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Pohnpeian Language



The Pohnpeian language seems to be easier than English in some respects. Although I did learn greetings and how to count and some other words and phrases I didn't by any means grasp the language.  There are several good books that can help you learn the language.  The Ponapean-English Dictionary was most helpful.  There is also a grammer book that one can buy.  I bought a Pohnpeian Bible and entertained myself through several sermons by translating key texts.
 
Greetings
Kaselehlie maingkoHello to two or more people
Kaselehlie maingHello to one person
Menseng mwahu.Good morning.
Souwas mwahu.Good afternoon.
Soutik mwahu.Good evening.
Pwohng mwahu.Good night.
Ia iromw?How are you?
Kehlailfine
Commands
uhdastand up
ntingihdiwrite it down
pwurehngrepeat
mwohndisit down
wadekread
kilanglook
ronglisten
kihdogive me
awihwait
dehrdon't
ehngyes
sohno
duhdutake a shower
kohdocome
kohlago
mwengeeat
Things
mwangascoconut
uhpwdrinking coconut
tehpeltable
sehrchair
kuloakclock
kepcup
cepennokbroom
pwuhkbook
penselpencil
uhtbanana
raisrice
mwahmwfish
mahibreadfruit
pweinaperpineapple
koahlgrass skirt
ahlroad
pihlwater
naipknife
dalen pirainfrying pan
pwoahten koucorned beef
milikmilk
kirihsshortening
kisinieifire
pededepotato
ahkhusking stick
ngarangarcup of sakau
tehisheet
uluhlpillow
sohpwsoap
sohpw pehspowder soap
shopw en duhdubathing soap
shopw en lopwolopwlaundry soap
lohsmat
pehtbed
maisimatches
ainpwoatpot
pwohkfork
duhnatuna
makirehlmackerel
tiwifirewood
supwuhnspoon
langonsea cucumber
anienonion
sidohpstove
taladollars
sentcents
sounpadakteacher
aounkaweidadvisor
sounkapwungjudge
sounlaidfisherman
soumwetfarmer
koun en sukuhlprincipal
sounnetinet nan sidowastorekeeper
ahngwind
depwekcloud
usustar
ilokwave
sukesugar
mwahmwfish
Adjectives
tiak mwahugood behavior
insenohcareful
pohn kahkelazy
mehlel honest
lipiraplike to steal
lemeicruel
pweipweicrazy
kalashow off/proud
soukautihcareless
pwerisekhard worker
mehlelhonest
Location
pwhnengibelow
pohnangiabove
nanwerengein the middle of
kaineneacross from
pelipelianopposite
ni kapiat the bottom of
ni koadokeat the top of
likioutside of
loaleinside
nan loale in
Days
Rahn SarawiSunday
NiehdMonday
NiareTuesday
NieselWednesday
NiepengThursday
NialemFriday
Rahn KaunopSaturday
Phrases
I sohte wehwehki.I don't understand.
E sohte wehwehiong ie.It's not clear to me.
E sohte wehwehiong kit.It's not clear to us. (excl.)
E sohte wehwehiong kitailIt's not clear to us. (incl.)
Menlau lokaia malamal.Please speak slowly.
I wehwehki.I understand.
Dahkot met?What is this? (near speaker)
Dahkot men?What is that? (near listener)
Ke kohsangia?Where did you come from?
Ke pahn kohlaia?Where will you go?
Ia edomw?What's your name?
Edei ____.My name is _____.
Ia ede?What's his/her name?
Nohnomother
Pahpafather
riei pwutakmy brother
miei serepeinmy sister
ahi nohnomy mother
ahi pahpamy father
ahi pwoud my spouse
nei serimy child/ children
Kuloak depe met?What time is it?
Rahnda rahnwet?What's today?
Ia wehwehn ____?What does _____ mean?
E pwung ma i nda _____?Is it correct if I say _____?
Menlau pwurehng nda.Please say that again.

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