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Prose Selection
from Spoken Marshallese

Piiḷ Tūreep. - Field Trip. [SM 22]

Ālkin aolep ruo allōñ, waan rawūn eṇ ej raun ñan aolep aelōñin Ṃajeḷ. Wāween rawūn, waan rawūn eṇ ej etal ñan aolep āne in Rālik, ñe ebooḷ kobban kab ñe emaat ṃōñā im ṃweiuk, erọọl ñan Majro, eakto im ektak, kaṃōjḷọk tūreep eṇ an. Ejja wāween dein wōt an rawūn Ratak. Wūnin tūreep in rawūn kein, kōnke en bōkḷọk ṃōñā im ṃweiuk im ektak waini jān aolep aelōñ ko ilikin Mājro. Ilo Ṃajeḷ kiiō, ewōr jilu waan rawūn: Militobi, MIECO Queen, im Rālik-Ratak.
Every two months [as of 1965] a field trip ship makes the rounds of all the islands of the Marshalls. The procedure is for the field trip ship to go to all the islands of the Rālik, and when it is fully loaded and all food and trade goods are gone, it returns to Majuro, off-loading and on-loading, to finish the trip. The same procedure is followed for the Ratak round-trip. The purpose of the round-trips is to take food and trade goods and bring copra from all the outer islands to Majuro. In the Marshalls now [as of 1965] there are three field-trip ships: the Militobi, the MIECO Queen, and the Rālik-Ratak.