Languages

Ambai

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Introduction

Ambai is a language of Indonesia. It is spoken in Papua Province, Yapen Waropen regency, Yapen Selatan and Yapen Timur subdistricts, 10 villages. On Ambai island in Cenderawasih bay, south of Serui town, along south coast of Serui island. .

Dialects

Ambai (Wadapi-Laut), Manawi, Randawaya. Closely related to Ansus (See: Ansus?), Woi (See: Woi?), Pom (See: Pom?), Wabo (See: Wabo?), Marau (See: Marau?), Papuma (See: Papuma?), Munggui (See: Munggui?), and Kurudu (See: Kurudu?). Lexical similarity: 77% with Serui-Laut (See: Serui-Laut?), 71% with Wandamen (See: Wandamen).

The Ambai Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitei-kiri
to blowsiai
to breatheaiou
to buyi-vori
to chooseyi-riri
to climb-utai
to come-ma
to cooki-nunu
to counti-eto
to cryi-sai
to cut, hacki-kutui
to die, be deadreha
to digi-sarai
to dream-miai
to drinki-unu
to eati-ampi
to falli-tawa
to feari-matai
to flowdeda
to flysifo
to heari-tara-hu oa
to hiti-tuhiŋ
to holdi-ruti
to hunti-mumpi
to killi-muni
to know, be knowledgeabletawana
to laughi-miri
to lie downi-vata
to open, uncoveri-fai
to planti-tanamp
to pound, beati-tut|ahi
to sayi-eoa
to scratchramati
to seei-vati
to sewi-awa
to shooti-ana
to siti-minohi
to sleepi-ena
to sniff, smell-naha
to spiti-kanui
to spliti-tarabauri
to squeezei-kuari
to stab, piercei-isaŋ
to standi-oa
to steali-kamananapi
to sucki-sufi
to swellbebara
to swim-eria
to thinktituaita
to throwi-so
to tie up, fasteni-aviti
to turnbera
to walki-ra
to vomiti-mamuta
to worki-ohondomi
to yawn

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