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Borneo Languages


  • Selamat Datang (Bahasa Malaysia; Bahasa Indonesia)
  • Kopivosian (Kadazandusun, Sabah)
  • Selamat Datai (Dayak-Iban, Sarawak)
  • Huan Yin (Mandarin, Chinese)

The Borneo Languages is a monthly feature of the web site. Each month, we hope to feature several words of the various Borneo languages and its translation to English. We will be collecting and accumulating these words by different language categories over a period of time with the aim to come up with a precise but comprehensive Borneo 'dictionary' as a means to preserve our Borneo languages. We welcome valued visitors to contribute, especially pertaining to rarely spoken Borneo languages. 

Borneo Words

Bahasa Malaysia - English


Amanah - trust, mandate, charge.

Amatur - amateur.

Ambang - lintel of a door, doorstep, float, drift about, buoyed up.

Ambil - take, take over.

Amboi - exclamation of astonishment/wonder.

Ambon - a type of banana which is big and sweet.

Ambul - rebound as a ball, swing back.

Amil - a collector of religious tithes.

Amin - amen, be it so.

Amir - commander.

Amoi - girl, young girl.

Ampai - tall and slim.


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