Languages

Biak

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Introduction

Biak is a language of Indonesia. It is spoken in West Papua Province, Biak Numfor regency. Biak and Numfor islands north, numerous small islands east and west of Bird’s Head, including Mapia island. .

Dialects

Ariom, Bo’o, Bosnik, Dwar, Fairi, Jenures, Kamer, Korido, Korim, Mandusir, Mapia, Mios Num, Mofu, Monoarfu, Opif, Padoa, Penasifu, Rumberpon, Samberi, Sampori (Mokmer), Sor, Sorendidori, Sorido, Sundei, Vogelkop, Wadibu, Wardo, Wari, Warsa. Some consider Biak and Numfor dialect 2 languages.

The Biak Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitear|k
to blowwuf
to breathemnasu
to burnkun
to buykobĕs
to chewmam
to choosesra
to climbaber
to comerāma
to cook[fa]fnap
to countkor
to crykanĕs
to cut, hackkaruk
to die, be deadmār
to digba, er
to dreammafu
to drinkinĕm
to eatān
to fallmĕmgokĕf
to fearmkāk
to flowki
to flyrob
to growsur
to hearmnaf
to hideyofĕk
to hitrab
to holdkin
to huntyafyof
to kill[ma]mun
to know, be knowledgeablefau
to laughmbrif
to lie downbarĕk
to live, be alivekenĕm
to open, uncoverbās
to plantkarker
to pound, beatnuk
to sayfaya, kofen
to scratchrār
to seemam, mgasi
to sewsapsip
to shootkfo
to sitkeïn
to sleepenĕf
to sniff, smellnasĕm
to spitaninef
to splitkabas, kes, mef
to squeezeo|mĕs, ramĕs
to stab, piercekuk
to standorĕs
to stealkarau
to sucksum, syosĕf
to swellbiar
to swimās
to thinkswār
to throwso
to tie up, fastenyabĕk
to turnkabĕr
to walk
to vomitaw[u]
to workfararur
to yawnmabab

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