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Prose Selection
from Spoken Marshallese

Pinniep. - Coconut oil. [SM23]

Ṃōttan men ko rōḷḷap tokjāer im rej waḷọk jān ni ej pinniep. Pinniep ej kōṃṃan jān waini im ri-Ṃajeḷ rej kōjerbale ñan elōñ men ko āinwōt ekkapit bar, ānbwin, ñan wūno im ñan romrom. Ewōr ruo wāween kōṃṃan pinniep. Wāween eo ṃokta rej kōjeeke. Ṃoktata, ālkin aer raankeik waini eṇ im bōk eaḷ eṇ jāne, rej kōjeeke im ej erom pinniep. Kein karuo wāween, rej kōmatte ālkin aer bōk eaḷ in waini eṇ. Wāween jab in, eḷapḷọk an ṃōkaj im pinniep eṇ ejjap kannooj ḷōḷ im āinwōt eṇ me rej kōjeek wōt. Jet iien ilo aer kōmatte rej likit wōt men ko rōñaj ie bwe en ennọ bwiin im jab ḷōḷ.
Among the products of importance from coconut trees is coconut oil. Coconut oil is made from copra, and the Marshallese use it for many things, such as hair oil, body oil, medicine, and for illumination. There are two ways to make coconut oil. The first way is to dry it under the sun. First of all, after they have grated the copra and taken the coconut milk from it, they heat it under the sun and it becomes coconut oil. The second way, they cook it after they have taken the coconut milk. This method is faster and the coconut oil isn’t really musty, like that which is only dried under the sun. Sometimes when they cook it they put things that are fragrant with it just so that it will smell good, and not musty.