Ambai is a Malayo-Polynesian language spoken by about 10,000 people in Papua Province of Indonesia. In particular, it is spoken mainly on the Ambai Islands, and also in the south of Japen Island. It is spoken mainly by older people, while children are more likely to speak Indonesian.

Ambai alphabet and pronunciation

Ambai alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Ambai (Excel)

Sample text

Kaisung kutu manei tuti ne fiawera. Uru u-minohi ao u-remi mamong, ampefe u-rawa u-rena. Uru-abari uru mani u-wati botori d-oarora


A little boy with his dog, they sit, they watch a frog in a bottle. While they were still asleep, the frog came out of the bottle and run away. Those two woke up and saw that the bottle was empty.


Sample video in Ambai


Information about the Ambai language

Malayo-Polynesian languages

Alorese, Amarasi, Ambai, Ambel, Anuki, Balinese, Bambam, Banjarese, Batuley, Bengkulu, Bima, Bugis, Bushi, Chamorro, Dawan, Duri, Fijian, Fordata, Galoli, Gayo, Iban, Indonesian, Javanese, Kei, Kerinci, Komering, Lamaholot, Lampung, Ledo Kaili, Madurese, Makasarese, Malagasy, Malay, Mamasa, Mandar, Mandar, Mbula, Mentawai, Minangkabau, Mualang, Musi, Ngaju, Nias, Ogan, Palauan, Sasak, Selaru, Sumbawa, Sundanese, Tetum, Tii, Toqabaqita, Toraja-Sa'dan, Ulumandaʼ, Urak Lawoi’, Wamesa, Western Rote, Yamdena

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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