Beami

Beami is a member of the Beami group of Trans-New-Guinea languages. It is spoken by about 5,000 people in the Western Province in the southwest of Papua New Guinea, particularly to the east of Nomad, and also in the Southern Highlands Province.

Beami is also known as Bedamini, Bedamuni or Mougulu. One dialect is called Komofio.

Beami is written with the Latin script, and there is a Beami translation of The Bible. However, only about 15-25% of Beami speakers are literate in their language.

Beami alphabet and pronunciation

Beami alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Beami (Excel)

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Amalalu, Yesu da ilima amane sia:i, “Dilia da Godema sia:ne gadosea, agoane sia:ma, ‘Ada Gode! Dia hadigi Dio amoma dunu ilia nodone dawa:mu da defea. Dia Hinadafa Hou da osobo bagadega doaga:mu da defea.
  2. Ninia wali ha:i manu defele, ha:i manu ninima ima.
  3. Ninia wadela:i hou hamoi amo Di gogolema:ne olofoma. Bai ninia da dunu huluane amo da ninima wadela:i hou hamosea, amo gogolema:ne olofosa. Amola gasa bagade dafama:ne ado ba:su hou, amoma nini mae oule masa!’”

Source: https://www.bible.com/en-GB/bible/2441/LUK.11.BEO

Translation (English)

  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Source: https://www.bible.com/bible/1/LUK.11.KJV

Sample video

Information about Beami | Numbers | Tower of Babel

Links

Information about Beami
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beami_language
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beami
https://lingweb.eva.mpg.de/channumerals/Beami.htm
http://www.language-archives.org/language/beo

Trans-New Guinea languages

Amele, Awara, Barai, Beami, Blagar, Borong, Bunak, Dadibi, Daga, Huli, Kanasi, Ketengban, Makalero, Meriam Mir, Nobonob, Sawila, Tairoa, Teiwa, Wantoat

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page created: 24.06.24. Last modified: 24.06.24

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