Sinama-English Dictionary

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The following dictionary is a work in progress of SIL Philippines.  It can be found in its original context here:

About the Central Sinama Language and its Dialects

Central Sinama is one of 9 languages belonging to the Sama-Bajaw family.  It is closely related to Sinama Banguingi and Southern Sinama.  There are many dialect groupings within the Central Sinama language.  Some of the more prominent dialect groups are: Sama Dilaut (known in the Philippines as the Badjao or as the Bajau Laut in Malaysia), Sama Siasi (Laminusa, Sibaud, Manubal, Musu’, Sama Silumpak), Sama Tabawan, and Sama Bintaulan.

A Work in Progress – You Might Be Able to Help

If you are a Sama who speaks one of the dialects of Central Sinama.  You may be able to help this work in progress in its preparation for publication.  Please see details at the bottom of the post.

Improving the Dictionary

If you are a native speaker of one of the various dialects of Central Sinama, you can help us by:

Suggesting Sinama words for inclusion in the dictionary (Click Here)

Reviewing words submitted by other users (Click Here)

Suggesting definitions for words that have multiple senses (meanings), (not yet available)

Suggesting example sentences for words (not yet available)


19 Responses

  1. abu kassim bin mujahid
    abu kassim bin mujahid April 30, 2012 at 8:27 am |

    saya mahu belajar bahasa bajau sama kamu boli ka?

  2. shayandra
    shayandra June 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm |

    want to get sinama-English dictionary

  3. Oto' Maheya
    Oto' Maheya July 30, 2012 at 9:15 pm |

    I have forgotten my Sinama and I want to learn again so this dictionary will be of great help for me. Magsukol to-od.

  4. Anthony L. Tan
    Anthony L. Tan July 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm |

    Asusa ako imbal na ako atao mag Sinama.

    1. Josiah Ang
      Josiah Ang July 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm |

      Di maunu, Lashia, Tausug-Sama da isab kaw . . . bukun puru!

  5. Mmyxckzsh Hhailaya
    Mmyxckzsh Hhailaya August 1, 2012 at 7:05 am |

    niya pdf na dictionary e2?

    1. Kolongan Sinama
      Kolongan Sinama August 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm |

      Halam lagiꞌ. Mura-murahan aniyaꞌ ma sinosōng.

  6. raja ali
    raja ali August 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm |

    Im speaking and know many kind of sinama, but Im little confiuse..too many varity sinama in your dictionary.. is this sinama tawi2?

  7. Nurshan Abdurajak
    Nurshan Abdurajak August 6, 2012 at 8:02 am |

    Ahagpay barrowed word from Tausug Mahagpay….I think the word should be in original sama ADINGIN means COLD. E.g. Adingin bohe ulan.

    1. Kolongan Sinama
      Kolongan Sinama August 6, 2012 at 11:20 pm |

      Magsukul Nurshan. Bꞌnnal ka. Bay pihaꞌku 'ahagpay' ma dictionary si Sir Kemp Pallesen. Halam aniyaꞌ. Mastalku bay half-Sama/half-Tausug. Angkan aniyaꞌ ahagpay maitu. We are working on a way to make this dictionary more interactive so that it will be easier to edit. I still hope I can obtain permission to use the Pallesen dictionary online, because it is a much better starting point than this dictionary from my first month of language learning.

  8. Nurshan Abdurajak
    Nurshan Abdurajak August 7, 2012 at 8:35 am |

    ahibuk borrowed sinug subay original sama – ahidjul; akayog subay sama na ang'agkag; al'mmi should be interpreted as something you dislike e.g Angay al'mmi ka ma kinakan ko? means Why, you dislike my food? while al'mmis this means dirty; angastol original sama akagit;.

  9. Jay Escultor Salapuddin
    Jay Escultor Salapuddin April 11, 2017 at 11:53 pm |

    @Irymee’Catilogo Beringel: magandang umaga sa sinama ay “hap subu”, magandang gabi ay “hap sangom” at maraming salamat ay “magsukur toongan”. 🙂

  10. Aiyn
    Aiyn February 1, 2018 at 8:30 am |

    Salamualykum…Alhamdulillah.. very thankful and proud aku makaam that u hve able to come up with this wonderful page.
    proud bangsa Sama


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