AMBAI FROG STORY
Written, glossed and translated by Sara Karubaba, summer 2007
Kaisung kutu manei tuti ne fiawera
boy small one with his dog
U-minohi u-wati kidowa na botori rorong
3pl sit 3pl see frog in bottle inside
A little boy with his dog, they sit, they watch a frog in a bottle.
Uru u-minohi ao u-remi mamong, ampefe u-rawa u-rena
3pl 3pl.sit until 3pl.feel sleep, so 3pl.go 3pl.sleep
Uru u-renafo kidowa d-a to woriai wiru
3pl 3pl.sleep frog 3sg.go to out from
botori rorong m-ito
bottle inside 3sg.run
While they were still asleep, the frog came out of the bottle and run away.
Uru-abari uru mani u-wati botori d-oarora
3pl.wake.up 3pl that 3pl.see bottle 3sg.empty
Those two woke up and saw that the bottle was empty.
Ampefe uru u-sera
so 3pl 3pl.search
so they looked for it.
Arikang nini, kaisung nini d-eti to neo sepatu rorongpo,
child this , boy this 3sg.see to his shoes inside
wape kidowa bereri
but frog no to.be
This child , this boy looked into his shoes, but the frog wasn’t there.
Fiawera s-uba nung poi to botori rorong
dog 3sg.enter head its to bottle inside
The dog put its head into the bottle.
Aha , urutamua u-fai une suwireiyai,
Then, both of them 3pl.open their window
kaisung kutu nei s-ahu weo ne kidowa foi
boy small this 3sg.call for his frog the
Then, both of them opened their window, this boy called for his frog.
Aha , fiawera konta d-oa na suwireiyai,
Then, frog also 3sg.stand in window
wape nung poi f-iating to woriai ehakaha
but head his 3sg.pull to out no again
Then, the dog also stood at the window, but it couldn’t get its head.
Nung poi s-atari to botori rorongpo wiro f-iating to woriai ehakaha
Head its 3sg.enter to bottle inside but 3sg.pull to woriai no again
Its head that had been put inside the bottle couldn’t be pulled out.
Ampefe kaisung ne d-oawo, fiawera s-awing to woriai
So boy this 3sg.still stand, dog 3sg.throw itself to out
So, while the boy was still standing at the window the dog threw itself out the window.
Aweu na kahofafo botorifo tibau.
until /descend in land bottle .
On reaching the ground the bottle broke.
Aha, kaisung poi s-oiri to ung aweu t-efu ne fiawera
Then, boy the 3sg.jump to descend below 3sg.catch his dog
s-oruwi kokoi, ne fiawerafoi.
3sg.cuddle koko , his dog
Then, they also jumped down to catch his dog and cuddle it.
Uru u-sera kidowa nariai awarei airorong rabuangtai
3pl 3pl.search frog again sampai forrest middle
They searched for the frog again reaching the middle of a forrest,
Reaching the edge of a forrest.
Na nanai uru u-wati ai bitoya , ampefe uru u-sau mambiriu paria
In there 3pl 3pl.see tree many, so 3pl 3pl.call strong very
There they saw there were trees, so they called loudly.
Uru u-ra to ai rowei, na ai nani aniwa n-yai nai
3pl 3pl.walk to tree one , in tree that bees 3sg.stay with
They came to a tree, at that tree there were bees.
Fiawera nei dawio aniwa foi
dog this tease bees that
This dog teased the bees
Kaisung nei d-eti kamirei ketui bei, deitarao kidowa foi d-ediwa nai,
Boy this 3sg.see hole small one, 3sg.think frog that 3sg.hide with
ampefe s-uang aweu to kamirei foi tuti s-ahu
so 3sg.ben down to hole that and 3sg.call
This boy, he saw there was a small hole, he thought the frog was hiding inside, so he bent down to the hole and called.
Kutu, s-ahu nanai fiawera nei n-yai sonihingno aio
Now, 3sg.call progress dog this 3sg.stay 3sg-shake which tree
aniwa n-yai foi
bees 3sg.stay that
Now, while he was calling like this, this dog went and shook the tree that had the bees in it.
Aha mayeai kaisung poi s-ahu na kamirei foi wape kidowa
Then not long boy that 3sg.call in hole that but frog
kewariai kaha, mae karu dino kewariaine ampefe s-oiri.
appear no , but mouse which appear so 3sg.shocked
Then, it wasn’t long that this boy called in the whole, it wasn’t a frog that appears, but a mouse that appeared and he got a fright.
I s-oiri, aha kutu nanai fiawerea nei s-onihingno aio
3sg 3sg.shocked then while progress dog this 3sg.shake tree
aniwa n-yainai nei, maieai aniwa rotang poi s-awa.
bees 3sg.stay with, not.long bees nest that 3sg. fall
He got a fright, then at that moment this dog was shaking the tree that had bees, so the bees nest fell.
Aha, kaisung nei d-etio karu kewariai na kamirei,
Then, boy this 3sg.see mouse appear in hole
ampefe d-ahea d-autai na ai siai rowei
so 3sg.go 3sg.clim in tree other one
Then this boy saw a mouse come out of the whole he climbed up another three.
Kokoi, I s-era dohonaio n-yaina ai foi fe,
Koko, 3sg 3sg.search don’t until 3sg.stay in tree that which,
aio fuba rowei.
which tree big one
He searched lest it was in the tree, a big tree.
Tonanai I s-obu ai foi, romu bompai kewaraiai
Like.that 3sg 3sg.until tree that, bird ghost appeared
na kamirei foi, ampefe I s-oiri.
in hole that, so 3sg 3sg.shocked
Just as he reached the tree an owl came out from inside a hole and he got a fright.
Soiri, ampefe s-awa
3sg.shocked, so 3sg. fall
He got a shock, so he fell.
Nanai s-awai aweu fo aniwa nei s-ifo kontaifa,
When 3sg.fall down that bees this 3sg.fly also
fiawera nei m-itai kontai ampefe m-ito.
dog this 3sg.scared also so 3sg. run
When he fell the bees also flew, the dog was also scared and ran.
Aha, kaisung nei m-ito to kamia fuba bei, d-eo d-ediwa teai
Then, boy this 3sg.run to rock big a , 3sg.want 3sg.hide maybe
Then the boy ran to a big rock, maybe he wanted to hide.
He wanted to hide
Wape kutuo I m-ito nanai, romu pinang foi,
But when 3sg 3sg.run progress bird big that,
s-ifo na nung wowong po.
3sg.fly in head above his
But when he ran thus, the big bird flew above his head.
Aha, I m-itoa d-autai d-oanao kamiai wowong foi ambori s-ahu.
Then, 3sg 3sg.run 3sg.climb 3sg.stand rock above that then 3sg.call
Then, he ran up and stood on top of the rock, then called.
Wape wiro s-ahu weo kidowa foi kaha, I s-ahu we ne
But not 3sg.call for frog the that, 3sg 3sg. call for his
fiawera foi, weo fiawera foi m-ito ampa
dog that, because dog that 3sg.run already
But, he didn’t call the frog, he called his dog, because the dog had run away.
Maeai andowa faura manei dama, s-oroai arikang
No.long.time deer horn one come, 3sg.take child
nei d-oa na kamiai wowong
this 3sg.stang in rock above.
It wasn’t long that a large deer arrived, its horn above the rock where the boy stood.
Faura foi , s-oroai
nei w-iana nunggkamiai foi, k-iari
Horn that, 3sg.make climb child this 3sg.stay head that 3sg.take 3sg.run
The horn lifted him up onto the deer’s head and run away with him.
Weo fiawera d-etio ampefe fiawera foi m-ito d-awi i
Because dog 3sg.see so dog that 3sg.run 3sg.chase it
Because the dog saw , it also followed, chasing.
Awao taterai dereung, andowa faura foi k-ebio arikang poi
Until valley edge , deer horn that 3sg.throw child that
na we taterafo, aha fiawera kontai weo m-itofo d-etio wetatera fo
in which valley, then dog also because 3sg.run 3sg.see valley that
dofongpo kaha ampefe s-awa konta to kofa
infront not so 3sg.fall also to descend
Reaching the edge of a valley the deer threw the child in the valley, then the dog also fell, because when running it didn’t see the valley in front, so it also fell with the child into the valley.
C-etawai na wetatera foi aweu mani c-osobu katai wemereafo
3pl.fall in edge that descend that 3pl.find place water
The fell into the valley into the water.
we katai mereafo moruto kaha, ampefe cerarang
because place water deep not , so safe
because the water wasn’t not deep , they were safe.
Arikang poi j-uai fiawera foi s-oduati wiana warabeawa foi,
Child that 3sg.lift dog that 3sg.make clibe 3sg.stay shoulder that,
nungkamiai foi s-oi to rei
head his 3sg.go to / aim for land
The boy lifted his dog onto his shoulder, his head, then walked aiming for land.
Wape u-tarami amani kidowa manei d-ohong rarutu
But 3pl.hear there frog one 3sg.make rarotu
But they hear the sound of frog.
Ampefe arikang nei d-eisarai we fiawera fo k-iamangtawani,
So child this 3sg.make know for dog that 3sg.make sign
So the boy told –made a sign for his dog”quiet”
Ampefe fiawera nemboru
So dog quiet
Ururuhia u-rauna ai robong tibata rowei,
Two 3pl.climb tree trunk fall one
w-iarurang waya dereung.
3sg.stay river edge
The two of them climbed a tree trunk that was at the edge of the river.
Arikang mang nei d-autai to ai raing, na ai raing poi
Child boy this 3sg.climb to tree above, in tree above that
d- eti aweu mani kidowa mandu u-minohi na ai neung poi
3sg.see descend that frog two 3sg. sit in tree below that
The boy climbed up onto the tree then from the top of the tree there they looked down there were two frogs sitting under the tree there.
Kidowa m-inohi na ai neung poi maeai
Frog 3sg.sit in tree below that no.long.time
mani ne arikangposa e-ra e-fauma
that its child-child 3sg.come 3sg.many
Frogs sat below the tree there, after not lon many other baby frogs came.
Arikang mang nei d-etio weo neo kidowa kontai ria sa fe
Child boy this 3sg.see for his frog also with they perhaps
The boy watched, perhaps his frog was there.
I d-etia mani tarai kontai ampefe I s-uan aweu
3sg 3sg.see that right also so 3sg 3sg.bent down
k-ia ne kidowa foi.
3sg.take his frog that
He looked , it was there, so he bent down and picked it up.
I s-uan aweu k-iari, aha u-rawa nina
3sg. 3sg.bent down 3sg.take, then 3sg.go already.
He bent down and picked it up, and then those two went home.
Ure u-rawa mani aringkan poi d-eti berahi
3pl.want 3pl.walk that child that 3sg.see return
tuti j-uai warang weo kidowa manei fosa
and 3sg.lift arm for frog which other
na e-minohi na ai robong w-ia rurang mereha foi.
In 3sg.sit in tree trunk 3sg.stay edge water that
As they were going home the boy turned and raised his hand to the other frogs that were sitting on the big tree by the edge of the water.