Thursday, February 28, 2013

Isinay Dictionary in the Internet

JUST FOR FUN, I Googled "Isinay dictionary" a little while ago.

To my surprise, of the screenful and many more screens of Web Results, the following two items caught my fancy:

Isinay English Dictionary
  • Isinay English Dictionary. Search · Random Word · Add Word. Enter a Isinay or English word. 27 Entries. Enter text that you would like dictionary links to.
Isinay English and English Isinay Dictionary Free Online Translation
  • Free Online Dictionary Isinay English and Free Online Translation Isinay English Dictionaries.
Again, just for fun, your Isinay Bird clicked into these sites.

Know what? What I found was not funny.

The first indicated something like 27 entries. Yes, only 27. As in that's all the word population that the Isinay language has!

Of course, those of you who grew up or have been to Isinay land, know the truth. At the brink of extinction as it may be, the Isinay language has certainly thousands of words in its vocabulary, not only 27.

Okay, ever the flexible fellow, your Isinay Bird did try to give a break.

I typed "beautiful" in the slot its so-called Isinay dictionary had. Out came "maserot." 

Fine, I said to myself. 

Then I typed "ugly". Aha! No answer!

Curious as to what version of Isinay this website is supposed to be using, I typed the word "delicious". And out came the answer: "mamis".

Gotcha! I cheered inside me. It's using Aritao-Dupax Isinay.

I went to the next:

When I clicked it, out came this clickable note in blue: Isinay English Dictionary Free Online Translation

" is dedicated to furthering the understanding and appreciation of the people of the Philippines. We seek to promote a community that works together to provide information and educate people about things such as the history, culture, language, art, and geography of the Philippines. The Internet is the primary tool we are using to accomplish this."
Aha, the same! But that's not all. Below this ID of is an orange-colored and pill-sized boxed marked Donate.
Now, I don't know how you take it, but I am beginning to be afraid to pursue my earlier plan to share all my Isinay word findings on-line.
In particular, I'm tumaut (afraid) that if I'm going to do that, certain sectors that are "ectopic" to the serious efforts to revitalize my language would be so scheming as to dip their dirty fingers into the pie, puweson (grab) everything that should not belong to them, and if legitimate Isinays and language activists would approach them, they would be asked to shell out donations.

Beyandaj daranyen milelleleman si ba^ba^ tauwar an Isinay!


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