1. fire

  • mama i kukim kaukau long paia.
    mother is roasting sweet potatoes in the fire.

2. to burn

  • haus i paia.
    the house is burning.

3. anger

  • bel bilong em i paia tru.
    he is very angry.

4. lightening

  • klaut i paia na kukim diwai.
    lightning struck and burned the tree.


1. fireman

  • ol paiaman kilim paia.
    the fireman put the fire out.

2. the person who looks after the fire in a copra drier

  • paiaman i slip na paia long haus kopra i dai.
    the fireman fell asleep and the fire in the copra drier went out.
  • haus paiaman (also haus kopra) copra drying house


1. to look for something

  • Tomas i painim wanpela balus long bus.
    Thomas is looking for an aeroplane in the jungle.
  • mi painim yet.
    I’m still looking (for it).
  • mi givap long painim.
    I’ve given up looking for it.
  • painim wok to look for work, to be unemployed

2. to find

  • painim pinis found
  • mi painim pinis.
    I have found it.
  • Maria i wok long painim galip long maket, tasol i no painim pinis.
    Maria is looking for galip nuts in the market, but she hasn’t found any yet.