout, roughly
Li-apilo toñaki awoiu, bara i-vagas’ metele tuo nga ponu.The building of the ship must have taken about six months.
La-te ra ra, bwara kata kape ebieve iune bwara metele tuo.They stayed there, perhaps almost a whole year, or at least six months.
~bwatui ᵐbʷatui verb, intransitive
Lvn~bwatauki
Tnm~atuki
serial patterntry
Keba ba-bwatui ba-ko ba-mata ini, ia metae.We tried to rock him (asleep), but no way!
Pe-bwatui pi-oburo buro iote!Try and sing a song, y'all!
synonym~atui
bwoe ᵐbʷoe noun
shark
main entryboe
bwogo ᵐbʷoᵑgo
Lvnnedume
Tnmbwoñi
POc*ᵐboŋi
Anoun
1night: period of darkness in the day cycle
Matiki ⓑwogo the Evening Star
Ne tomoro nga na tae: bwogo!It was not during the day like this: it was night!
synonymnedemo
antonymmoroday, daylight
2day, when counting them
Ngapiene ka i-sali pon ta – bwogo tili.So the festival started, [and lasted] five days.
ne bwogo ne bogo adverb
at nightduring the night; tonight
Dapa tadoe li-ejau idi li-madau, tamwase ne bwogo.genericGhosts scare people, particularly at night.
Kia kape la-le la-labu louboaido ne bwogo?specificShall we go catch some shrimps tonight?
seenobwogolast night
bwogo wako bogo wako interjection
good nightgreeting uttered when leaving s.o. for the night, or for a longer period: hence good night, farewell
Bpredicative
with TAM markersbecome night, be night
Ka bwogo.It’s already night.
Li-mako i-le i-le i-le – me kape bwogo.They danced on and on – until night was ready to fall.
ra ra bwogo phrase
until it was nightall day long
Pepane kupa pi-moloe nga pon ra ra bogo!Yesterday we played like that all day long!
Cpostverb
rarein the darkness
Li-koie bwogo ne vonila.They were walking in the dark, in the evening.
bworo ᵐbʷoro boro adjective
Lvnbware
Tnmbetika
1black
ovene boroblack heron
Vilisao tilu: iote bworo, iote koro.Suddenly there were two tornados: one was dark, one was white.
synonymbworobworo
2personblack, esp. Melanesian
idi bworoMelanesians
Viabasa idi bworo, bworobworo ñoko tae, i-ovei pe moloe.Melanesian people’s hair is not always black, it can also be blond.
antonymdamalaWesterner
Flora
3fruitunripe, green
Boro, we i-ako?Is it green, or ripe?
antonym~ako
bworobworo ᵐbʷoroᵐbʷoro boroboro adjective
Lvnbalebware
Tnmbetikabetika
black, dark
adawo boroborodark, rainy cloud
Momoso iono ini bworobworo, we koro?Is your boy of dark or fair complexion?
synonymbworo
antonymkoro