Sunday, April 29, 2018


Ngionan (pronounced as Ngio-nan) is a verb of action feeling to avoid. It's not practically physical but avoid as in feelings so that it won't happen. Very rare word that could easily forgotten by the younger generation because they never heard of it.

Example of the use of "Ngionan" in daily life.

Ngionan ku' nyam oda' yoh nang sind'a noh - loosely translated "I feel like he shouldn't have say the words"

Tuesday, April 3, 2018


Gogah (pronounce as Go-gah) is an adjective for physically energetic. Someone who is recently sick and recover with energetic physical can be called "Gogah".

Someone who is actively working hard (hard working) physically also can be called Gogah

Monday, April 2, 2018


Ngayun (pronounce as Nga-yun) is a verb for the action to sit on a swing. This also apply to the Gawai tradition where the "Dayung Borih" will sit down and swing on it sing the ritual song to the spirit. I have no idea what are they singing although been once sitting on the ayun listening to my Grandma and her friends singing that song.


Sipiagg (pronounce as Si-piagg) is a noun for fraction of wood that is cut little by little. Specifically the word is used when the tree is cut down slanting instead of straight horizontal. This word is among the old word that very rarely used this days as the younger generations slowly phasing out their life activities with corporate work instead of farming. I have heard someone use this word on the Wai FM Radio Bidoyoh (Jagoi).

The picture below described exactly what "Sipiagg" looks like - it is the cutting debris of the trees. The action of chopping in the manner of chipping the tree is called "Nyipiagg" which literally means almost chipping away one after another until it fall apart.

Another picture to show "Sipiagg" is a noun for wood cut in the manner of slicing them into pieces where the action again is called "Nyipiagg".


Mamuh (pronounce as Ma-muh) is a verb to take bath or to take shower. - usually in the stream or river. The word Ma-muh is being used by many other ethnic tribe that is closely related to the Bijagoi language. This is a reference made by some scholars about the related dialects that closely related to the Bijagoi Reference:

Saturday, March 31, 2018


Nyigal (pronounce as Nyi-gal) - ritual dance during the Gawai (harvest festival) ceremony. Video below shows how the nyigal dance is performed during Gawai ceremony by the Bijagoi elders.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


Sint'Na' / Sind'Na' (pronounce as Sind'Na' Or Sint'Na') - is a noun for a knife.

Very simple interesting word - reading about a brief story of the Albanian in the eastern Europe there is Illyrian's word called "Sika" or Proto-Albanian called it "Tsika" which almost the same as the Bidayuh Bijagoi called Sind'Na'. Although the spelling maybe different but the sound of calling it almost 90% similar.

Illyrian's "Sika", Proto-Albanian "Tsika" and Bidayuh Bijagoi Sind'Na' are the same meaning for knife. This shows how close and connected we are with the world far beyond our land.

There is that word called Duku' (Cleaver / Machete) in Iban dialects and Bukuo' in Bidayuh Jagoi which is almost with the same meaning as old Amernian word in the eastern Europe called "daku" for Axe.


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