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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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Did you feel the kava effects yesterday at nakamal, or not?Do you have some juice?Eat the ripe bananas.Give me a banana!Give me a piece of coconut husk to clean the kava.Have a banana! One is here.He has already eaten.He is giving me a banana.He is picking mangos.He should come to drink the kava.I am chewing kava.I am cleaning a yam.I am cooking a kelaka yam in fire, but it is still raw.I am cooking something good.I am cooking.I am eating a banana with a coconut.I am helping my mother to cook.I am hungry.I am looking for a fish.I am not hungry.I am the first-born of my family.I am thirsty.I ate a fish with a yam.I ate enough.I ate plenty ripe bananas and my stomach is full.I did not drink yet.I drink kava all the time.I feel the kava.I gave him a yam.I have already eaten.I have already gotten water.I have finished drinking my kava.I like to chase Pacific imperial pigeon.I will drink water.I will give you a banana.I will pluck this little bird and eat it as nahunu.I would like to eat a banana.I would like to have a banana.Is the coco, that you are drinking, good?Mother breastfeeds her baby.My stomach is full.Taro is better than yam.Tear off the skin of paha coconut with your teeth.The child drinks milk of his mother and his belly is well rounded.The child drinks milk.The food became moldy.The food from yesterday smells already bad.The harvest was bad, people are hungry.The rice is burnt.The soup you prepare is always good.The taro is burnt.The woman is opening an earth oven.There is no water anymore in the village, people are thirsty.This woman is boiling yams.Today they are sharing in the nakamal the rice from disaster food help.Turn those bananas that are in the fire.Will you follow me to Ituga?Women do not drink kava.Yams will grow well.

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