1. to come

  • kam nating (come nothing) come empty handed or without a specific purpose
  • kam stil (come still) to sneak
  • kam bipotaim (come before time) to come early
  • kambekĀ come back
  • Yu stap we na yu kam?
    Where did you come from?
  • Dok ya i kam we?
    Where did that dog come from?
  • Em i pulim mama i kam insait.
    He pulled his mother inside.
  • Ol i lukim smok na kam nau.
    They saw the smoke and came.
  • Tau i kam nau.
    Tau is coming now.
  • Tupela i kam pinis.
    The two came.

2. i kam bring, here

  • Kisim kulau i kam.
    Bring the green coconut here.


1. to come up, appear, arrive, grow, become, get

  • Bipo em i liklik, tasol nau em i kamap bikpela.
    He was small, but now he’s big.
  • Em i kamap bikpela nau.
    He’s bigger now.
  • Gras i kamap bikpela gen.
    The lawn has grown tall again.
  • I no inap kamap.
    It won’t happen.
  • San i kamap.
    The sun has come up.
  • ples sankamap east
  • taim dispela i save kamap when this happened

2. to begin

  • Goroka so i kamap long Julai.
    The Goroka show is starting in July.
  • Nupela yia i kamap.
    A new year is starting.

3. to come to, to arrive at, to reach

  • i no kamap yet to be missing
  • kamap pas; kamap paslain long ol to arrive before the others
  • Mi kamap pinis, mi kam kamap.
    I (have) arrived.
  • taim mi kamap nupela when I first arrived

4. kamap ples klia to be revealed, to be in the open

  • Bipo ol tok i stap hait, tasol nau ol i kamap ples klia.
    Before the message was a secret, but now it is in the open.

5. to happen

  • Wanpela samting i kamap.
    Something happened.
  • I kamap pinis.
    It happened.


1. to start, to originate, to begin, to come up with

  • Gavman i kamapim sampela senis pinis.
    The government has started to make some changes.
  • kamapim biknem long haus lain to make a name for the clan
  • kamapim nupela pasin to begin a new custom

2. to reveal, to come up with

  • Gavman i kamapim nupela takis.
    The government came up with new taxes.

3. to improve or help something happen

  • gutpela samting bilong kamapim PNG good things that improve PNG
  • Em i givim mani long kamapim festival.
    He gave money to help the festival improve.

4. to develop