1. a desire, a wish, love, will

  • Em i laik bilong em.
    It’s what she wants.
  • long laik bilong em of her own free will
  • laik bilong yu as you wish
  • Mi gat laik long Alan.
    I’m falling in love with Alan.

2. to like to, to want to, to wish to

  • kisim long laik bilong yu to choose
  • Mi laik go long taun.
    I want to go to the town.
  • Mi no laik.
    I don’t want to.
  • no laik tru abhor
  • daunim laik resist temptation

3. to be ready to; to be about to

  • Mi pilim olsem mi laik sik.
    I feel as if I were getting sick.
  • Ren i laik kam nau.
    It is about to rain.


1. a line, a row, a queue

  • Ol skulmanki i save sanap long lain.
    The school children stand in a line.

2. a coconut plantation

3. a clan, an ancestral line

  • ol lain bilong Kikori the people of Kikori
  • haus lain clan, extended family

4. age-group, grade, group, religious order

  • lain i save experts
  • lain pis a catch of fish

5. to be line; to queue

  • Ol manmeri i lain pinis long beng.
    The people stand in line at the bank.

6. to learn, to study about

  • Meri i lain long samapim klos.
    The woman is learning to sew clothes.

7. a village meeting, to have a village meeting

  • Long ples ol save lain o kibung olgeta Mande long skelim tok long ol kain kain trabel bilong ples.
    Back home people have a village meeting on Mondays to consult about all sorts of village problems.

8. a rope, a cord

  • pislain fishing line


1. to line up, to put something in line

  • Lainim ol buk.
    Line up the books.

2. to put in order, to arrange, to get ready

  • lainim plet (line plate) to set the table
  • Lainim ol samting bilong wok.
    Get the tools ready.

3. to learn something, to study something

  • lainim pasin bilong skul become accustomed to school ways
  • Yu lainim wanem samting long skul?
    What are you learning in school?

4. to teach someone something

  • lainim hos (line horse) to train a horse
  • Lainim ol meri long rit.
    Teach the women to read.



FYI: Pigs, dogs and poultry were introduced prior to European contact, and horses, sheep and cattle in the late 19th century. Most of the livestock introduced from Asia and Australia in the 1920s and 1930s were slaughtered during World War II. In spite of active encouragement of livestock projects by the colonial Administration and the national government, most attempts at commercial production have failed. Pig and poultry production have been the most successful. In 1990 there were an estimated 3,000,000 chickens, 1,000 horses, 103,000 cattle, 2,000,000 pigs, 4,000 sheep and 14,000 goats.