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Word for the Travel Wise (04/20/06)
Today's word is a Palauan word used in Palau:
chellimosk - expert; a person who has in depth knowledge on his/her trade
Palauan (also spelled Belauan) is spoken by some 15,000 people in Palau. It is considered one of the two languages of Micronesia and belongs to the Austronesian language family. Palauan is 64.7% official in all islands except Sonsoral, Tobi and Angaur. Filipino and English are also spoken on the island. Learning Palauan online may prove a bit difficult, but you can start at this Palau: Airai - Native Place site. The word list found here covers family members, society and terms relating to geography. A small pronunciation guide is included below the list as well. Palau Island has a phrase list, common proverbs, and tons of info on diving and things to do and see when visiting one of Oceania's most popular destinations.