mama

1. mother

  • lapun mama grandmother (also tumbuna)
  • wasmama stepmother
  • susu mama wet nurse; madam (when addressing an elderly woman)
  • Mama, yu laikim wanem?
    Madam, what would you like?
  • Mama lo Constitution of Papua New Guinea
  • Papua Niugini i gat banis aninit long Mama lo.
    Papua New Guinea has laws underneath the Constitution.

2. the female owner of a thing

  • mama bilong pik owner of the pig

pikinini

Derived from Portuguese word ‘pequeninho’, which means ‘little’.

1. baby

  • Mama i givim susu bilong em long pikinini.
    The mother is breastfeeding the baby.
  • karim pikinini to bear a child

2. a child, son, daughter, niece, nephew, descendent

  • Em pikinini bilong mi.
    He/she is my child.
  • pikinini man/boi son, male child
  • pikinini meri/gel daughter, female child

3. offspring of an animal

  • John i gat sikispela pikinini pik.
    John has six piglets.

4. fruit

  • Mi laik kaikai sampela pikinini bilong mon.
    I would like to eat some New Guinea walnuts.
  • karim pikinini to bear fruit

5. seed of a plant

  • Billy i planim wanpela pikinini mango bilong Rabaul.
    Billy planted a mango seed from Rabaul.