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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Some of Iban Idiomatic Expression..


Nebang tapang ngena lungga, nganjak wong ngena tapak
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Taking up risk without even thinking


Kelala buah ari langgu, Kelala bansa ari jaku, Kelala basa ari penyiru
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What you do relfects your personality


Anang mantah tingkah, laban iya endang tebiang. Anang muji sarang burung Kanji, taja iya tuchi kapas magang. Anang ketawa ke sarang burung Puna, taja iya ensara semina rangkang
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Do not judge a book by its cover


Bejalai betungkat ka adat, tinduk bepanggal ka pengingat
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Remember your own root


Kunchit di tisi langit di asu,rusa di kaki tangga enda di emparu
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Doing something not beneficial


Baru ngelangkah sesingkang udah bekalau panjung neratang ka diri menang
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Arrogant


Baka tapang diwan rembia, baka lubok diwan baya
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An indication that says a women is already taken


Baka remaung di rumah, baka raung di tanah
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Theoretically superb but turns disastrous when in practice


Banyak tai badak, mayuh tai nyumboh
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A big quantity does not guarantee a good quality


Udah ga arok, pukong enggau along, udah ga laboh, tinggang ga lesong, udah ga jai, belabong luli, udah ga chelum bersimpai kuntu
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Misfortune comes one after another


Baka enseluai nangkap ludah
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Impatiently chipping up when others have not finish their lines


Baka Kepayang ngada ka dilah
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Can only talk but can't do a thing


Manok lepas jari bau tai.
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Careless

Semalau nampong lachau, tawak nampong begau
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Spreading the unconfirmed rumours


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