Iban phrasebook

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Iban (jaku Iban) is a tribal language of western Borneo, spoken in Malaysia's state of Sarawak, the Indonesian state of West Kalimantan, and Brunei. There are many dialects; this phrasebook uses the Kuching dialect.

Pronunciation guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

Consonants[edit]

Common diphthongs[edit]

grammar[edit]

Basic Iban grammar is easy to study. Some of the grammar is closely related to Malay grammar. Word order is verb-object-subject.

I read a book
"Macha bup aku"

Adjectives are placed after the verb

Macha bup aku

Another example:

I'm go shopping with my friend
"Raun enggau bala bakih ke pasar aku"
I search for something
" Ngigak utai aku tok"
I'm so tired
" Lelak mai aku"

Phrase list[edit]

Some phrases in this phrasebook still need to be translated. If you know anything about this language, you can help by plunging forward and translating a phrase.


Basics[edit]

  • Aku - I
  • Nuan/Dek - You
  • Aok - Yes
  • Ndak - No
  • Iti - Piece
  • Aku Kak Ngenak Jamban Dulok - I Would Like To Go To The Toilet
  • Nuan/Dek Ari Dini? - Where Are You From?
  • Nyamai Mai Utai Empak Tuk - This Food Is Quite Tasty
  • Aku Mupok Dulok - I'd Like To Make A Move
Hello.
. ( )
Hello. (informal)
. ( )
How are you?
? ( Nama brita nuan?)
Fine, thank you.
. (Manah )
What is your name?
? ( Sapa nama nuan?)
My name is ______ .
______ . ( _____ .)
Nice to meet you.
. (Manah begulai enggau dik )
Please.
. (Bah )
Thank you.
. (Terima Kasih )
You're welcome.
. (Sama-sama )
Yes.
. (aok )
No.
. ( enda)
Excuse me. (getting attention)
. ( )
Excuse me. (begging pardon)
. ( )
I'm sorry.
. ( Minta ampun)
Goodbye
. ( Selamat Jalai)
Goodbye (informal)
. ( )
I can't speak Iban [well].
[ ]. ( enda nemu jako ?????? [])
Do you speak English?
? ( ?)
Is there someone here who speaks English?
? ( bisi urang nemu jako English ditu?)
Help!
! ( Tulung!)
Look out!
! ( Berjimat!)
Good morning.
. (Selamat pagi )
Good evening.
. (Selamat lemai )
Good night.
. ( )
Good night (to sleep)
. ( )
I don't understand.
. ( endak nemu aku)
Where is the toilet?
? ( Dini jamban )


Clock time[edit]

Pukul brapa diatu?


Days[edit]

Months[edit]

Colors[edit]

red

(mirah)

black

(celum)

white

(burak)

Transportation[edit]

Bus and train[edit]

Directions[edit]

dictionary[edit]

Learning more[edit]

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