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Dictionary of Netwar (Lenakel language)

This is the first ever extensive dictionary of Netwar language (western Tanna, Republic of Vanuatu) published online. It is the fruit of several years of my work among the inhabitants of the island of Tanna. It contains translations of local expressions, pronunciation recordings and photographic documentation. Its purpose is to help in the preservation of the language and in passing it to the young generation.

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namehwau io le twinek nases 

  •  expr (ancient term) you took me down from the nases tree
    traditional phrase by which a person was receiving a gift. It is not in common use anymore. The 'nases' tree symbolizes poverty and thus the sense of the phrase is, that the person receiving a gift is not poor anymore. As the language does not include any term for "thank you", this phrase is probably its closest equivalent.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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